Personalized Advent Calendars

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Or, mark the days to another holiday?

“Ask relatives and close friends to answer a few questions for each child. “You make me smile when”…”I am proud of you because”….”I love you because”…each day, the child opens one message each day and saves them in an envelope for that year. These envelopes are easily stored, and in the future, they will have these notes to remind them of the circle of love they had throughout the years and it will help them remember all the special bonds they have within their family. These messages may give them a little lift when they need it most.”

With thanks to;
Jane Munroe, Pegasus Studios
Toronto, ON Canada

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Before your long trip

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Remember to add your local friends and family members to your social media lists. You may speak with a local friend regularly, but when you’re away for an extended holiday, you may miss having contact with this person. If you connect on Facebook or add them to your Skype contacts, you can stay in touch very easily.

So – when you’re making your lists of “things to do” before your next big trip, add your close friends and family members to your social media lists – to share some of the highlights along the way! Enjoy your trip!

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Put down that cell phone!

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At a recent party, I noticed that many people were texting or talking on their cell phones throughout the party. It really bothered a few guests. Others simply did not engage in conversations with these young people, and that drove them back to their cell phones. It can be a vicious cycle. When you’re at a party, minimize your cell use, and see if you can have deeper conversations. It could lead to something quite special. You may hear some family stories, or find out about your native land.

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Leftover candy

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Halloween candies are so exciting for the first few days! Then, it’s a little too much.

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Once the kids have had their fill, we’d stash them away to decorate our Gingerbread House at Christmas time. They are the perfect candies for that job. I’d buy a few Christmas type candies to supplement them and we’d be good to go! I’d buy Graham Crackers and give the kids a stiff icing to use as glue. I’d cover a board or cardboard with foil to use as their base. They enjoyed building houses and tents and landscapes with these materials. Hope you’ll find this tip useful for your family.

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