Follow the link to see our weekly family rail, with tips on buying a snow thrower, a look at “Elf on the Shelf” and more.
Tip of the Week
Now is the perfect time to choose a snow thrower. With so many options on the market, which one is right for you?
"When choosing a snow thrower, you really need to take into account the size and surface of your driveway, as well as the type and amount of snow you typically receive each year," says Megan Peth, marketing associate at Yard Machines.
There are two types of snow throwers to consider when purchasing: single-stage and two-stage.
A single-stage snow thrower is ideal for light, powdery snow. The auger of a single-stage snow thrower pulls the snow into the unit and then pushes it out through the chute. This unit is ideal for clearing smaller driveways and sidewalks.
Two-stage snow throwers are designed to clear large areas of moderate to heavy snowfall. The auger of a two-stage snow thrower has serrated blades that chop up the snow, then the impeller throws the snow out through the chute, directing it to the desired location.
Family Movie Night
“Mr. Popper's Penguins,” now on DVD
Length: 94 minutes
Synopsis: The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel. – Twentieth Century Fox
Violence/scary rating: 2
Sexual-content rating: 1
Profanity rating: 2
Drugs/alcohol rating: 2
Family Time rating: 2. A good all-around family film. Adults will enjoy the antics of Jim Carrey, and kids will love the penguins.
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
“Elf on the Shelf,” by Carol V. Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell
Ages: 3 to 8
Synopsis: “The Elf on the Shelf” is an activity the entire family will enjoy. Based on the tradition Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, this cleverly rhymed children's book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night. When children awake, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found hiding in a different location. This activity allows The Elf on the Shelf to become a delightful hide-and-seek game. Each Tradition-in-a-Box comes with a scout elf, a hardbound children's book and a keepsake box for easy storage.
Did You Know
According to a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology, working mothers are healthier physically and mentally than stay-at-home mothers.
GateHouse News Service