Tag: holidays

Ten Terrific Books For The Holidays

 By Erin Nguyen, Children’s Department, Knox County Public Library




Twas-the-night-before-christmasThe Night before Christmas

by Clement Clarke Moore

This classic poem about a visit from St. Nick has delighted readers for well over a century. Read more →

The gifts that last a lifetime

By Piotr Ulmer, MSPT


When I think of gifts I’ve received during my lifetime, some particular events come to me right away. I remember vividly a few months before Christmas in Poland in the early 80’s, a time of economic shortages; meat, flour, sugar and alcohol were rationed (food stamp system). The only thing available in a neighborhood grocery store was vinegar. There were literally empty store shelves – all shelves, except one, with 10 or 15 bottles of vinegar. Read more →

The gift of creativity…

Don’t do math – just do life

By Mike O’Hern, Center Director of Mathnasium of West Knoxville


Math can be intimidating, but it won’t be, if we realize that it’s just a way of describing what we do in life.

The key to story-problems (some call them word problems) is to make it real to the child.  If he thinks it is a math problem, he’ll be stumped.  If he is simply figuring out what he needs in his own life, he can figure it out.  In other words, make the math about what he is interested in, and you’ll find that math just isn’t that tough! Read more →

The gift of life

By Chief Lee Tramel, Knox County Sheriff’s Office


Every holiday season brings a time to give thanks. It seems every year that I live, I have more and more to give thanks for. So for this month’s article I’m getting a little personal. I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the reasons I am thankful. Read more →

The gift of disappointment

By Kathryn Rea Smith, PH.D.


This past Spring Break, we were preparing to go on a trip to the mountains, and my younger son wanted a new Lego set to take with him. He had saved some money, and he knew which set he wanted. We headed to Target, but they did not have the popular set, so we went to Toys R Us. As my younger son rounded the corner to the Lego display, all he saw were empty shelves. He was crushed, and his face fell halfway to the floor. I could tell he was going to cry. Read more →

The gift of experiences

By Liz Stucke


The Lego Ninjago, Destiny’s Bounty is the toy my son most desired for his birthday. It was wonderful to watch him open his birthday gift. As he tore off the wrapping paper and saw the images of Sensei Wu and the Masters of Spinjitzu spinning around the dragon ship, he began to shake and then jump up and down, “Thank you, thank you, Mom and Dad! This is exactly what I wanted. I love you soooo much.” Read more →

Celebrate the holiday season…safely

How to reduce your risk of residential fires

By East Tennessee Children’s Hospital


During the winter, simple actions like turning on the heat, decorating for the holidays and cooking large meals severely increase the risk of fires and fire-related injuries and death. Thirty percent of all fires occur in the winter, causing more than 8,000 injuries and 1,000 deaths. Because of ice, snow and hazardous conditions, firefighting is far more difficult in the winter. Through taking these safety measures recommended by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, families will be able to reduce the risk of fire in their homes during the holiday season. Read more →