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Holiday Gatherings Change in 2020

By Word Searches | Oct 21, 2020 |

Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays will be different for families in 2020.

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But don’t forget, you can always solve your CelebrATE GrEAT Foods word-search puzzle book, which includes a puzzle on Thanksgiving.

Or complete the Christmas Word-Search puzzle book.

 

The holidays are puzzling no more.

 

Colors

By Word Searches | Oct 21, 2020 |
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Search for the word “colors” and change are you’ll find websites such as

But an original website lists colors with their unique names!

List of Colors with Color Names

Did you know there was a yellow color called “Trombone”?

Yellows – Trombone, Mellow, Banana, Lemon, Mustard, Pineapple, Corn, Bumblebee, Corn

Oranges – Pumpkin, Fire, Tangerine, Tiger, Honey, Carrot, Apricot,

Reds – Salmon, Scarllett, Fire Brick, Barn Red, Maroon, Burgundy, Candy Apple

Pinks – Ultra, Magenta, Rose Pink, Taffy, Bubblegum, Punch, Flamingo

Violets – Mauve, Mulberry, Lavender, Orchid, Grape, Plum, Lollipop

Blues – Pigeon, Air Force, Navy, Sky, Baby Blue, Cornflower

Greens, – Forest, Olive, Sage, Lime, Moss, Pine, Mint, Emerald, Army

Browns – Cedar, Cinnamon, Brunette, Umber, Chocolate, Syrup, Gingerbread, Caramel, Rust, Peanut, Mocha, Wood, Espresso

Grays – Fossil, Mink, Smoke, Thunder, Steel. Seal, Trout, Ash, Rhino

 

The Color Thesaurus explores the best color names for several colors.

20 best color names for white

  1. white
  2. pearl
  3. alabaster
  4. snow
  5. ivory
  6. cream
  7. eggshell
  8. cotton
  9. chiffon
  10. salt
  11. lace
  12. coconut
  13. linen
  14. bone
  15. daisy
  16. powder
  17. frost
  18. porcelain
  19. parchment
  20. rice

20 color name ideas for tan

  1. tan
  2. beige
  3. macaroon
  4. hazelwood
  5. granola
  6. oat
  7. eggnog
  8. fawn
  9. sugar cookie
  10. sand
  11. sepia
  12. ltte
  13. oyster
  14. biscotti
  15. parmesan
  16. hazelnut
  17. sandcastle
  18. buttermilk
  19. sand dollar
  20. shortbread

20 fun color names for yellow

  1. yellow
  2. canary
  3. gold
  4. daffodil
  5. flaxen
  6. butter
  7. lemon
  8. mustard
  9. corn
  10. medallion
  11. dandelion
  12. fire
  13. bumblebee
  14. banana
  15. butterscotch
  16. dijon
  17. honey
  18. blonde
  19. pineapple
  20. tuscan sun

20 awesome color names for orange

  1. orange
  2. tangerine
  3. marigold
  4. cider
  5. rust
  6. ginger
  7. tiger
  8. fire
  9. bronze
  10. cantaloupe
  11. apricot
  12. clay
  13. honey
  14. carrot
  15. squash
  16. spice
  17. marmalade
  18. amber
  19. sandstone
  20. yam

 

20 great color names for red

  1. red
  2. cherry
  3. rose
  4. jam
  5. merlot
  6. garnet
  7. crimson
  8. ruby
  9. scarlet
  10. wine
  11. brick
  12. apple
  13. mahogany
  14. blood
  15. sangria
  16. berry
  17. currant
  18. blush
  19. candy
  20. lipstick

20 prettiest color names for pink

  1. pink
  2. rose
  3. fuchsia
  4. punch
  5. blush
  6. watermelon
  7. flamingo
  8. rouge
  9. salmon
  10. coral
  11. peach
  12. strawberry
  13. rosewood
  14. lemonade
  15. taffy
  16. bubblegum
  17. ballet slipper
  18. crepe
  19. magenta
  20. hot pink

20 sophisticated color names for purple

  1. purple
  2. mauve
  3. violet
  4. boysenberry
  5. lavender
  6. plum
  7. magenta
  8. lilac
  9. grape
  10. periwinkle
  11. sangria
  12. eggplant
  13. jam
  14. iris
  15. heather
  16. amethyst
  17. raisin
  18. orchid
  19. mulberry
  20. wine

20 cool color names for blue

  1. blue
  2. slate
  3. sky
  4. navy
  5. indigo
  6. cobalt
  7. teal
  8. ocean
  9. peacock
  10. azure
  11. cerulean
  12. lapis
  13. spruce
  14. stone
  15. aegean
  16. berry
  17. denim
  18. admiral
  19. sapphire
  20. arctic

20 color names for green

Some good baby names in here too! My granddaughter is named Fern 🙂

Other good names are Sage, Basil, and Olive.

