Christmas: Your Christmas planner

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Second Week of December

  • If purchasing a live tree, now is the time to buy. As you hang ornaments on the tree, talk about them with your kids. Knowing the history of each adds to the fun.
  • Wrap gifts. Try to wrap presents on the day you purchase. For those remaining unwrapped presents, gather together one evening with family and friends. Play holiday music, snack on Christmas cookies, talk, wrap gifts and enjoy each other's company!
  • Visit the library with your kids and check out some holiday books that you can share. Allow yourself time each night to read with your kids. Don't forget to tell your stories of Christmas when you were little.
  • Designate one day for baking. You can make all your favorite cookies in one baking session. This helps save on cleanup time. Freeze any cookies that are perishable. (Be sure to save several batches of sugar cookies for decorating next week, as well as 12 dozen cookies for a cookie swap.)
  • Visit Santa Claus. If possible, choose a time during the week that won't be busy. Kids (and parents) hate to wait in long lines -- even for Santa! Don't forget your camera.
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