5 Holiday Parlor Games to Make Your Gatherings More Fun and How Ordinary Iraqis Rescued U.S. Civilians in the Midst of Shock and Awe
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         December 2012 

Tophat Illustration 5 Holiday Parlor Games to Make Your Gatherings More Fun

Spoons, sardines, telephone charades, and other activities to put a boost in your get-togethers.

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3 Lessons for Gracious Living in a Stuff-Filled Season
by Fran Korten

Last year, YES! publisher Fran Korten shared her efforts to move more stuff out of her house than into it. With the season of “stuff” upon us again, here’s what she’s learned about unstuffing her life.
The Gift of Remembering Those We’ve Lost
by Shannon Hayes

All of us lose loved ones over the course of our lives, and the pain of those losses is especially sharp during the holiday season. Passing on their memories to younger generations is a gift that truly lasts.
How Writing Love Letters to Hundreds of Strangers “Absolutely Healed Me”

To cope with intense loneliness after moving to New York City, Hannah Brencher offered to write an old-fashioned love letter to any stranger who needed one. She never guessed how many people she would ultimately reach.
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In 2003, Iraqi townspeople, having just lost their hospital in U.S. air strikes, saved the lives of three wounded U.S. peacemakers. Seven years later, the Americans returned—to thank them.


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