This time of year brings festivities and family fun. It is a time for reminiscing and looking forward. We wish you wonderful memories during this joyous season.
Here are a few of our favorite holiday ideas and tips:
~~Read holiday books before bed each night. The Polar Express, Santa Mouse, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Twas The Night Before Christmas are all excellent tales to boost your family's holiday spirit.
~~Set up a Christmas Eve hot cocoa bar.
~~Check out holiday lights in your area. Get in the car, play holiday music, and find brightly lit houses.
~~Have your child start an 'I Am Thankful' list. Have him add one thing he is thankful for each day. You can turn this into a decoration by having him write it on a paper Christmas tree or snowflake that you then hang across the fireplace or some other area.
~~Deliver cookies and treats to your local fire station, police department, and even the staff at your local hospital. After all, they'll be working through the holiday.
~~Yummmm, we all love the smells of the holidays. Keep a simmer pot going with cloves, nutmeg, and other spices to give your home a fragrant holiday smell.
~~Set aside a single place to collect receipts throughout the season for returning or exchanging items. Update your budget list as you make purchases so you do not overspend.
~~Use lots of candles. Nothing makes a room feel warmer and more inviting than candlelight. Plus, if unexpected company arrives, it is not as easy to see the dust in a dimly lit room!
~~Have pets? Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to--complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their crate or in a separate room away from the hubbub.
We will be closed Monday December 24 and Tuesday December 25.
One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly. Andy Rooney