  1. green
  2. chartreuse
  3. juniper
  4. sage
  5. lime
  6. fern
  7. olive
  8. emerald
  9. pear
  10. moss
  11. shamrock
  12. seafoam
  13. pine
  14. parakeet
  15. mint
  16. seaweed
  17. pickle
  18. pistachio
  19. basil
  20. crocodile

20 unique color names for brown

  1. brown
  2. coffee
  3. mocha
  4. peanut
  5. carob
  6. hickory
  7. wood
  8. pecan
  9. walnut
  10. caramel
  11. gingerbread
  12. syrup
  13. chocolate
  14. tortilla
  15. umber
  16. tawny
  17. brunette
  18. cinnamon
  19. penny
  20. cedar

20 elegant color names for gray

  1. grey
  2. shadow
  3. graphite
  4. iron
  5. pewter
  6. cloud
  7. silver
  8. smoke
  9. slate
  10. anchor
  11. ash
  12. porpoise
  13. dove
  14. fog
  15. flint
  16. charcoal
  17. pebble
  18. lead
  19. coin
  20. fossil

20 amazing color names for black

How’s your eye for color? These are definitely hard to differentiate!

  1. black
  2. ebony
  3. crow
  4. charcoal
  5. midnight
  6. ink
  7. raven
  8. oil
  9. grease
  10. onyx
  11. pitch
  12. soot
  13. sable
  14. jet black
  15. coal
  16. metal
  17. obsidian
  18. jade
  19. spider
  20. leather

Of course, many of these colors can be found in the newly released book “Why is the Sky Blue? Colorful Questions and Answers.

And of course the popular Color and Solve Your Favorite Holidays coloring book and word search puzzle book.

 

Color on!

 

 

 

 

Why is the Sky Blue? Press Release (updated)

By Word Searches | Oct 19, 2020 |
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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Frank J. D’Agostino
Email:     puzzleenjoyment@gmail.com
Website: http://www.puzzleenjoyment.com  

HOT OFF THE PRESS! “Why is the Sky Blue? Colorful Questions and Answers”

October 19, 2020  Why is the Sky Blue? by Frank J. D’Agostino offers answers to often-asked questions about color.

Why is the Sky Blue? Colorful Questions and Answers” is “Hues Hue” reference about colors.

Find answers to colorful questions such as: What color is the ocean? What do chauffeurs, clerics, judges, magicians, and pirates, have in common? What color was the first piece of bubblegum? Are goldfish naturally orange? Can hens lay colored eggs? Learn about colored hard hats, traffic cones, and airport lights.

Subjects include astronomy and planets, “colormarking” brand colors, farming, flags, food, hair and eyes, mammals and fish, the martial arts, plants, fruits and vegetables, reptiles and chameleons, ribbons, sports, tapes, transportation, weather, and wires.

Note: While the book is about colors…it contains no images, leaving colors up the reader’s imagination.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Frank J. D’Agostino has previously authored 17 word search puzzle books. Mr. D’Agostino’s recent puzzle books include Airplanes, Boats, Cars, Dump Trucks, and Other Vehicles Word Search Puzzles (2019), and Weddings Word Search Puzzles (2020). His other book on color is “Color and Solve Your Favorite Holidays” illustrated by Kevin D’Agostino (2019). All books are available on Amazon.com.

  • Published October 12, 2020
  • Retail price: $6.59 US
  • Paperback : 131 pages
  • Product Dimensions : 8 x 0.34 x 10 inches
  • Publisher : Independently published (October 12, 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • ISBN-13 : 979-8696590479

 

Why is the Sky Blue press release

By Word Searches | Oct 16, 2020 |

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Frank J. D’Agostino
Email:     puzzleenjoyment@gmail.com
Website: http://www.puzzleenjoyment.com  

HOT OFF THE PRESS! “Why is the Sky Blue? Colorful Questions and Answers”

October 16, 2020  Why is the Sky Blue? by Frank J. D’Agostino offers answers to often-asked questions about color.

Why is the Sky Blue? Colorful Questions and Answers” is “Hues Hue” reference about colors.

Find answers to colorful questions such as: What color is the ocean? What do chauffeurs, clerics, judges, magicians, and pirates, have in common? What color was the first piece of bubblegum? Are goldfish naturally orange? Can hens lay colored eggs? Learn about colored hard hats, traffic cones, and airport lights.

Subjects include astronomy and planets, “colormarking” brand colors, farming, flags, food, hair and eyes, mammals and fish, the martial arts, plants, fruits and vegetables, reptiles and chameleons, ribbons, sports, tapes, transportation, weather, and wires.

A handy colorful glossary is at the back, as well as all references.

Note: While the book is about colors…it contains no images, leaving colors up the reader’s imagination.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Frank J. D’Agostino has previously authored 17 word search puzzle books. Mr. D’Agostino’s recent puzzle books include Airplanes, Boats, Cars, Dump Trucks, and Other Vehicles Word Search Puzzles (2019), and Weddings Word Search Puzzles (2020). His other book on color is “Color and Solve Your Favorite Holidays” illustrated by Kevin D’Agostino (2019). All books are available on Amazon.com.

