The end-of-year holiday season, regardless of the holiday you celebrate, is usually spent among friends and family, who may span a continent or even the globe. Even if they are miles away and it’s not possible to be with all them in person, there are many ways to spread cheer – and to teach your children the importance of staying in touch.
Here are some ways to keep in touch during the holidays:
This winter when you are snowed-in with a house full of kids, channel some summertime fun into this easy-to-do, indoor activity that will have their fingers and maybe toes in the sand – literally!
Here’s how to make moldable sand in three easy steps:
What You’ll Need:
- 6 cups colored play sand (available at most home and garden centers)
- 3 cups cornstarch
- 1.5 cups cold water
- Large, airtight container for mixing and storing the sand
- Plastic molds (sand buckets, cups, any other molds to form moldable sand into shapes)
This time of year, you can hardly turn on the radio, flip on the TV or walk into a store without hearing a holiday tune. You’re more than likely familiar with the melodies, but how well do you actually know the lyrics to some of the holiday classics?
Take our holiday song lyrics quiz and see how well you can match the verse to the song title:
Frequently, overspending and the holidays seem to go hand-in-hand. It can be easy to get caught up in the holiday spirit and lose track of how much you are spending. For people who are on a tight budget, the holiday season can cause a lot of stress when trying to stretch a dollar and give a gift to everyone on “the list.”
Being frugal during the holidays, however, does not have to mean finding cheap or low-quality gifts. The key is to look for opportunities and creative solutions, to get the most for your money without having to sacrifice good taste.
Here are some tips for finding holiday gifts on a budget:
There is one big thing on many children’s minds during the holiday season – presents! For a lot of kids, the excitement of the holidays centers on receiving gifts. Parents can take this opportunity to try to instill in their children that same enthusiasm toward giving gifts.
Encouraging your child to take part in gift-giving can help to demonstrate the joys of giving, as well as to teach him or her the valuable life lesson of thinking of others.
Follow these simple steps for involving kids in gift-giving this holiday season: