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Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus, and NORAD Tracks Him on Christmas Eve

(and Answers Calls to the North Pole!)

By Beth Clark • December 24, 2018

Ho ho ho...where did Santa go? One night a year on Christmas Eve, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) tracks Santa with live updates as he makes his way around the world. They also answer almost 150,000 calls to the North Pole, and they know if you're being naughty or nice. Keep reading for more on who they are and how they do it!

12 Holiday Reads We Love

By Beth Clark • December 03, 2018

Some sentimental holiday reads are synonymous with Christmas and considered sacred, while others make us laugh year after year, but are a little too irreverent to be mainstream classics. Below are 12 titles that are a combination of both, so whichever you choose, happy holidays!

31 Things of October: From Adopt a Shelter Dog Month to Chili Week

By Beth Clark • October 18, 2018

In choosing which National Days and holidays to promote here at ThriftBooks, the goals are usually reading, humor, learning, awareness, and/or having fun, with an undertone of acceptance and diversity, because books are for everyone. But as much as we wish we could include anything and everything, it's simply not possible, at least until quantum physics advances and we can post in alternate universes. Below are 31 (out of 114 possible) October monthly observances worthy of giving more love to, plus eight weekly ones (bonus!).

First Official Day of Summer + Longest Day of the Year = Celebrate Sunshine

By Beth Clark • June 21, 2018

June 21 is the summer solstice, so grab your sunglasses and enjoy today!

How We Choose Books as Gifts

By Bianca Smith • February 14, 2018

It’s International Book Giving Day

Teaching Children About the Holidays

By Bianca Smith • December 04, 2017

Read these stories together to learn about the holidays this year.

Gift-giving on a Budget Two Sizes Too Small

By Eva • December 02, 2015

Holiday shopping guides are everywhere, so why should you read mine? Because I'm a college student. Which means I'm broke. Which means I'm basically a gift-giving magician. So here's your guide to the holiday season – on a very, very tight budget.

The Best Cookbooks Ever

12 Cooks a-Cooking

By Melina Lynne • November 13, 2015

We are fast approaching the holiday season, and while we dig through our attics, garages, and closets in search of our holiday decorations, we are also thinking about those big family meals. Maybe you have a tried and true recipe you go to every year, or maybe you are still in search of a knock-down, drag-out, fantastic dish that will go down in family history.

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