  • Published October 12, 2020
  • Retail price: $6.59 US
  • Paperback : 148 pages
  • Product Dimensions : 8 x 0.34 x 10 inches
  • Publisher : Independently published (October 12, 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • ISBN-13 : 979-8696590479

Why is the Sky Blue?: Colorful Questions and Answers

By Word Searches | Oct 16, 2020 |

Why is the Sky Blue? is now available on Amazon.com!

Here are screenshots of Amazon’s “Look Inside”

 

 

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Having a Train Themed Party?

By Word Searches | Oct 14, 2020 |

If you are having a train-themed birthday party, don’t forget the Trains Word Search puzzle book.

Then your party will chug along at a fast pace!

Color Associations

By Word Searches | Oct 14, 2020 |

In honor of the exciting release of the new book of colors, here are TWO types of color associations. YOU choose the one that’s right for you!

(just don’t try to color associations with names such as Hue Grant and Jackman or Howard Hues)

 

Color Associations

Red

Red is a primary color across all models of color space. It is often associated with love, passion, and lust. It is frequently used in relation to Valentine’s Day.  It can also be used to signify danger or warning but it is also associated with importance. For instance, it is used for stop signs  and fire engines.  In China, red is often used to symbolize good luck or happiness, and is used for many holidays or weddings.

Blue

Blue is a primary color across all models of color space. It is the color of the ocean and the sky; it often symbolizes serenity, stability, inspiration, or wisdom  It can be a calming color, and symbolize reliability.  In the Catholic Church, the Virgin Mary is most often depicted wearing blue, to symbolize being “full of grace” by divine favor.  Blue is widely used for baby boys’ clothes or bedrooms, although the reason blue is so strongly associated with boys is debated

Yellow

Yellow is a primary color in many models of color space, and a secondary in all others. It is a color often associated with sunshine or joy.  It is sometimes used in association with cowardice or fear, i.e., the phrase “yellow-bellied”. Children tend to like this color, and it is used to market products to children; it is also used for school buses and taxi cabs since it is such a bright, noticeable color.

Green

Green is a primary color in many models of color space, and a secondary in all others. It is most often used to represent nature, healing, or fertility, since it is such a dominant color in nature. It can be a very relaxing color  but is also used in the US to symbolize money, greed, sickness or jealousy.  Saying that someone is “green” means they’re inexperienced or new.

Black

Black is a primary color across all models of color space. In Western culture, it is considered a negative color and usually symbolizes death, grief, or evil. People often wear black for mourning, although this practice isn’t as widespread as it was in the past.

White

White is a primary color across all models of color space. It most often symbolizes perfection, faith, innocence, softness, and cleanliness  Brides often wear white dresses to symbolize virginity or purity.

Pink

Pink is a prominent secondary or tertiary color in many color spacemodels. It is associated with softness, sweetness, and love.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_symbolism

 

 

List of Int’l Associations about Colors

Color Marketing Group

International Association of Color Manufacturers

Colour Assocation

 

International Color Consortium

 

BOOKS
What Is Color?: 50 Questions and Answers on the Science of Color
(2020)
by Arielle Eckstut and Joann Eckstut

 

Understanding Color Management by Abhay Sharma (2018)

 

Games

Color Brain

Disney Colorbrain, The Ultimate Board Game for Families who Love Disney

 

Why is the Sky Blue?: Colorful Questions and Answers

By Word Searches | Oct 14, 2020 |
Why is the Sky Blue?

WHY IS THE SKY BLUE? COLORFUL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Now availalable, a new book about colors.

Not your average book on colors.

This book deals with colors, but has no images nor colors inside!

The book is geared towards using your imagination. If you can picture the sun, the moon at night, a red fire truck and barn, then this book’s for you!

The book is not alphabetized A-Z, rather categorized by the Dewey Decimal System (as with your local library)

Many crayon colors have been long retired, but the book lists long forgotten crayon colors!

“Why is the Sky Blue? Colorful Questions and Answers” is a sort of “Hues Hue” reference about colors. Have you ever wondered why brides wear white, but raincoats are yellow? Why were red carpets popular at silver screen premieres? “Dyeing” to find out the real color of blue jeans?Find answers to colorful questions such as: What color is the ocean?

What do chauffeurs, clerics, judges, magicians, and pirates, have in common? What color was the first piece of bubblegum? Are goldfish naturally orange? Can hens lay colored eggs? Learn about colored hard hats, traffic cones, and airport lights. Look for fun crayons such as Twilight Blue and Lobster Red. Find out more about specialty colors such as Barn Red, Fire Engine Red, and School Bus Yellow.

Which color has gone up into space? International Orange, Safety Orange, or Safety Yellow?  Subjects include astronomy and planets, “colormarking” brand colors, farming, flags, food, hair and eyes, mammals and fish, the martial arts, plants, fruits and vegetables, reptiles and chameleons, ribbons, sports, tapes, transportation, weather, and wires.

