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Mimi Chacin helps her son Diego, 9, place home made pizzas onto a tray while cooking dinner at her home in Miami Shores, Fla., Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) **FILE**

Burden or blessing? Survey slams women's 'utopian' joy of cooking

- The Washington Times

As millions of American households prepare to enjoy the delectable smells of Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie, some social scientists say it's time to loosen belts and lower expectations. Women, who prepare the overwhelming majority of Thanksgiving repasts, need a break from expectations about "utopian" family meals.

This undated file photo provided by Sotheby's shows the popular Norman Rockwell masterpiece "Saying Grace." (AP Photo/Sotheby's, File)

A tribute to Thanksgiving

- Deseret News

No one group of Christians or non-Christians has eminent domain on Thanksgiving.

Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) rushes home from school and finds his long-awaited secret decoder ring in the mail box in "A Christmas Story."

Families have become the scapegoat of holiday movies: Why?

- Deseret News

Holiday movies used to portray families as a refuge from life's problems. These days, families in holiday movies are more of a scapegoat for dysfunction. Have the movies changed, or have we?

This book cover image released by Harper shows "Pete the Cat Saves Christmas,"created and illustrated by James Dean and story by Eric Litwin. (AP Photo/Harper)

Wrap a Christmas picture book for kids

- Associated Press

Looking to keep the kids entertained during long holiday car rides or dinners? Tell all your gift-buying elves to wrap up a book.

In this Dec. 13, 2012 file photo, children play at the National Children's Museum in Oxon Hill, Md. The National Children's Museum plans to return to the District of Columbia next year, just two years after moving to the National Harbor development in Prince George's County. Museum officials said that they want the institution’s new home to be near a Metro station and to have plenty of room to expand. The board decided an expansion at National Harbor would be unaffordable, said Ross Hechinger, chairman of the museum’s board of directors. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) *FILE*

National Children's Museum to return to DC

Associated Press

The National Children's Museum plans to return to the District of Columbia next year, just two years after moving to the National Harbor development in Prince George's County.

Pope Francis leaves past Swiss guards at the end of a private audience with Senegal's President Macky Sall, at the Vatican, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)

Pope to meet with autistic kids to end stigma

- Associated Press

Pope Francis will meet with autistic children and their families in a bid to help raise awareness and end the stigma and isolation of people living with autism spectrum disorders.