Count Down to Christmas With the New Care Bears Advent Calendar!

Count Down to Christmas With the New Care Bears Advent Calendar!

unnamedWith Christmas right around the corner, you can make this holiday season a beary merry adventure with your cuddly friends, the Care Bears. The brand new Care Bears Advent Calendar app from American Greetings is a magical interactive calendar you can download to your desktop or iPad, and each day brings festive fun! Follow your favorite Care Bears through a jolly experience filled with games, activities, videos and more to build the holiday excitement as you explore the dazzling sights of Care-a-Lot at Christmas time.

Packed with all of the fun sights and sounds of the holiday season children can start the countdown by ‘unlocking’ 25 activities like holiday-themed puzzles, videos, coloring pages and more, returning each day to unlock another activity.  Children can design hundreds of snowflakes and create their own white Christmas with the Care-a-Lot Snowflake maker, decorate the Care Bears Christmas tree with special ornaments, and enjoy other wintry fun activities.  Each day, click on the stars to reveal another special Care Bears surprise and check out all of the wondrous Christmas activities. Whether you’re helping trim the tree in the center of Care-a-Lot, making your own snowflakes or creating joyful scenes with interactive coloring pages, there’s something for everyone!

“The joyful and generous spirit of the holiday season and excitement of anticipating Christmas are a perfect fit for the sharing and caring message that’s synonymous with Care Bears,” said Derek Roberto, vice president of new media at AG Properties. “The interactive experience of exploring Care-a-Lot at Christmas is sure to make the season merry and bright with sights and sounds that will delight fans of all ages.”

Available now for iPads for $2.99 on the App Store.  A PC and MAC desktop app can be downloaded at

Spoiling the kids with Hanukkah and Christmas gifts but still teaching the meaning of both

Spoiling the kids with Hanukkah and Christmas gifts but still teaching the meaning of both

BbEjDymIQAAUrEXChrismukkah is a pop-culture referring to the merging of the holidays of Christianity’s Christmas and Judaism’s Hanukkah.  In my house thats just how we roll… I’m a beyond reformed jew (love bacon cheese burgers) and my wife grew up with the WWJD crowd.  Its always made for interesting discussions and of course some mutual agreed discussion about what we’re doing with our family.

My answer has always been we’ll give them the best of both worlds… but I still wanted a bris for my son (and hopefully a bar mitzvah) we’ll see plenty of time for that in the future. But this year Hanukkah came early like once in every 70,000 years early but most of the time it falls right around the holidays of christmas.

I’ve always loved the idea of having a tree and that was one of the first hanukkah gifts I ever got my wife when we started our life together.  Over the years we’ve gone to hallmark stores and collected our yearly ornaments but never found the right tree topper.  But this year I think we finally nailed it! MyTreeTopper has made the perfect top to our tree a star of david. How perfect is that her tree and a topper that represents me.

When you celebrate both holidays the kids are going to get spoiled – thats bound to happen each side of the extended family celebrates their holidays (and sometimes my family celebrates both) so while my son just keeps unwrapping gifts – I try to take a second and remind him about how lucky he is that he gets what he gets and more importantly he gets to spend time with his family and his extended family – which usually includes grandparents sometimes great-grandparents.

Of course the older he gets the more he’ll be able to look back and really see how lucky he is… I certainly look at my son and daughter and know how lucky they are to have two amazing celebrations of faith all giving thanks in some way or another.

Oh and seeing another combination of passions – My Tree Topper will be on Shark Tank (and I love shark tank) plus we’ll be having a twitter party too..

Join@MyTreeTopper for a twitter party leading up to Shark Tank on Friday, December 13. The twitter party will be hosted from 8-9 EST (Shark Tank begins at 9) using hashtags #MyTreeTopper and #SharkTank. Prizes include a $100 Master Card Gift Card.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Hanukkah Tree Topper, in association with Katadhin.