A handy colorful glossary is at the back.

Note: While the book is about colors…it contains no images, color or black and white.

Campus News

By Word Searches | Oct 7, 2020 |
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Have you visited Campus News recently?

The free newspaper does a great job of reporting on New York State colleges and universities.

And each month feature the best of college journalism and a word-search puzzle!

This is this month’s word search puzzle.

Read the October 2020 issue here!

 

About Campus News

Publisher Darren Johnson is a writer, and marketer who owns Campus News, a newspaper that hits over 37 colleges in the New York Metro Area and beyond, and The Journal & Press, an historic community newspaper serving Washington and Saratoga counties Upstate (site).

He has a B.A. in English and Writing and an M.F.A. in Writing and Literature from Southampton College and has taught Writing, Journalism and Marketing extensively at the four-year and community college levels.

As a college marketing administrator, he has managed major mass media buys, from storyboard to air, with hundreds of thousands of spots placed on major cable TV, regional radio and network TV, the Internet, billboards, print publications and more.

He has a decade of newsroom experience and was a New York Press Association “Writer of the Year” for The Sag Harbor Express, where he authored approximately 1000 articles. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The American and a host of other publications. He has also published fiction, poetry and essays and has had a play produced.

Campus News student paper, started in January 2010, now has news boxes on the streets of New York City. While other newspapers are retracting, Johnson’s Campus News continues to expand.

 

Did you publish a story in an official student publication or for a college journalism class blog and want some added recognition? Best of College Journalism

Send us the link to the story, and we may link it on our upcoming site, BestofCollegeJournalism.com! We also will give out some awards on a rolling basis!

We have time to do this. We at Campus News are a bunch of college journalism experts, sitting around the office, anyway. Some of us have judged statewide press association competitions. We’d love to honor your work!

 

Contact Darren Johnson at 518-879-0965 or djohnson@twinforks.com.

 

Reminder: the School Days Word Search Puzzle Book includes puzzles featuring college!

 

 

 

 

 

National Coffee Day

By Word Searches | Sep 29, 2020 |

National Coffee Day is September 29th.

 

https://nationaltoday.com/national-coffee-day/

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2020/09/27/free-coffee-day-deals-freebies-list-starbucks-dunkin-mcdonalds/5864184002/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2020/09/29/national-coffee-day-freebies-list-starbucks-dunkin-krispy-kreme/3569452001/?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=exchange&utm_content=money

https://www.masslive.com/entertainment/2020/09/national-coffee-day-boston-among-the-best-coffee-cities-in-america-wallethub-says.html

https://www.internationalcoffeeday.org/

https://twitter.com/Starbucks?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

https://www.wccq.com/jonesing-for-autumn-and-pumpkin-spice-call-1-833-get-fall/

https://twitter.com/dunkindonuts/status/1310584930901127169?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

Coffee is featured in the Foods Word Search Puzzle Book

 

 

Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies

By Word Searches | Sep 24, 2020 |
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The Hallmark Channel is getting a jump on the holiday season.

https://www.radio.com/music/entertainment-news/hallmark-reveals-schedule-of-all-40-christmas-2020-movies

The network has announced the schedule for its list of original 2020 Christmas films and the first seasonal movie will premiere on October 24th.

Between the Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ “Miracles of Christmas,” fans will have 40 holiday films to enjoy this year.

“For more than a decade, Hallmark holiday movies have represented the gold standard that many aspire to replicate,” Crown Media’s President & CEO Wonya Lucas said in a press release. “What we bring to the table and what truly sets us apart is an immersive holiday experience that has become a pop culture phenomenon for millions of fans”

This year will also see the return of many fan-favorite stars as Candace Cameron-Bure headlines her ninth film (“If I Only Had Christmas”), while “Wonder Years” actress Danica McKellar appears in her sixth yuletide movie (“Christmas She Wrote”) for the network.

In addition to having more diverse leads, the channel’s slate includes a Hanukkah film entitled “Love, Lights, Hanukkah!” with Mia Kirshner and the network’s first movie involving a same-sex couple.

“Our holiday table is bigger and more welcoming than ever. This year’s movies reflect our most diverse representation of talent, narratives, and families, including ‘The Christmas House’, featuring a storyline about a gay couple looking to adopt their first child, and starring Jonathan Bennett in an ensemble cast,” said Michelle Vicary, EVP, Programming.

“Our movies are rooted in warmth and positivity, meaningful connections, family gatherings, and seasonal traditions— a winning formula we hope will bring our millions of viewers much-needed levity and holiday cheer at the end of a tough year.”

In total, Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas will premiere 23 new original holiday films and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ “Miracles of Christmas” will have 17. The last film on both networks will launch on December 20th.

Check out the full schedule with cast, synopsis and air dates below.

HALLMARK CHANNEL’S ‘COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS’:
All premieres are at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Saturday, October 24: “Jingle Bell Bride”

Stars: Julie Gonzalo (“Supergirl”) and Ronnie Rowe Jr. (“Star Trek: Discovery”)
Wedding planner Jessica Perez (Gonzalo) travels to a remote town in Alaska to find a rare flower for a celebrity client and is charmed by the small town during Christmas, as well as the handsome local (Rowe Jr.) helping her.

