The top holiday sites of 2006
In what has become a holiday tradition, Click and Hack present some of our favorite holiday sites for 2006.One of the best sites we found this year is Elle’s Christmas Pages at http://www.growley.com/cmas. The site is graphic intensive, but very cool. Visit the Christmas village, decorate Christmas trees, build a snow family, and rescue Mrs. Claus from the havoc created by the elf children. You can also travel with the Wise Men, and build a nativity scene yourself by dragging and dropping the wise men, shepherds and sheep.Given the stress of the season, a good site for holiday cocktails seems to us to be in order. This year, our pick is http://www.whattodrink.com. You’ll find recipes for Christmas cocktails, shots and punches, as well as New Year’s drinks. A featured site from last year is http://www.theyulelog.com. Maybe you’re familiar with the Yule Log that airs on TV on Christmas day. No need for that archaic appliance, the TV. You can now use your computer! According to the site, TheYuleLog.com is a World Wide Web tribute to the annual televised celebration of the Christmas spirit, a tradition started by New York City’s WPIX-TV in 1966 that features a burning log inside a festive mantel piece with carols in the background. The site is a bit confusing and takes a very long time to load, even on broadband, but is well worth the visit.Still in the “bah humbug” state and don’t yet have a Christmas tree? No worries. You and your family can decorate a tree virtually at http://www.funranch.com/games/tree.Another new feature this year is http://www.virtualchristmas.com. The site allows you to e-mail Santa, create Christmas cards, view lyrics for carols, enjoy streaming Christmas music, and link to lots of goodies for kids including coloring pages, games, crafts, paper snowflakes, etc. http://www.northpole.com continues to be a good choice for fun for kids. Kids can write to Santa, read stories, enjoy karaoke, send e-cards, find recipes, play games and puzzles, print stories in color, and even create a personalized story! And yet another returning favorite from last year is http://www.noradsanta.org/index.php, which is extremely helpful on Christmas Eve for tracking Santa’s progress. The site even includes a Santa puzzle and a counter of how many cookies Santa has eaten on Christmas Eve. For a learning opportunity, check out the “How We Do It” link to discover the science behind how Santa is tracked. And, finally, for our Jewish readers, we have found what we think is a particularly nifty Hanukkah site, “It’s Not Your Father’s Hanukkah,” at http://www.caryn.com/holiday/holiday-chan.htmll. You’ll find lots of humor, clipart, activities, humorous and serious stories, recipes, “Hanukkah around the world,” books, and links to other sites. Also, check out The Hanukkah House at http://www.zigzagworld.com/draw/ to draw a Hanukkah scene and learn some much needed Hebrew while you’re at it!We think you’ll find these sites festive and enjoyable. To link to the sites directly, visit Click and Hack at our website at friscocomputerstore.com. Be sure to e-mail your favorites to us at email@example.com.
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