Following an inaugural season that brought magic to families from coast-to-coast, HGTV presents Santa HQ again this year! Back for 2018 at The Fashion Outlets of Chicago and a total of 15 Macerich Shopping Centers nationwide, a new tradition continues as an all-new experience aimed at bringing holiday magic to kids and grownups alike with some flourishes that have been upgraded and expanded for the social media age. Santa HQ welcomes families for the traditional photo with Santa (online reservations available, but not required), upping the game with the Elf Academy in which kids can experience the latest in Elf fashion; take an Elfie Selfie; of check out the latest in Elf-Ray Vision - an AR experience in which families can see just what the Elves are up to. Of course, Santa HQ still serves-up an incredible light show with over 10,000 individual lights synchronized to the "Carol of the Bells."
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As we reach the end of one year and turn the calendar to another, we make our way through the crowded holiday season and into the open waters of what lies ahead. It's a time to show appreciation for those who do for us, but also a great reminder that it's worth showing appreciation throughout the year - not just during the festive season. The Zicam Card Creator at Card Isle is an easy way to send a digital greeting card to provide a message of thanks, some get well wishes or to simply let someone know that you're thinking of them. Here's one that I made for Santa. Yes, the Mighty Santa Claus!
The holiday season brings with it a host of magical experiences and opportunities to make family memories that will last a lifetime. At the pinnacle comes the annual visit with Santa Claus, and this year the folks at HGTV and Macerich Shopping Centers have teamed-up for an all-new experience aimed at bringing holiday magic to kids and grownups alike with some flourishes that have been upgraded for the social media age. HGTV presents Santa HQ - open now at 15 different locations, including the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois - not far from Rock Father™ HQ! My wife and I recently took The Rock Daughters™ to visit Santa HQ first-hand, and you're going to want to schedule a visit, too!
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'Tis the season to be jolly, and if your family is like ours, that means you'll be spreading that jolliness across multiple scheduled gatherings that fill up the December calendar quicker than Santa (or his elves) can fill a stocking. We've already attended one big gathering - the annual "extended family" Christmas at my Mom's house - and that means there's three more to go, not counting the one that matters most, Christmas morning here at home. As I've mentioned before, I don't have a great track record when it comes to keeping germs at bay, and between all the people I come in contact with during the holiday season on the family front, plus all the germ factories kids I meet while attending parties at our daughters' schools, I'm rockin' the Zicam® to take at the first sign of a cold. It sorta reminds makes me wonder about another rotund bringer of holiday cheer... who's looking out for Santa Claus?
When it comes to classic holiday specials, you can't get much more "classic" than the old Rankin/Bass specials of the 60s and 70s - ones like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town - tales that are now passed along from generation to generation. Collectively known as the "Original Christmas Classics," several of these stories are out on Digital HD (iTunes) for the very first time through DreamWorks Classics (Classic Media), along with an Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Collection. In celebration of the season, DreamWorks Classics and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are giving you a chance to win the Blu-ray set so that you can share the tradition with your family.
A 2016 #HolidayWishGuide Pick! The Holiday Season has officially begun, and that means it's time to start thinking about securing the perfect gift for those special little ones in your life. When it comes to the Christmas season, there's plenty of "magic" for families regardless of age, but for the little ones, there's a window of opportunity to create magical experiences that really can only happen at certain time in their lives. While The Rock Daughters are just 4 and 7 as of this writing, my wife and I are already thinking ahead to when that magic might wear off, and we're always looking for ways to create those special experiences while we still can. With that in mind, I was pretty excited to learn of the Award-Winning North Pole Kids' Club when I was offered a set to review - a magical box that arrives direct from the "North Pole," complete with a custom welcome letter from Finley the Elf (Santa's trusted assistant, who shares a name with our youngest), and everything you need to certify your children as a Junior Elf.