Sunday, October 25: “Chateau Christmas”

Stars: Merritt Patterson (“Picture a Perfect Christmas”) and Luke Macfarlane (“Just Add Romance”)
Margot (Patterson), a world-renowned pianist, returns to Chateau Newhaus to spend the holidays with her family and is reunited with an ex (Macfarlane) who helps her rediscover her passion for music.

Saturday, October 31: “Christmas with the Darlings”

Stars: Katrina Law (“Arrow”) and Carlo Marks (“Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday”)
Just before the holidays Jessica Lew (Law) is ending her tenure as the assistant to her wealthy boss to use her recently earned law degree within his company, but offers to help his charming, younger brother (Marks) as he looks after his orphaned nieces and nephew over Christmas.

 

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Sunday, November 1: “One Royal Holiday”

Stars: Laura Osnes (“In the Key of Love”), Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables), Krystal Joy Brown (“Sydney to the Max”), Victoria Clark (“Homeland”) and Tom McGowan (“Everybody Loves Raymond”)
When Anna (Osnes) offers a stranded mother (Clark) and son (Tveit) shelter in a blizzard, she learns that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows the Prince how they do Christmas in her hometown, encouraging him to open his heart and be true to himself.

Saturday, November 7: “Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater”

Stars: Ashley Williams (“The Jim Gaffigan Show”) and Niall Matter (“Christmas at Dollywood”)
Single mom Maggie (Williams) is facing Christmas alone until Lucas (Matter) crashes into her life and becomes an unexpected houseguest. Together they overcome Christmas while finding comfort in their growing bond.

Sunday, November 8: “On the 12th Date of Christmas”

Stars: Mallory Jansen (“Shooter”) and Tyler Hynes (“The Mistletoe Secret”)
Two seemingly incompatible game designers team up to create a romantic, city-wide scavenger hunt themed for the “12 Days of Christmas.”

Saturday, November 14: “Christmas in Vienna”

Stars: Sarah Drew (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Brennan Elliott (“Crossword Mysteries”)
Jess (Drew), a concert violinist whose heart just isn’t in it anymore, goes to Vienna for a performance. While there, she finds the inspiration she has been missing, and a new love.

Sunday, November 15: “A Timeless Christmas”

Stars: Ryan Paevey (“Christmas at the Plaza”) and Erin Cahill (“Love, Fall & Order”)
Charles Whitley (Paevey) travels from 1903 to 2020 where he meets Megan Turner (Cahill), a tour guide at his historic mansion, and experiences a 21st Century Christmas.

Saturday, November 21: “A Nashville Christmas Carol”

Stars: Jessy Schram (“Country at Heart”), Wes Brown (“Christmas at Graceland”), Wynonna Judd (The Judds), Sara Evans (“Nashville”), RaeLynn (“The Voice”), Kix Brooks (“Home by Spring”), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“Darrow Mysteries”)

Vivienne Wake (Schram), a workaholic television producer in charge of a country music Christmas special showcasing newcomer Alexis (Raelynn), never lets personal feelings get in the way of business. On the verge of accepting a job in LA, and with the return of Gavin Chase (Brown), her childhood sweetheart and manager to the special’s headliner, Belinda (Evans), she receives a visit from the ghost of her recently deceased mentor, Marilyn (Judd). Her mentor warns her current path leads to a dark future and has recruited both the Spirit of Christmas Past (Brooks) and the Spirit of Christmas Present (Williams-Paisley) to help her get back on track. The Spirits’ time-jumping adventures force Vivienne to take hold of her life.

Sunday, November 22: “The Christmas House”

Stars: Robert Buckley (“One Tree Hill”), Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls), Ana Ayora (“In the Dark”), Treat Williams (“Chesapeake Shores”), Sharon Lawrence (“NYPD Blue”) and Brad Harder (“Aurora Teagarden Mysteries”)

Working through some difficult decisions, Mitchell family matriarch Phylis (Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Williams), have summoned their two grown sons – TV star, Mike Mitchell (Buckley) and Brandon Mitchell (Bennett) – home for the holidays. It is their hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house, will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband Jake (Harder) make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi (Ayora), his high school sweetheart.

New movie to be announced
Premiering – Monday, November 23

Tuesday, November 24: “A Christmas Tree Grows in Brooklyn”

Stars: Rochelle Aytes (“Mistresses”) and Mark Taylor (“Memories of Christmas”)Erin (Aytes) is planning the town’s Christmas celebration and must win over firefighter Kevin (Taylor) in order to obtain the beautiful spruce tree from his property for the celebration.

Wednesday, November 25: “A Bright and Merry Christmas”

Stars: Alison Sweeney (“Days of Our Lives”) and Marc Blucas (“The Fix”)
Two competing TV hosts (Sweeney and Blucas) are sent to a festive small town over Christmas. While pretending to get along for the sake of appearances, they discover that there’s more to each other than they thought.

