Gift wrap

Dec 22, 2009
12:00 AM

Ask the Tweens: Playing in the snow

Dear Tweens, Are you too old to play in the snow, or can you still make the occasional snow angel here and there? Matt Dube I say there is no age limit. Some kids like to go outside and make snow angels. Some kids do not want to. They don’t want to go outside. They don’t want to get cold and wet and, worse, have the bitter cold biting their face and skin. But for the ones who do not mind it, I say, go outside and enjoy yourself! Ben Heifetz No way! I love playing in the snow with my friends and sledding down a snowy, icy hill at top speed. It always feels great to play outside for a few hours…

Dec 22, 2009
12:00 AM
Not so off-beat gift guide

Primer on last-minute gifts

By this time, if you haven’t finished your shopping yet, we’re sure you’re waking up in the middle of the night panicked and in a cold sweat. We feel for you, but may we point out that Christmas is always the same date, year after year? We know people say it “sneaks up on them,” but c’mon! Okay, we’re done being judgmental and are ready to help. We’ve compiled a list…

Dec 22, 2009
12:00 AM

Holiday store hours

In the days leading up to Christmas and the subsequent family gatherings, it’s inevitable that you’ll need to run out to the store at some point, whether it’s because you forgot the cranberry sauce or that coworker you hardly know got you a gift and now you need to reciprocate, fast. Lucky for you, we’ve got a list of holiday hours for grocery stores, drugstores, big box stores and even where you get your…

Dec 22, 2009
12:00 AM

School vacation activities

Keep the kiddos busy with these camps and activities happening over the next two weeks! N.H. Audubon Celebrate the end of 2009 by joining us for Winter Solstice Camp! We’ll keep your child active with educational games, outdoor adventures, live animals, crafts and stories. We’ll explore the winter world, find out who is still out and about, look for evidence of animal activity and share good times. Join in the…

Dec 22, 2009
12:00 AM
Nature 101

Apples on an oak tree

Have you ever seen the golf-ball-sized, apple-like objects growing on oak trees? They are caused by a tiny wasp that enlists the help of the mighty oak tree to shelter and care for its offspring. The female wasp, which is wingless, crawls up the trunk of the tree in the spring and goes out on a limb to implant an egg in a tender oak leaf bud. The result is an oak apple gall. Inside the…

Dec 22, 2009
12:00 AM
The food snob

The eggnog challenge

With the holidays come special food and drink that you only see this time of year. One of my favorites is eggnog. Why do I love eggnog so much? Is it the creaminess? Perhaps the piles of sugar per glass? Or maybe – just maybe – I love the way it goes so nicely with rum. I don’t know – I just know I like it. Still, I’m glad it’s only available once a year. I don’t think…