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THE HIVEIt's the start of a new week, and today I'm kicking things off with another Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway here on The Rock Father. From the folks at Cinedigm/New Kideo comes THE HIVE: A VERY BUZZBEE CHRISTMAS, a new collection of 10 episodes of this cute series that airs daily on Disney Junior. Teaching Holiday Tradition, Compassion, and Teamwork to preschoolers, THE HIVE is pretty buzzed-about, and one (1) lucky reader will score a copy on DVD. Check out the details, and enter for your chance to win below...

Bachmann TrainsI have to admit, I was having some serious childhood flashbacks when putting together our new Bachmann Trains Mountain Master HO Scale Ready-to-Run Train Set earlier this month. Exclusive to Menards stores this holiday season, this 155-piece set is everything you need to get your kids started with electric trains, and a set that's a lot of fun for grownups as well, thus gaining it a spot in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide here on The Rock Father.

Chef Rock FatherWith Thanksgiving just two weeks away, it's time to drop the curtain on a variety of rockin' recipes courtesy of my friends at The J.M Smucker Company - several of which I've personally made. Now, I'm not saying anyone should start calling me "Chef" just yet, but I'm learning, and I'm sharing some potentially tasty creations. First up, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple Bacon Dressing. Yes, yes, I know - "brussels sprouts" - and I can't say that I was a fan, either - but this recipe makes brussels sprouts good. And not only have I made it, I've eaten it, too - and on more than one occasion. Here we go...

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Awol Banner 155x114On November 19th. Red Bull Records will release the newly-expanded 2-Disc MEGALITHIC SYMPHONY Limited Edition Deluxe from AWOLNATION. To celebrate the release, AWOLNATION has teamed up with several websites - including THE ROCK FATHER - to get one lucky reader hooked-up with a ridiculously awesome prize pack that includes a new iPad, a Guitar for iPad accessory, and a Megalithic Bundle (2CD set, "Sail" Borgore Remix, Digital files, Exclusive t-shirt, Autographed litho, and a Vinyl LP). You want it don't you? It would also make a fantastic Holiday Gift for that special AWOLNATION fan in your life...

125ruumThis adventure is sponsored and brought to you by RUUM: American Kids Wear

When we first discovered RUUM American Kid's Wear, it was by complete accident while paying a visit to Gurnee Mills back in July. Since then, it's fast-become one of our favorite stores - a place to find rockin' (and dressy) clothing for all occasions, the racks filled with an ever-changing assortment of styles for girls and boys, newborn to size 14. Having already paid a visit to RUUM during Back-to-School Season, I was pretty excited when the opportunity to check out their Holiday styles came up. Armed with a Gift Card courtesy of RUUM HQ, the little ones and I dropped in to pick-up some new outfits for all the Holiday gatherings that are looming in the weeks ahead. Of course, my girls had to run around the RUUM like they own the place. And... at 17-months and four, there isn't really any convincing them that they don't. So we just roll with it.

After a short run of Season Two episodes this past summer, THE AQUABATS! SUPER SHOW! will return to The Hub for the Holiday Season, with the first of three specials, CHRISTMAS WITH THE AQUABATS, set to debut on December 21. News just hit Rock Father HQ this afternoon, and I've got details on all three new Aquabats specials below. Fingers crossed that they bust out their awesome cover of Lindsey Buckingham's "Holiday Road" that I like so much.

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