Thursday, November 26: “Five Star Christmas” (working title)

Stars: Bethany Joy Lenz (“Bottled with Love”) and Victor Webster (“MatchMaker Mysteries”) After moving back to her hometown, Lisa (Lenz) plots with her siblings and grandparents to help her father’s new bed and breakfast get a five-star review from an incognito travel critic (Webster), but ends up falling for him, not knowing he is the real critic.

Friday, November 27: “Christmas by Starlight”

Stars: Kimberley Sustad (“Travelers”) and Paul Campbell (“Battlestar Galactica”)
Annie (Sustad), a lawyer, must help her loved ones this holiday season. Her family’s restaurant, The Starlight Café, is slated for demolition. The heir to the development firm responsible, William (Campbell), makes her an unlikely proposition: he’ll spare the café if Annie spends the week “appearing” as the legal counsel his father is demanding he hire in the wake of some costly mistakes.

Saturday, November 28: “Christmas Waltz”

Stars: Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls), Will Kemp (“Royal Matchmaker”) and JT Church (“Dancing with the Stars: Juniors”)
After Avery’s (Chabert) storybook Christmas wedding is canceled unexpectedly, dance instructor Roman (Kemp) helps her rebuild her dreams.

Sunday, November 29: “If I Only Had Christmas”

Stars: Candace Cameron Bure (“Fuller House”) and Warren Christie (“The Color of Rain”)
At Christmas, a cheerful publicist (Bure) teams up with a cynical business owner (Christie) and his team to help a charity in need.

Saturday, December 5 “Christmas in Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing”

Stars: Holly Robinson Peete (“A Family Christmas Gift”), Colin Lawrence (“Riverdale”), Rukiya Bernard (“One Winter Weekend”), Antonio Cayonne (“Fashionably Yours”) and Barbara Niven (“Chesapeake Shores”).
As Michelle’s (Peete) wedding approaches, Hannah (Bernard) steps up to help finish the launch of the new Evergreen museum while questioning her relationship and future with Elliot (Cayonne).

Sunday, December 6: “Christmas She Wrote”

Stars: Danica McKellar (“The Wonder Years”) and Dylan Neal (“Gourmet Detective: Roux the Day”)
When Kayleigh (McKellar), a romance writer, has her column cancelled right before Christmas, she heads home to reconnect with her family. Kayleigh gets an unexpected visit from the man (Neal) who cancelled her column who fights not only to bring her back to the publisher but also for her heart.

Saturday, December 12: “Cross Country Christmas”

Stars: Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That) and Greyston Holt (“Chesapeake Shores”)
Former classmates Lina (Cook) and Max (Holt) are traveling home for the holidays, until a storm hits and they have to work together to make it home in time, no matter the mode of transportation.

Sunday, December 13: “Christmas Comes Twice”

Stars: Tamera Mowry-Housley (“A Christmas Miracle”) and Michael Xavier (“Paris, Wine and Romance”)
Emily (Mowry-Housley) is a top newscaster who has achieved her career dreams but still has regrets about the guy (Xavier) who got away five years earlier. When the Christmas carnival comes to town, a ride around the carousel takes her magically back in time to the carnival five years before…giving her a second chance at love before she must return to Christmas present. Saturday, December 19 “Christmas Carousel”
Stars: Rachel Boston (“Check Inn to Christmas”) and Neal Bledsoe (“Shameless”)
When Lila (Boston) is hired by the Royal Family of Marcadia to repair a carousel, she must work with the Prince (Bledsoe) to complete it by Christmas.

Sunday, December 20: “Love, Lights, Hanukkah!”

Stars: Mia Kirshner (“Star Trek: Discovery”), Ben Savage (“Boy Meets World”) and Marilu Henner (“Aurora Teagarden Mysteries”)
As Christina (Kirshner) prepares her restaurant for its busiest time of year, she gets back a DNA test revealing that she’s Jewish. The discovery leads her to a new family and an unlikely romance over eight nights. HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES’ ‘MIRACLES OF CHRISTMAS’:
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Saturday, October 24: “Christmas Tree Lane”

Stars: Alicia Witt (“Our Christmas Love Song”), Andrew Walker (“Christmas on My Mind”), Drake Hogestyn (“Days of Our Lives”) and Briana Price (“13 Reasons Why”)

Music store owner Meg (Witt) spearheads the community effort to save the Christmas Tree Lane shopping district from demolition. As she finds herself falling for Nate (Walker), a recent acquaintance, she’s thrown when she learns his surprising tie to the developer.

Sunday, October 25: “Deliver by Christmas”

Stars: Alvina August (“Nancy Drew”) and Eion Bailey (“Switched for Christmas”)
Bakery owner Molly (August) meets Josh (Bailey), a widower who recently moved to town with his young son, but she is also charmed by a mysterious client whom she’s never met in person and she doesn’t realize that they’re the same man.

