Put out the buffet snacks. Gather up the pots, pans, and noise makers. It's time for the big count down! You don't have any noise makers? We can fix that!
Celebrations and Traditions
As the old year winds down, your thoughts might turn to changes you'll make in the coming year. What's in store for the new year?
"Ho Ho Ho!" or "Bah humbug!" One of these probably describes your house on Christmas Eve. What traditions help you celebrate these winter holidays? Does Santa make an appearance?
Making a New Year's resolution is like any other project that we encounter, whether it's a monster work assignment or something that must be done around the house.
The kids are already bouncing off the walls. You're pulling out your hair. Even the dog's in the action, flying in crazy circles. If Santa doesn't come down the chimney soon, you'll go through the roof! Here's how you can help them survive -- and enjoy -- these final hours 'til "ho-ho-ho" arrives!
Just think, from this point forward every day gets a little bit longer. Hello spring! Ok, maybe not quite yet, but each day brings it a little bit closer and that's definitely a reason to celebrate. How about camping in the living room? It's an activity that may make the long night seem way too short.
Kwanzaa runs from December 26 to January 1. Each day is dedicated to celebrating one of the principles believed to have been key to building strong families and communities in African cultures. Help your child follow along with one of these activities.
The weather outside may be frightful. The kids wandering around looking for "something to do" might be less than delightful. Instead letting loose with an indoor storm, what can you do? Get busy with a craft project! Bring out an old favorite or try one of ours.
Decorate the tree and hang the stockings. Then, heat up the cocoa and snuggle up together with a good story. Holiday books seem to offer a special magic -- opening doors of childhood imagination just waiting to explore.
Try out these kids' activities -- a whirlwind of opportunities for your child to get involved -- learning about tradition, helping others or simply having fun during the holiday season.