Should You Tell Them There's a Santa Claus?
SOME sentimental people will tell you that our family doesn't believe in Santa Claus. But that isn't so.Read Article
Man Is a Miracle
THERE was a time in our world when the traditional words of cheer at Christmas seemed to ring as true as the Christmas bells. It was a time when the beautiful story of the Nativity-- the star over Bethlehem, the tidings of great joy, the heavenly host proclaiming peace on earth-- could be read without misgivings.Read Article
IF YOU are going to play Santa to a beloved child, not much time remains to make your selection. Lots of thought and care should go into these important investments, as Junior usually isn't very happy about gifts bought haphazardly at the last minute.Read Article
Santa Street WHERE NEIGHBORS MEET
WHEN carolers sing "all is calm, all is bright," the residents of a certain two-block-long street in Sacramento, California, like to think these old familiar words describe their neighborhood.Read Article
"...and Please Bring Me a Puppy"
WHAT Christmas gift can bring more joy and lasting happiness than a rollicking, lovable pup? Certainly none that we know of.Read Article
Profile of a Real Santa Claus
SNOW glittered on the paving as two small boys boarded a streetcar in the wake of their parcel-laden mothers. "How come we saw all those men ringing big bells on the street corners?" asked one. "I didn't know there were so many Santa Clauses!"Read Article
Give Her Something For Her Christmas Table
"WANT her to think you're top angel on the Christmas tree? Give her a change of scenery for her table. Every woman yearns for enough table furnishings to give her food a variety of settings.Read Article
Store It Where You Want ItRead Article
The House That Jack Built
IN 1939, Jack Schneider and his wife Margaret decided they had had enough of city life. They found a home plan they liked in the February, 1940, issue of Better Homes & Gardens. Then they bought a two-acre plot in Lafayette, California, which suited both them and the plan.Read Article
Say It With a VioletRead Article
At-Home Gifts for the FamilyRead Article
Music Gifts for the FamilyRead Article
Want a Little House?
YES, it's a fine house. We like the plan, and we'd like to live there. But don't you have one smaller?"Read Article
Let Yourself Give!
IN THE window of a gift shop in St. Petersburg, a provocative little rhyme aims this sly bit of psychology at window-shoppers:Read Article
What Is This Radiant Heating?
HEATING your home is one of those negative items in your budget. You have to pay money just to stay comfortable. A method of getting more comfort for your money has come along. It's called radiant heating. Here is the story:Read Article
The Building Bandits are Back in Business!
FOR the first time since Ken Hallett stepped off the Saratoga, he could quit worrying. At last, by golly, they were going to have a house!Read Article
Popcorn FunRead Article
Modern Wallboards Can Be HandsomeRead Article
Cooking Secrets From Your Kitchens
WE USE so much French dressing that I make a double recipe and pour it into my sirup pitcher (the type that has a metal drip-proof top). The pitcher can be put on the table for those who wish extra dressing, and stores just as compactly in the refrigerator as a bottle.-Read Article
A Holiday Lift
Cheer your hall and stair walls at Christmas time, and display your Christmas cards at the same time. Stripe your walls with Christmas cards! Run bands of red ribbon from ceiling to baseboard, securing with matching thumbtacks or cellulose tape. Pin the Christmas cards along the ribbon strip at intervals, allowing the colored band to peak thru between each card.-- Mrs. E. S. Engle, Riverside, Illinois.Read Article
YOUNG MOTHERS' EXCHANGE Holiday Fun--Junior Size
IN THE spirit of the season, we pass along some of your suggestions for presents youngsters can make-- gifts Baby will like-- other ideas for a smoother, easier holiday at your house:Read Article
Cash Contest for Cooks!
HERE'S fun in your kitchen and money in your pocket! It's a new cooks' recipe contest for all of you who have a Vegetable Canning Specialty or Favorite Frozen Dessert. Send us your recipe, written according to the easy rules on the next page.Read Article
The Merry-Go-RoundRead Article
Our Fireplace Made Us BurnRead Article
Make 'em for a Merry Christmas
Knock Humpty-Dumpty off, and befalls apart; then set him back up, piece by piece. Follow diagram. Cut from 1" stock, base from 2x4. Dotted lines show where to cut egg apart like a jigsaw puzzle. The egg just sits on the wall. Paint with bright-colored enamel or lacquer.Read Article
Know a Knitter?Read Article
Gifts for Children's RoomsRead Article
You Can Afford Florida!
YOU'RE right. The Florida you read about may not be for you. Let name visitors disport themselves on cabana-studded beaches, in well-dressed grandstands, glittering night clubs, glossily polished yachts. You'll stay home, thank you, turn up the thermostat and settle down to the rotogravure, and take what satisfaction you can in the joy of living within your income. But that is only the Florida you read about.Read Article
How to Remove DecalsRead Article
HOW TO CARE FOR Christmas Plants
CHRISTMAS gift plants can give cheerful blooms for several weeks, attractive foliage until spring. Secrets for success are these:Read Article
TRAVEL Tips to Take You Places
FIRST-TIMERS visiting down south feel they're really deep in Dixie when they see their first moss-hung live oak. And while reactions vary-- awe, delight, depression --their questions are standard: Why "oak"? Why "live"? And is that moss good or bad?Read Article
MEXICO--Where the "Hunt" Is Half the "Bargain"
HIS shop was a woven straw mat on the pavement. His neon sign was a lighted candle at each of its four corners; his wares a jumble of the gaudy, soundly hand-woven straw oddments you find everywhere in Mexico. He had carried them a long way that day.Read Article
They Turned a Veranda Into a PlayroomRead Article
Our Sons Moved into the AtticRead Article
Here's to an Easy Holiday
Yes, shop early and mail early... really do it this year. Place your order with the grocer and florist well in advance of the day you want food and greens.Read Article
New Under the Sun
Next year DDT will have to compete for favor with seven new chemical insect killers-- 666, 1068,3956, gix, azobenzene, and the as yet not abbreviated hexaethyl tetraphosphate, and hydroxypentamethylflavan. None of the new chemicals seems to have the wide range of killing power possessed by DDT, but each gives greater assurance of certain death on a particular killing job.Read Article
Santa ClausRead Article
Modern That's Easy to Live WithRead Article
December Garden Guide
DECEMBER tests your garden. Sturdy plants, well prepared for winter, should take this first cold weather in stride. There are still days when you can work outside to complete any unfinished jobs. Mulching should be completed as soon as possible. And next spring your garden activities will be much easier if you take time now to collect your equipment and put it into condition.Read Article
Protect Against RabbitsRead Article
THE DIARY OF A Plain Dirt Gardener
Dec. 1 Alas, as this month opens, Maggie is sick with the flu or something. We had the doctor for her yesterday. This morning, being Saturday, I cooked breakfast and carried it to her in bed. Then I had to go away on urgent business, leaving David in charge as janitor, nursemaid, cook and bottlewasher.Read Article
Success With African-Violets
TODAY, besides innumerable and often excellent seedlings of ionantha and Blue Boy, there exist some 30 or so named varieties of African-violets (Saintpaulia) to tempt the collector. Ruffles is a well-established, but still quite rare, new one. I predict it will become extremely popular.Read Article
My Nicest GiftRead Article
THE MAN NEXT DOOR
In some families nowadays, it takes a holiday family dinner or a showing of home movies to assemble a quorum. Or a court order.Read Article