Saturday, October 31: “Cranberry Christmas”

Stars: Nikki DeLoach (“Two Turtle Doves”) and Benjamin Ayres (“A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas”)
A separated couple (DeLoach and Ayres) feign marital bliss on national television to help their town’s Christmas festival – and their business. But what will the future hold for them when rekindled love is complicated by new opportunities?

Sunday, November 1: “Holly & Ivy”

Stars: Janel Parrish (“Pretty Little Liars”), Jeremey Jordan (“Supergirl”) and Marisol Nichols (“Riverdale”)

When Melody’s (Parrish) neighbor, Nina (Nichols), learns that her illness has returned, Melody promises to keep Nina’s kids, Holly & Ivy, together. To adopt the children, she must renovate her new fixer-upper, which she does with the help of contractor, Adam (Jordan).

Saturday, November 7: “The Christmas Ring”

Stars: Nazneen Contractor (“Ransom”) and David Alpay (“The Mistletoe Inn”)
A reporter (Contractor) searches for the love story behind an antique engagement ring. With the help of the ring’s owner’s grandson (Alpay), they learn the legacy his grandparents left behind.

Sunday, November 8: “The Christmas Bow”

Stars: Lucia Micarelli (“Treme”) and Michael Rady (“You’re Bacon Me Crazy”)
When an accident puts her music dreams on hold, a gifted violinist (Micarelli) reconnects with an old family friend (Rady), who helps her heal and find love during the holidays.

Saturday, November 14: “Meet Me at Christmas” (working title)

Stars: Catherine Bell (“Good Witch”) and Mark Deklin (“Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy”)
When Joan’s (Bell) son’s wedding planner unexpectedly quits, she must coordinate his Christmas Eve wedding with the help of Beau (Deklin), the bride’s uncle. As they work alongside each other they discover their fates and pasts are intertwined.

Sunday, November 15: “The Christmas Doctor”

Stars: Holly Robinson Peete (“A Family Christmas Gift”) and Adrian Holmes (“V-Wars”)
A week before Christmas, Dr. Alicia Wright (Peete) is offered an assignment away from home. A mysterious man (Holmes) from her past journeys to find her before Christmas and brings with him a revelation that could change Alicia’s life forever.

Saturday, November 21: “A Little Christmas Charm” (working title)

Stars: Ashley Greene (Twilight) and Brendan Penny (“Chesapeake Shores”)
Holly (Greene), a jewelry designer finds a lost charm bracelet and teams up with investigative reporter Greg (Penny) in hopes of finding the owner and returning it by Christmas Eve.

Sunday, November 22: “The Angel Tree”

Stars: Jill Wagner (“Teen Wolf”) and Lucas Bryant (“Country at Heart”)

A writer (Wagner) seeks the identity of the person who helps grant wishes that are placed upon the angel tree, and in the process, reconnects with her childhood friend (Bryant).

Saturday, November 28: “USS Christmas”

Stars: Jen Lilley (“Angel Falls: A Novel Holiday”), Trevor Donovan (“Nostalgic Christmas”) and Barbara Niven (“Chesapeake Shores”)
Maddie (Lilley), a reporter for a Norfolk newspaper, embarks on a Tiger Cruise during Christmastime where she meets a handsome naval officer (Donovan) and stumbles upon a mystery in the ship’s archive room.

Saturday, December 5: “Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas”

From Executive Producer Blake Shelton
Stars: Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls) and Stephen Huszar (“A Homecoming for the Holidays”) Five guests are mysteriously invited to an inn to celebrate Christmas. With the help of the owner Ben (Huszar), Sarah (Chabert) discovers that an event from the past may connect them and change their lives forever.

Sunday, December 6: “A Godwink Christmas: First Loves, Second Chances”

Stars: Brooke D’Orsay (“Royal Pains”) and Sam Page (“The Bold Type”)
After 15 years, Pat (Page) moves home from Hawaii with his two sons and through a series of coincidences, or Godwinks, ends up stuck in traffic next to his high school sweetheart, Margie (D’Orsay), at Christmas.

Saturday, December 12: “A Glenbrooke Christmas”

Stars: Autumn Reeser (“Christmas Under the Stars”) and Antonio Cupo (“Hats Off to Christmas!”)
As Christmas nears, heiress Jessica Morgan (Reeser) seizes what seems like her last chance to experience a relaxed Christmas and heads off to the small town of Glenbrooke, where she meets a handsome fireman (Cupo).

Sunday, December 13: “Christmas Homecoming” (working title)

Stars: Taylor Cole (“Matching Hearts”) and Steve Lund (“The Art of Us”)
When a mysterious key and a holiday riddle arrive on their doorsteps, Kate (Cole) and Kevin (Lund) embark on a Christmas romance adventure they’ll never forget.

Saturday, December 19: “Swept Up by Christmas” (working title) Stars: TBD

An antique seller and a cleaner clash over how to downsize a magnificent estate right before Christmas. As the two uncover the house’s treasures, they find a way to reconnect the reclusive owner with his own Christmases past.

