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The holiday season is upon us and life has suddenly switched into high gear. There are trees to trim, presents to buy, meals to prepare and parties and gatherings to attend. It can get overwhelming at times! But, during this season of giving, take some moments for yourself and your family. The December issue of Connecticut Parent Magazine is just what you need to discover new traditions and participate in some old favorites.
A magical world of wonder awaits in the Winter Family Fun Guide. There are venues throughout the state (and beyond) offering a wide variety of seasonal fun. See The Nutcracker, visit with Santa, take a trolley ride and view amazing twinkling lights — everything to make a lifetime of family memories. And, while the cookies are baking in the oven, read about some great crafts that you and your kids will love doing together.
Having a hard time deciding on the perfect present for the little ones in your life? This issue also showcases the annual holiday gift guide. Courtesy of Dr. Toy and some local retailers, there are many items that your kids will love. Talking about toys, while the holidays are all about fun for kids, there are safety concerns that you should keep in mind. Learn how to avoid a trip to the emergency room during the holidays!
Can you believe it’s the mid-point in the academic year already? You can make a difference to your child by volunteering and participating in school programs. Speaking of school, you are never too old for higher education. If you are toying with the idea, learn how to take those first steps to set you on a new course. You can also read about long-term strategies for easing the future cost of college.
Winter is also a good time to snuggle up in front of the fire with a good book. The Avon Free Public Library has some perfect selections that everyone will enjoy. If you would rather take in a movie, check out Family Media for some great flicks (including Despicable Me 2 and some holiday favorites) to watch together or give as gifts. To make your month of family experiences complete, don’t miss the Family Fun Calendar featuring events and activities even Santa would love!
From our family at Connecticut Parent Magazine to yours, have a wonderful and safe holiday and a happy new year!