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Christmas

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Christmas music is on the radio, ornaments and wrapping paper have moved into the seasonal aisles, and Black Friday ads are being leaked left and right.  The holidays are coming.  Strike that, they’re here!  Get into the spirit with these holiday happenings all around the South Shore (and some drive-worthy events a bit beyond).  Fill your calendar with gingerbread house decorating, tree lightings,  musicals, parades, and more.

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No matter how long a child’s wish list is, there are only so many toys that one house can hold without busting at the seams.  Sometimes a non-toy gift is a great way to go!  If  you are in search of a unique idea that will please both parents and kids, take a look at these creative alternatives to giving toys this holiday season.

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Milk and cookies? Check.  Carrots for the reindeer?  Check.  Time to log on to NORAD Tracks Santa!  This free and easy to use website lets you track Santa’s progress as he travels the globe handing out toys to good girls and boys!

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Christmas Reading List

December 19, 2013 · 0 comments

Guest Post from Kate Voss

nutcracker by susan jeffersNo one can argue the fact that the holidays are an amazing time of year. Family, friends, and loved ones come together to celebrate Christmas and enjoy each other’s company. On top of that, the kids get a break from school! While this is great for family bonding, with the cold weather in full force, it can often lead to hours of mindlessly sitting in front of the television watching cartoons. All parents would like their kids to read more, but it can be a battle competing with the Disney Channel. So finding them a topic book, like one about the holidays, is the perfect solution to draw on their excitement for Santa’s arrival. It also helps that most of the books selected have been transformed into movies, which can serve as a family reward after the kids have finished reading it!  {keep reading…}

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The Portable North Pole (PNP for short) has been helping parents keep the Christmas magic alive for years with their free video messages from Santa.  It’s an easy to use website that let’s you create a personalized video message to your child from Santa Claus, with lots of options to make each message unique and customized to your little one.

Santa talks right to your child.  He gives highlights of the past year (pictures included), hints to what they’ve asked for this Christmas, and last-but-not-least, lets them know if they’re on the naughty or nice list!  The video arrives by email, you can view it as many times as you like!

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My kids love making ornament crafts.  They love putting them on the tree year after year and admiring the work of their younger selves.  They make great gifts for grandparents too!  Here are five super easy ornaments you can make with kids of all ages:

These cute Handprint Snowman Ornaments from Little Bit Funky are easy to make  Hang them on the tree, or gift them to parents or grandparents!  (Note:  I’ve made these with my own children, they were very easy, and look lovely despite my lack of artistic skills).

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