Sunday, December 20: “Project Christmas Wish”

Stars: TBD
For years Lucy has played Santa to her small town’s community by making their holiday wishes come true. But when Lucy grants a little girl’s wish for a Christmas like she used to have with her Mom, she unexpectedly finds her own wishes coming true in life and love.

 

On September 23

By Word Searches | Sep 23, 2020 |

On September 23, the 2nd day of fall (89 days till winter)

International Day of Sign Languages

National Checkers Day

National Dogs in Politics Day

See You at the Poll Day

 

The American film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid had its world premiere, and it became a western classic, especially noted for the pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the titular outlaws in 1969

American singer, songwriter, and bandleader Bruce Springsteen, who became the archetypal rock performer of the 1970s and ’80s, was bor in 1949

Also born on September 23, Julio Iglesias, Ray Charles and actor Jason Alexander.

 

 

 

American Crossword Tournament

By Word Searches | Sep 20, 2020 |

Great article on the American Crossword Tournament in Stamford, CT

https://www.courant.com/ctnow/hc-crossword-puzzle-convention-stamford-0322-20150322-story.html

Will Shortz, the editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, founded the tournament in 1978

 

https://willshortz.com

By Word Searches | Sep 20, 2020 |

What Is the Color Scheme for Each Holiday?

by Amanda Bennett

https://www.ehow.com/facts_5641221_color-scheme-holiday_.html

Each holiday has a color scheme associated with the season, foods and activities of that day. In addition to a traditional scheme, most holidays have a less used scheme that is also appropriate.

New Year’s Eve

In many parts of the world, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with festive fireworks and effervescent champagne. Correspondingly, the color combination most frequently used is sparkling gold and silver.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is defined by shades of red, pink and white; red of a heart beating with love, pink of blushing cheeks, white of honor and purity.

Easter Sunday

Easter is about rebirth, and lands in a season of renewal. Its main colors are pink, yellow, orange, grass green and white.

President’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Veteran’s Day

These U.S. holidays are about patriotism, so look to the flag for inspiration (red, white and blue). When using an actual flag for decoration, follow the appropriate etiquette.

Halloween and Thanksgiving

Halloween is black and orange. Black is for night, shadows and spiders, while orange is for jack-o-lanterns. The colors of Thanksgiving are autumnal, red, orange, yellow, and brown.

Hanukkah and Christmas

Any color is acceptable for Hanukkah, though a pairing of blue and white is most popular. The predominant scheme for Christmas is holly berry red, evergreen, and snowy white. “Blue Christmas” schemes of winter colors (blue, white and silver) are not uncommon.

https://www.ehow.com/facts_5641221_color-scheme-holiday_.html

It is Fall

By Word Searches | Sep 20, 2020 |
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Now it is fall. Happy autumn!

Fall can be found in the Color and Solve book.

Have fun.

Portmanteau

By Word Searches | Sep 17, 2020 |

What is a Portmanteau?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portmanteau

Surely you’ve heard of Baltington (the Baltimore-Washington metropolis) or J-Lo (Jennifer Lopez), mockumentary, brunch, motel, smog, comrom (comedy romance), or wordsent (word sentenence such as Yes!)

 

On Wednesday, June 28 2017, The New York Times crossword included the quip, “How I wish Natalie Portman dated Jacques Cousteau, so I could call them ‘Portmanteau'”

Can you think of others examples?

Color and Solve Your Favorite Holidays offers 40 pictures to color, and 40 matching word search puzzles.

And the best thing is the coloring book and puzzles are about your favorite holidays, and some annual events! Children can color in the pictures of popular holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Easter and Halloween. And because families love spending time together, parents will find those same holidays in the word search puzzles to solve.

So get out your crayons. And pencils. Have fun, but don't worry about drawing outside the lines. Enjoy!

Color and Solve Your Favorite Holidays

Winter holidays and events

1. Inauguration Day  2. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  3. Chinese New Year  4. Groundhog Day  5. Super Bowl Sunday  6. Lincoln’s Birthday  7. Valentine’s Day  8. Presidents’ Day  9. Washington’s Birthday  10. Mardi Gras

Spring holidays and events

11. Easter Sunday  12. International Women's Day  13. St. Patrick's Day  14. Spring Begins  15. Baseball Opening Day  16. National Pet Day  17. Earth Day  18. Arbor Day  19. Kentucky Derby  20. Mother's Day  21. Indianapolis 500  22. Memorial Day

Summer holidays and events

23. Flag Day  24. Father’s Day  25. Summer  26. Graduation Day 27. Independence Day  28. Labor Day  29. Back-To-School  30. Grandparents Day

Autumn-Winter holidays and events

31. Autumn Begins  32. Columbus Day  33. Halloween  34. Election Day  35. Veterans Day  36. Thanksgiving Day 37. Winter Begins  38. Hanukkah  39. Christmas  and 40. New Year's Eve.