2022-2023 Winter Guide – 'Tis the Season for Celebrations

My Funny Valentine

Lovely Dovey Gifts for A Sweet Valentine's Day in 2022
5 Lovely Dovey Ways to Celebrate a Sweet Valentine’s Day
Can't Date Night? Here are Day Date Ideas
Can’t Date Night? Here are Day Date Ideas
Creating Space for Valentine's
Creating Space for Valentine’s

Winter Wonderland

Home Decorating Ideas for the Holidays
Tracy’s Favorite Things; Must Haves for #MomLife
Must-Haves For Emergency Preparedness Besides First Aid Kit
Must-Haves For Emergency Preparedness Besides First Aid Kit
COVID-19, Cold, Flu – What to do when your child is sick
Top 10 Alternative Gifts for Kids that are NOT Toys
25 Days of Christmas – Let the Fun Begin!
How to Celebrate a Christmas Birthday
A Merry Little Thriftmas
Combating Holiday Stress

Winter Traditions & Celebrations

Year of the Tiger: Lunar New Year Activities for the Whole Family – Free Printables!
Top 5 Travel Tips for Military Moms
What Lunar New Year Means To Me
Traveling Tips for Your Next Trip
Top Places to See Christmas Lights on the Peninsula
family friendly new year's eve party
Throw a New Year’s Eve Bash (No Sitter Required)
Socially-Distanced Gifts and Activities for Galentine’s Day
Sweet, Sweet Valentine (Free Printable Activities)
Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts
Keep It Real This Holiday Season
Celebrating Chinese New Year Traditions with Toddlers
Calm and relaxed woman meditating on couch
How to Put the “Om” Back in Mom – Even During the Holidays

New Holiday Traditions

A New Way to Celebrate
Holiday Crafts to Make Your Home Merry and Bright
Dear Santa, an Inside Look at the USPS Operation Santa
Happy Hanukkah! Crafts and Snacks to Celebrate
Christmas fairies tradition
Introducing the Christmas Fairies – A New Christmas Tradition
Enjoying a Family Get-together? Self-care Can Help
I’m Mailing You a Holiday Card, But It’s Not (Totally) a #HumbleBrag
Why You Need to Check In on Your People Around the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

  1. Make a family keepsake. Stamp your kids’ handprints on a piece of fabric and build a quilt. Save your children’s letters to Santa in a photo album. If you’re musically inclined, write an original song to sing each year. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s something that lasts year after year.
  2. Learn about the holiday. Whether you choose to focus on particular stories from your religion, learn how it’s celebrated in different parts of the world, listen to stories from older family members about their childhood memories, or choose an entirely new religion to learn about, find ways to connect your kids with the larger spirit of the season.
  3. Write holiday cards together. Instead of laying the burden of mailing cards entirely on yourself, find ways for the whole family to pitch in, even if it’s licking the envelopes. (Milk and cookies are excellent motivators)
  4. Elf yourself. Everyone will get a kick out of seeing themselves as animated elves, and it couldn’t be easier to do.
  5. Read books along with Rosie and print out the fun activities like the Gingerbread Activity Workbook.
  6. Track Santa. Starting December 1, the NORAD website has an official Santa tracker, so your kids can keep tabs on the big guy all the way through Christmas Day. If the North American Aerospace Defense Command can get into the Christmas spirit, then anyone can.
  7. Plan visits from the holiday fairies. Leading up to the main holiday events, plan something fun to do with your kids each day. Have your kids open an envelope from the “fairies” each morning with a special activity for the day. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s something planned to do together (and you won’t have to look much further than this list for your inspiration).
  8. Decorate the house. Have your kids make an ornament each year to hang on the tree (plus extras to give to grandparents). String popcorn and cranberries for garland. Cut out paper snowflakes. There are so many ways this can be a family affair, all while listening to holiday music, of course. To wipe down presents and surfaces for decorating, we use Arm & Hammer Essentials Disinfecting Wipes.
  9. Make food together. Whether you love to bake, make gift bags of spiced nuts, or cook latkes each year for Hanukah, doing it together makes it more special, and the smells of those foods will stick with your kids through adulthood bringing them right back to your kitchen.
  10. Watch old movies. Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube make it possible to watch even the most obscure movie from your childhood. Find your favorite and share it with your kids.
  11. Write a letter. The old standby recipient of letters is Santa, of course, but it’s also fun to have your kids write to themselves to open the following year. Pre-writers can dictate to you what they want to say, and you can write to your child if they’re not yet verbal. Store the letters with your holiday decorations, so it’s easy to find next year. Or, choose another relative to write to. In this electronic age, keeping the tradition of written letters alive feels perfect for the nostalgia of the holiday season. For e-correspondences, we love Smilebox for personalizable greetings and slideshows.
  12. Give your child a special present on their first holiday. Maybe it’s their very own menorah or a special ornament, but having something that you pull out each year, prompting the story of when they were little, will make them feel special.
  13. Wear matching family pajamas. If at least one of your holiday traditions isn’t making someone in your family roll their eyes, then you’re not doing it right. Check out Pat Pat for a picture-perfect family jammy fest.
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Out & About

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Winter Wonderland Culinary Arts

Roast Chicken Chowder in Under an Hour
Holiday Entertaining Tips From Lifestyle Expert and TV Personality Debbie Matenopoulos
affordable personal chef
Pocket Chefs Wants to Help You Meal Prep (and You Should Let Them) – USE CODE ‘SFMOMS’ WHEN YOU SIGN UP!
Turkey & Donuts – The Year We Said No to a Traditional Holiday

Tips for Pie Baking with Kids


Chinese New Year recipes
Chinese Almond Cookies to Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Festive Popcorn Treat-Crafts

Deck the Halls with Popcorn Trees
It’s Winter Time
Let It Snow

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