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Illustration by K.G. Rangarajan

Jingle all the way

Every Christmas season you put up a tree and decorate it, receive cards and gifts, and are told stories about Santa and his reindeer. What’s it all about? »
Mix it up: Making the Christmas cake. Photo: special arrangement

Not so traditional

It is that time of the year again. ‘Tis the season to be jolly! »
Illustration by Vishnupriya Suresh

Angels in the field

It was a cold December evening. Little Daniel tagged along with his father. He’d begun to miss him at home in the nights as his father stayed with other shepherds in the fields, keeping watch over... »
Illustration: Vishnupriya Suresh

On a snowy trail

Frank asked Santa for a mountain of snow. Santa smiled and obliged. »
Illustration by Sreejith R. Kumar
December 18, 2014

Christmas Delight

“Oh, what a lovely scene!” the little angel exclaimed, flapping his wings in delight as his two friends joined him. Love, Joy and Peace were Christmas angels and they had been sent to earth for th... »
A Wish to be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
December 18, 2014

Books for Yuletide

Letters from Father Christmas, by J.R.R. Tolkien, Baillie Tolkien Every Christmas a letter would arrive from the North Pole for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. The letter would... »
Peanut Butter Cup Truffles
December 18, 2014

Sweets for the season

Orange and Coconut Holiday Snowballs Ingredients 250 grams vanilla biscuit crumbs 1 cup chopped pecans (walnuts will work also) 1 cup shr... »
December 18, 2014


There once used to live a fearsome shark, Who swam all the way to Denmark, It went there for food, Just as every other shark would. First it saw a starfish,... »
Santa' ride: Illustration by K.G. Rangarajan
December 18, 2014

Funny takes a trip

Santa’s youngest elf, Funny was always getting into trouble. Not because he was funny, but because he was full of beans. He would finish his work quickly and then prowl around the factory botherin... »
Illustratrion by Satheesh Vellinezhi
December 18, 2014

Miracles do happen

“I don’t want to be Santa Claus again!” said Joey. “Those terrible twins — Andy and Sandra, forced me to eat their homemade, rock-hard cookies. They turned nasty when I did not give them a bicycle... »
On the dock
December 11, 2014

Quiz Whizz

Phyllis Dorothy James, popularly known as PD James, died recently. She was well-known for her series of detective novels starring investigator Adam Dalgliesh. Name her first novel that featured Da... »
Illustration: Satheesh Vellinezhi
December 11, 2014

Breath of life

Centuries ago, there lived a handsome young sculptor called Pygmalion in the island of Cyprus. He made statues of gods and demigods who frequented the island. He did not much care for women. In fac... »
December 11, 2014

Sweet somethings

Cream Cheese MintsIngredients>3 cups Confectioners’ (icing or powdered) Sugar>250 grams cream cheese, at room temperature>1/2 teaspoon peppermint... »
December 11, 2014

My India

Saffron,white and green,Are my nation’s colours.Which glow everywhere,Much like a flower.There are different people, Who speak different languages,I love... »

Nature's beauty

Old games, new formats

Connecting the dots

New on the rack

Remembering a king

A matter of facts

Pack your bags...

How’s it said?

The Polar Express
December 18, 2014

Movie magic

The Polar Express Billy is torn between faith and fiction. On the one hand, he wants to believe in Santa, but with a family that shuns everything, from the festival to elves, North... »
December 18, 2014


Kindness is Someone who pulls you up, When you're down. Makes you laugh by being a clown, Helps you smile when you scowl, Is your friend though yo... »
December 18, 2014

A mistake realised

It was a rainy day, the streets were filled with water. Puddles had formed in many places. Day by day the rain gradually increased. Nobody could go out. A small boy named Mittu was sitting near th... »
December 18, 2014

Never lie

Once there lived a girl named Priya who was studying in Std I. One day, there was an English exam in the school and she forgot to prepare for the exam. During the first period, the eacher distribu... »
Illustration by Sreejith R. Kumar
December 18, 2014

One dark, Christmas night

The snow fell like a blanket on Bobby, as he sat shivering on the streets of Kashmir. Nobody stopped to offer him anything warm and he sat by a thicket on the side of the road, watching the darkne... »
A Christmas Tree
December 18, 2014

Quiz Whizz

1) Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer is the most popular of the lot, but a herd of reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh. Including Rudolph, how many reindeer are there? 2) The Christmas tree displa... »
December 11, 2014

Be wise

Roosters in the morn,Telling us to rise.They are so punctual,So unlike us.They tell us to rise,And those who rise lateWill never be wise.For early t... »
Prickly: The pocupine's main defence mechanism is its hair-like quills which are tough to remove. Photo: Nagara Gopal
December 11, 2014

Piercing porcupines

There are some animals you don’t mess with. Well, you don’t mess with most of them. But there are some that even the princes and kings of the jungle, leopards and tigers, don’t mess with. And one o... »
Illustration: Satheesh Vellinezhi
December 11, 2014

Happy watching

Visualise this scene: “The movie has begun, hurry up!” Raju’s Papa screams to his family while he is looking for their seats in the theatre. The family then tramples on a few feet to get to... »
December 11, 2014

Classroom cleanliness

For cleanliness in the classroom,You don’t have to use a broom.Just pick up all the litter,And make the floor glitter.Keep away the junkWhich smells like a dirty... »

In the heart of the hills

Music set in stone

'Tis Christmas again

Cry of alarm

Over the rainbow

New features in 15th edition of quiz

Water wall

Random acts of kindness

Illustration: Sreejith R. Kumar

'Tis Christmas again

With their cousins home for Christmas, Rohit and Rhea realise they have a lot to be thankful for! »