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Christmas Break and the Kids

For many around the country, today is a significant day for parents. Why? It’s the last day of school until January, marking the beginning of our children’s Christmas Break. Why is this a significant event? It’s a day that many parents dread because they have no idea what they are going to do to keep their kiddos busy for two entire weeks. (Some schools are even out for three this year!) If you are one of these parents, don’t freak out. We’ve got some fun ideas for activities you can do with your kids over Christmas Break.

Have a Gingerbread House Making Contest – If you have grade-school age children and older, then hosting a gingerbread house making contest is a great way to keep them occupied for the day. Of course, you can’t go buy a kit at the grocery store and expect the kids to be entertained for hours. No, they’ve got to make them by scratch in order for this to be an all-day activity.If you’ve never made a gingerbread house from scratch before, you can do a search in Google and find the instructions, recipes and patterns you need. If you and your children have made gingerbread houses from scratch before, then you will probably be able to leave them alone (checking on them periodically is recommended) once they get the pieces in the oven. Baking and building gingerbread houses is not only a lot of fun, but it gives kids something constructive to do with their time over Christmas Break. Have a Fashion Show – If you are the parent of one or more young girls, then helping them put on a small fashion show is a great way for them to spend an afternoon. This is especially fun for a group of girls to…

Christmas Party Food

So, you’ve decided to host your own Christmas party this year! That’s wonderful as you are sure to have a lot of fun with the family, friends and/or co-workers that you invite. Aside from determining who will be on your guest list and whether it will be formal or semi-formal attire, you will need to decide what food you will serve at the party.

If your Christmas party is going to be adults only, then you won’t have to worry about age-appropriate foods as adults can eat whatever they like. However, if you are going to allow children to attend the party, you should have a table with “kid” food. The table doesn’t have to be labeled “kids only” or anything, but it should contain a lot of finger foods that kids enjoy. Yes, adults can eat from it too.

So, what types of foods are good for Christmas parties?

Meats and Cheeses – Plates full of rich, savory meats like turkey and ham are always great Christmas party foods, especially if your guests will be arriving before they’ve had dinner. You don’t have to go all out with all the fixings, but having nice service tray with cut slices of turkey and ham will be welcomed by your guests. Next to the meat, guests will enjoy having a variety of cheese available too. (It doesn’t matter if it’s slices or cubes of cheese.) Finger Foods – Of course, some of your guests may prefer to eat simple finger foods. Many women prefer to do this when they are at Christmas parties, especially if they are wearing formal dresses because these foods are easier to eat and less messy. Therefore, make sure the menu has foods like: pigs-in-a-blanket, fruits and veggies with dips, Mexican pinwheels, cheese and crackers, pre-cooked…