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Published: Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 11:03 AM
— While family gatherings are generally marked by an enormous amount of food, there are other things you can do instead of sitting around in carbohydrate comas.
1. Give them something else to keep their hands busy
While it’s easy to stuff your face and nod during awkward conversations at a party, there are other things you can do.
Instead of snacks and drinks, put out some Rubik’s Cubes, Play-Doh or other little finger toys -- it accomplishes the same thing, and it’s a conversation starter, to boot.
2. Board and card games
With a boom in board games in recent years, there’s a game for every age, skill level, interest and time constraint, so board games are perfect for family gatherings where you have to account for both elderly relatives and young children.
Settle in for an epic round of Lord of the Rings Risk or Settlers of Catan with a close circle of friends, or if you want a shorter game, play Castle Panic or Guillotine. Monopoly and Taboo are always good go-tos.
If you need help choosing, try theboardgamefamily.com for reviews.
Giving is an important part of the holiday season, and giving time is an easy and free gift.
If you’ve got a small group, think about tasks such as raking the leaves for elderly people, who struggle to do it for themselves. Another option is have a card-making session for kids in a local pediatric ward.
4. Wreath decorating
Instead of leaving a party with discomfort from eating too much, making wreaths can have you leaving with a fun new decoration for your home.
Instead of bringing food, have everyone bring a basic wreath or garland and one packet of fun art supplies, such as mini-ornaments, glittery pipe cleaners, pine cones, fake snow, tiny figurines, strings of cranberries, etc.
5. Tea tasting
Sometimes, a warm drink is the best way to perk up a winter afternoon. Hosting a tea tasting party is one way to stave off the winter chill.
Either have each guest bring a box of their favorite seasonal tea, or get sample packs from a specialty store and test them out.
6. Surprise a friend
The holidays can be hard for some people, especially if they are going through added stress like a breakup or a job loss. Get together a group of mutual friends and come up with some things that can make their life easier, such as surprising them with a garage full of winter supplies or cooking them some meals that are freezer-ready.
7. Host a knitting party
If you have older relatives who might feel left out or isolated during parties, ask them to be the expert at a knitting party.
Engaging them and having those skills being passed between generations is a wonderful gift all by itself. Or just ask that everyone show up with their own supplies, find a how-to book and have fun figuring it out on your own.
8. Go to a performance
It’s easy to stay on the couch during the dark and cold season, but dressing up and going to watch live actors on stage is a fun and festive exercise. The late-night performances, the bright costumes and stage lights -- there’s something about being there in person that just can’t be replicated in your own living room.
Get a gang together and support your local community theater.
9. Go caroling
One of the oldest holiday traditions is singing carols to celebrate the season. You don’t have to have perfect pitch to enjoy singing to others -- you just need to enjoy it.
If you can find some like-minded friends, try calling a local care home or retirement community to see whether the residents would appreciate visits by a group of Christmas carolers.
10. Classic holiday movie night
Whether it is “A Christmas Story” or “The Muppets Christmas Carol,” this is the season to dig into the favorite holiday movies of friends and family. Get together, hang out and enjoy!
If you have a local independent cinema nearby, you could also check their showtimes to see if you can catch something on the big screen; often, they’ll offer seasonal classics that you might not have ever seen.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:13 AM
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Incredible video captured firefighters rescuing a child from a burning building in DeKalb County, Georgia.
The helmet camera video, posted by DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, was taken at the Avondale Forest Apartments on Jan. 3.
The video shows a person on top of a ladder drop a child down to a firefighter as the flames roar around them.
The firefighter catches the child and quickly runs to safety.
"Third-generation DCFR firefighter Capt. Scott Stroup can be seen catching one of the children that was dropped from the third-floor balcony. Great job by all hands operating on this fire as several lifesaving grabs were made that night," the department posted on Facebook.
An estimated 50 people were left without a place to live after the massive fire at the Decatur apartment complex.
Capt. Eric Jackson, with DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, told WSB-TV that four adults and eight children were hurt in the fire.
He said their injuries were minor and mostly related to smoke inhalation.
Firefighters kicked in doors and ushered out residents when they arrived on the scene, Jackson said.
One of the victims told WSB-TV's Steve Gehlbach hearing the screams coming from the people trapped was the most frightening part of the fire for them.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:00 AM
TOKYO — Japan's national public broadcaster issued a false alert about a North Korean missile launch Tuesday, just three days after Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency sent a false missile alert.
According to CNN, NHK sent a message to users of its phone app that said, "NHK news alert. North Korea likely to have launched missile. The government J alert: Evacuate inside the building or underground."
Minutes after the alert went out, NHK issued a correction and apologized.
"The news alert sent earlier about NK missile was a mistake," the broadcaster said, according to CNN. "No government J alert was issued."
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:46 AM
— Apple is looking for additions to its workforce and you don’t even have to leave home.
The tech company is looking to fill about 50 AppleCare at-home positions to offer tech support of devices like iPhones, iPads and MacBooks, the Houston Chronicle reported.
While working from home is a big enough perk for some, the job also comes with Apple discounts, paid time off and potential career growth, even for those who work part time, according to Apple’s job announcement.
Apple At Home employees work directly for Apple for the company’s normal support hours. There could be extra shifts for holidays, what’s considered “peak business hours,” and training.
Workers are required to have a distraction-free room that is quiet and that can be closed off to keep noise down, high-speed internet with at least 5 mps download/1 mps upload, a desk and an ergonomic chair.
Apple provides the iMac and headset that is only for work.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:41 AM
EUSTIS, Fla. — A young boy died of rabies after being scratched by a bat, according to Christian Academy school officials in Eustis, Florida.
The school posted about the boy’s death on its website, saying that he attended the school in 2016.
The post said Ryker Roque “was a quiet boy adored by teachers and classmates.”
Henry Roque, Ryker's father, took a video of the two on a fishing trip and said they were as close as father and son could be.
He shared pictures and videos of his son with WFTV to share with the world how much he loved his son.
As Ryker underwent an experimental procedure for the rabies infection, Henry held out hope, even as doctors told the family he had virtually no chance of surviving.
"I've seen huge miracles before. And I went back on the bed and laid with him and held him and said, 'Ryker, miracles happen every day. I know you hear me,'" Henry said.
Several weeks ago, Henry said he found a sick bat, which he did not know had rabies, and put it in a bucket, telling Ryker not to touch it.
But Ryker did touch it and was scratched by the bat – but seemed fine, school officials said.
A week later, the child lost use of his legs and “experienced confusion,” having hallucinations and convulsions.
Ryker was hospitalized and an experimental treatment was used, but he died Sunday.
The school held a fundraiser to help the family with medical expenses.
"He was a very sweet boy. Everything he did was nice. The kids loved to play with him because he was the kindest kid," said Connor Jenkins, with the Christian Academy preschool.