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Five Things for Today: December 1, 2020



1. It’s Giving Tuesday!  If you want some ideas for where to donate, the GIVE page here on the blog has a long list of charities and causes, all of them shared by KFDC readers. (And if you have one you’d like to highlight, leave a comment on that page or this one, and I’ll add it.)


2. Volunteering is another way to give, and Martha’s Table has opportunities available.  Joyful Grocery Bagging, Food Order Support, Martha’s Outfitters Clothing Support are some of the ways to help out that kids ages 12 and up can do, too.  All shifts take place on weekdays, so consider signing up for one during the Winter Break from school.


3. A gift for younger children that lets them give back:  Little Loving Hands provides parents and caregivers with a fun way to teach kids about kindness in their world, their community, and their homes through subscription craft boxes.  Most of the crafts that are completed are sent back to Little Loving Hands in an included prepaid envelope to be donated to a charity. The boxes are specially designed for elementary-school kids, but fun for all ages!


4.  A long list of businesses offering discounts to first responders. And here is one for teachers (plus this biz I happened to see). Forward to all you know who qualify — so well deserved!


5. A heartwarming HONY story about giving a great surprise.




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Five Things for Today: November 30, 2020



1. If you’re looking for Chanukah events this year, there still are some happening both virtually and safely in person, including the annual National Menorah Lighting, a virtual carnival, an online story time,  and a Chanukah Drive-Thru Experience.  Tickets/registration are required for some — details/links are in the KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season in DC.


2.  It’s conveniently rainy on this Cyber Monday, which is perfect for hanging inside doing some online shopping.  You can even find deals on some of the items listed in the Holiday Gift Guide. (And, FYI, there are some new/extra options from suggestions I received and where items nearly sold out.)


3. I made a few recs for kids books in the gift guide, but the New York Times has a nice round-up of gift books for children that adults will love, worth checking out.


4. All of The Office Christmas episodes ranked.


5.  News that calls for some special emojis: This and this. 🙌 👏 💪



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Five Things for Today: November 26, 2020

So thankful for my three favorite people


1. Happy Thanksgiving! 🧡🦃 Looking for a pre-feast activity? Take a hike, stroll a garden, go for a bike ride. For some post-feast fun, take the fam to one of the holiday light displays around the area.  Many are open on Thanksgiving, and it’s a nice way to wind down the evening and/or walk off the turkey.


2. Of course, you can also skip the activities:  6 Steps to a Great Thanksgiving Nap.


3. In case you missed it, the KFDC 2020 Holiday Gift Guide went up last night. I put a ton of thought into it to make it relevant for this unique time, so I really hope it’s helpful as you head into the holiday season.


4. Food52’s Thanksgiving Cooking Playlist is pretty awesome.


5. Simple and beautiful… What are you thankful for this year?


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Five Things for Today: November 25, 2020

Checking the temporary trail map at Rock Creek Park


1. Kids and families are invited to create art related to Rock Creek Park.  Starting today through December 16, they are hosting Creativity Day with a different theme every week.  Every child who participates will earn a Junior Ranger sticker at least once, and if they participate every week, they’ll win a cool prize.  This week’s theme is fall leaves — draw, paint, sketch, or otherwise create something representing your favorite fall leaf or leaves and post your art in the event.  Be sure to check back every week and post your artwork in the corresponding event!


2.  And speaking of Rock Creek, our local national park is a great place to enjoy outdoor recreation right here in the city.  Layer up and hit the trail — we usually park at the Nature Center lot or by Peirce Mill, then hop on a trail from there.  Some areas might be closed right now, but there are maps on trees indicating where to go. Admission to Rock Creek Park is free. And for more places to hit the trail, the round-up of walks in the woods is full of good recs.   [Note: Links above offer more info about the Nature Center and Peirce Mill, but both are closed right now.]


3. A KFDC reader let me know about this new online resource created by her cousin:  Map Your Holiday is a digital, interactive map that crowdsources holiday lights and other happenings, so folks know where to go to find safe ways to enjoy festive displays (including residential), markets, and more.  The default map is based in Seattle where she lives, but you can add events to any area. (I added the outdoor flea market at Eastern Market as a test!)  


4. Do you know about Acorns? It’s a neat, easy way to invest and save, offering bonuses when you buy certain brands or giving the option to invest “spare change” from credit card purchases. We’ve been signed up for a couple of years now and always designate the fund to something like an upcoming trip or holiday gift shopping.  It’s cool to see how fast it grows! (PS: That’s my referral link that gives you a little starter gift.🙂)


5. The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far — according to the New York Times. (Do you agree?  I hadn’t even heard of some of them, but now am interested to check them out!)



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Five Things for Today: November 24, 2020

The newest memorial in the National Mall area


1. The National Museum of the American Indian is closed, but you can still enjoy the outdoor areas including the new Native American Veterans Memorial that opened on Veterans Day.  Learn more about it here.  (PS: The museum also shared Thanksgiving recipes from Native American chefs.)


2. CertifiKid currently has deals on a couple of aerial adventure and zipline parks in the region, where you can enjoy a thrilling outdoor activity while social distancing.  Tree Trekkers is in Frederick, MD, and Empower Adventures is in Middleburg, VA.


3. Several authors and reviewers pick the best children’s books of 2020.


4. Is anyone else watching The Undoing on HBO?  If so, any theories about who did it? (Feel free to share in the comments!)


5.  Funny not funny (because it really does feel that long) 😂😭


PS:  Making plans for the holiday season?  Don’t forget the annual KFDC guide has all the info you need on how to enjoy it around the area!


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