Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tips to Help Keep the Holiday Happy!

Hi Neighbors!

I am working today with Social Moms and Hasbro!  Hasbro is introducing their Kre-O Sets this year.  They are designed for ages 6 and older.  I know there are alot of young boys who would love to receive these as a gift.  This could actually be time to sit down and spend some time building with your children.  And it encourages imagination!  Hands on toys are always a favorite in our family.  Not to mention you can use them with other building sets!  Talk about great news!

Now how about a few tips to keep the holidays happy.  One of my foremost tips is to keep everything simple.  For get togethers, try to plan food that doesn't require alot of preparation.  Or use foods you can prepare in advance.  Be sure to have the children help when you can.  It makes for great family time!  Most children can stick toothpicks in pieces of cheese or fruits.  Perhaps they could roll the deli meat too!  I have one who likes to stir anything, so she is easy to find jobs for.  Also baking ahead of time.  Spread it out over a couple of days if you need to. 

Keep decorations simple also.  I mean have you ever walked into someones home and said, "Wow, decorations!"?  Really you want it festive, but inviting.  You want people to feel comfortable.  Also when you over decorate, people are concerned about their children touching things, or breaking something.  So keep it simple.

Remember your pets too.  If you are having a huge group over, some pets would prefer to be removed from the excitement.  Too much stress!  Not to mention think of your guests, in case someone is allergic to pet hair.  It might be better to find a nice, quiet room away from the party.

I also try to schedule extra family time as the holidays approach and schedules will be busy.  Just a quiet night or two for games, or a video and popcorn.  Something just for your family.  Maybe a trip to the playground or park.  And use this time just to be together.  No planning, no stress, no frustration.

Early bedtimes on nights that there are no functions to attend or events going on.  This helps children to be rested and not as irritable on nights they do stay up late.  We also have quiet times in the afternoon, where they can lay down and read or just relax, too old for naps you know!  It really does help.

Maybe some of my neighbors has a tip or two they would like to share.  Be sure to leave a comment with your tips.  I will love seeing what you have to say.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Hasbro blogging program, for 8,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points and a KRE-O gift. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of SocialMoms or Hasbro. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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