Holiday-palooza



Chat with Santa online – or track him as he makes his rounds

What Would the 12 Days of Christmas Gifts Cost in 2013?

10 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From Around The World

25 of the Saddest Santa Pictures Ever

And stay safe!
Use your credit card at Target? Here’s what to do if your data might have been swiped

Celebrating safely through the winter holidays

Holiday Hazard Checklist

Holiday and Christmas tree fire safety outreach materials

Wishing you the best holiday ever – see you again in the New Year!

 

Things Matter: A fun animation makes the case for protecting them


Check out this fun, engaging, 90-second stop-motion animated commercial for John Lewis Insurance, one of Britain’s top insurance firms. Common household objects take on a life of their own to drive home the point that “things matter.” The spot is intended to highlight “the emotional side of insuring the things that matter in the home.”

Visit the insurer’s page to see a behind-the-scenes “making of” video and to see the insurer’s affiliated contest that invites users to compete for prizes by submitting their own VINE video clips.

Celebrate the First International Happiness Day


Sorry we didn’t give you more notice, but it has only just come to our attention that today, March 20, is the International Day of Happiness. Coincidentally, it’s also the first day of Spring, so there’s a good reason to be happy right there. Normally, Spring begins on March 31, but Joe Rao at SPACE.com explains why spring is early this year.
Getting back to happiness, an article in the International Herald Tribune tells us that the small Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan started the “happiness day” concept. The residents of Bhutan are so committed to the idea of happiness that they think that prosperity and progress should be measured by gauging its citizens’ happiness levels rather than the typical gauge of measuring the GDP.
They are on to something. Happy people not only enjoy life, they have more of it: Studies link happiness to health and to longevity.
Even if you spent the first half of International Happiness Day in a foul and grumpy mood, there’s still a good part of the day and evening left to shift gears. To get you started, we’ve supplied some mood music below, and we point you to the wonderful site called ZooBorns. Looking at 15 minutes of adorable baby animals should do the trick. In fact, we suggest a routine dose of animal cuteness as a good stress reducer every day.
Here’s another suggestion: do a random act of kindness right now. That will double the happiness quotient. If you are on the East Coast, you have 8 or more hours of potential happiness. Be a good world citizen – get started!