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HAPPY HOLIDAYS! from WAYNET.ORG
Best wishes for a safe and joyous holiday season!

  Jane   <|:-)}}}

IF YOU'RE FLYING....OVER THE RIVER
Flight Tracker - to see if Aunt Jennifer's flight is on time.
     *http://www.flytecomm.com/cgi-bin/trackflight

Indianapolis International Airport
     *http://www.indianapolisairport.com/

Dayton International Airport
     *http://www.flydayton.com/

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
     *http://www.cvgairport.com/


OR DRIVING....THROUGH THE WOODS
Indiana Road Conditions
     *
http://www.in.gov/isp/2332.htm (link updated 12/21/2008)

Ohio Road Conditions
     *http://www.buckeyetraffic.org/

Kentucky Road Conditions
     *http://511.ky.gov/

National Traffic and Road Closure Information
     *http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/
 

TIPS FOR VISITORS AND HOSTS
No matter if you'll be staying a week at Grandmas or just spending a couple of hours with your extended family, common courtesy can always make the visit more pleasant!

10 Ways to Be an Excellent House Guest
     * http://www.frugallawstudent.com/2007/11/19/10-ways-to-be-an-excellent-house-guest/

Host Etiquette
     *http://www.aish.com/family/heart/Host_Etiquette.asp

Guest Etiquette
     *http://www.aish.com/family/heart/Guest_Etiquette.asp

Vegetarian Etiquette: how to be the perfect guest or host
     *http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0820/is_n236/ai_19255452
 

FINDING A PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE
If you're looking to have an old-fashioned Christmas and cut your own tree, visit:

Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association (Hint: Check Fayette, Henry & Randolph Counties)
     *http://www.indianachristmastree.com/

Ohio Christmas Tree Association
     *http://www.ohiochristmastree.com/?sec=chooseandcut

How to Pick and Take Care of a Live Tree
     *http://groovygreen.com/groove/?p=703


Kids Activities
Here are some ideas for keeping the kids busy while you finish those last minute holiday preparations:

Games Kids Play
     *http://www.gameskidsplay.net/

Online Etch-a-Sketch
     *http://www.elfmovie.com/swf/etchasketch/index.html

Test your knowledge of all things Christmas with this quiz!
     *http://triviapark.com/quizzes/xmasquiz.html


Games for your holiday family gatherings 
Break the ice with relatives you rarely see with these holiday-inspired party games.

Christmas Party Games
     *http://holidays.kaboose.com/xmas-party.html

More Christmas Party Games
     *http://www.cdnbiz.net/xmas/games.html


Track Santa's Sleigh on Christmas Eve

NORAD Tracks Santa on Christmas Eve
     *http://www.noradsanta.org/en/home.html

NASA Tracks Santa
     *http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/home/seasonal/SantaTrack.html

Follow Santa as he delivers presents around the world on Christmas Eve via Google Earth
     *http://earth.google.com/santa/

Ever wonder how Santa can travel around the world in one night? 
     *http://mymerrychristmas.com/2005/ez-does.shtml


CHRISTMAS STORIES & TRADITIONS
For answers to questions from "Why do we decorate with evergreens and poinsettias?" to "What is it with fruitcake?", visit How Christmas Works.
     *http://www.howstuffworks.com/christmas.htm

Links to crafts, traditions, stories, and a "write to Santa" section.
     *http://www.santasearch.com/

Enjoy reading a brief history of Santa.
     *http://www.santalady.com/history.html

Rent a movie with a Christmas theme
     *http://www.christmasmovies.us/

Learn about Christmas celebrations around the world.
     *http://northpole.net/world.htm

Boxing Day is celebrated in the British Isles - What is Boxing Day?
     *http://homepages.tesco.net/~derek.berger/holidays/boxingday.html

Christmas cards were first printed in 1843. Learn more about this tradition.
     *http://www.oldfashionedliving.com/holidays/cmascards.html

**Start your own tradition - Send a WayNet.org Holiday E-Card!**
     *http://www.waynet.org/cards/default.htm

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
     *http://www.newseum.org/yesvirginia/

So, what exactly ARE the twelve days of Christmas?
     *http://www.howstuffworks.com/christmas16.htm

Read "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry
     *http://www.auburn.edu/~vestmon/Gift_of_the_Magi.html

Religious Christmas Traditions
     *http://www.biblebb.com/files/christmas00.htm

The Christmas Story, according to the Book of Luke
     *http://www.plymouthlights.com/meaning.htm

The Birth of Christ as told in the King James Bible
     *http://www.neloo.com/Christmas/birth.html

Locate the worship service of your choice by visiting WayNet's list of local religious organizations.
     *http://www.waynet.org/people/churches.html

Start a new Holiday Tradition
Holiday traditions donít have to be expensive. Some of the best traditions donít cost anything at all.  Today's children may be tech savvy, but most can still appreciate the joys of setting on a lap, listening to a great story.  Enjoy the classic old-time radio program, The Cinnamon Bear, with your family.

     *http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2006/11/30/the-cinnamon-bear-a-christmas-tradition/

     *Explore other old time radio shows
          http://www.radiolovers.com/
 

More Simple Christmas Traditions
Take a breather and remember that what most children remember about Christmas isn't the "stuff" but your family's unique holiday traditions.

Have a Very Simple Christmas
     *http://www.christianitytoday.com/cpt/2000/006/4.58.html

Simple Christmas Traditions Ideas
     *http://ezinearticles.com/?Simple-Christmas-Tradition-Ideas-for-Moms&id=360685

Make a "Good Deeds" Manger
     *http://mysite.verizon.net/stlukeep/advent/mangerproj.html


MORE WINTER HOLIDAY LINKS
Read the story of Chanukah (or Hanukkah) & learn the traditions.
     *http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday7.htm

Learn about Kwanzaa
     *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa

Learn about Ramadan
     *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan

Last minute gift and craft ideas
Watch a tutorial on creating a photo frame from a CD jewel case.
     *http://lifehacker.com/software/decorating/turn-cd-jewel-cases-into-photo-frames-218290.php

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas
     *http://www.realsimple.com/realsimple/package/0,21861,1683690-1137821,00.html

Back to Basics - How to Wrap a Gift
     *http://www.wikihow.com/Wrap-a-Present


HOW TO ICE SKATE

Whether you are invited to go skating in Oxford, OH at the Goggin Arena or if you're lucky enough to have a frozen pond in your backyard, you're still going to need to know how to ice skate!

How to Ice Skate
     *http://wiki.ehow.com/Ice-Skate-Well

Goggin Ice Arena, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (approx. 30 min. drive)
     *http://miami.ice.muohio.edu/


YEAR END GIVING
If this is the time of year you take a look at your finances and decide you would like to make a donation to your favorite charity, you can make a wise choice by visiting Guidestar to review local not-for-profit's financial statements.
  http://www.guidestar.org/
  (Try advanced search and enter state and zip code.)

WayNet > People > Clubs & Not-for-Profit Organizations
  http://www.waynet.org/business/non_profit.htm

 

 

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