Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, or Santa Claus, the holiday season is the perfect time for having fun with family and co-workers.

INTERNET OFFERS HOLIDAY FUN FOR FAMILY, CO-WORKERS

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, or Santa Claus, the holiday season is the perfect time for having fun with family and co-workers.

Of course, the Internet proves to be a great resource for gathering recipes, crafts, songs, and interesting tidbits about the holidays.

Santa's Net and The Kids Domain are two of the best holiday Internet sites, both offering information for many beliefs.

Do you know what year the British Parliament officially abolished the celebration of Christmas? What about the date and location of the first printed reference to a Christmas Tree? How do you say "Merry Christmas" in Bohemian, Yoruba, and Chinese?

Santa's Net can help you find the answers to such questions, while filling you up with many more holiday facts and myths.

On its home page, visitors can countdown to Christmas and choose from many categories to browse, including carols and songs, Christmas traditions from other countries, recipes, toys, Christmas movies, bookmarks, and more.

Keeping with its world-holiday theme, the site also has posted recipes such as Amaretti from Italy, Billy Can Pudding from Australia, Christmas Lebkuchen from Egypt, and Kourabiethes from Greece.

The Kids Domain may sound like a place, well, just for kids, but the whole family can find something fun and interesting at the site.

It offers gift-making ideas, electronic greeting cards, crafts, games to download, holiday clipart, recipes, book suggestions for parents, music, stories and world traditions.

The site includes holiday variations for several countries and/or beliefs such as Kwanzaa and Ramadan. There also is the Grownups Place for parents.

Children have the opportunity to send Santa Claus a letter, provided in an easy-to-use form.

Other sites that offer letters to Santa are The North Pole's Christmas Mission, Claus.com, Santa at Home, Dear Santa Claus, Santa Claus Online, and The Christmas Pages.

Finally, children of all ages can track Santa Claus' travels on Christmas Eve at www.noradsanta.org.

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Author: Maria Heckaman