The champagne is on ice, the hors d’ oeuvres will be ready to serve shortly, there are noisemakers, silly hats, and confetti for all the guests, and the orchestra is tuning up. Hear them?
You obviously received your invitation because here you are! And you’re wearing your most festive attire! Wonderful! The New Year’s festivities are getting underway!
From Mom in Training: Warm Christmas at the Parenting Diaries is a discussion of Christmas traditions in a warm climate. “Whoever gave most people the idea that Christmas is only made up of snow and cold, winter nights spent in front of the fireplace while waiting for Santa?”
From Raymond: Merry Christmas 2007! – Remembering My Favorite Presents Received From Past To Present at Money Blue Book. Certain gifts provide lessons about life, especially the furry variety.
From Saedel: Christmas Isn’t All About Material Things at Planet Saedel. Children mirror adult behavior. If they are exhibiting materialistic attitudes about Christmas, perhaps we need to re-evaluate the lessons we are teaching them.
From Stephanie: Last Minute Gift Ideas at Unclaimed Money. Still need to pick up a gift or two? Here are some great suggestions.
From Terri Mauro: Five Things We Did Right This Christmas at Terri’s Special Children Blog. Terri invites you to share your triumphs and failures, offering techniques that helped you and your family survive Christmas.
From Carole G. McKay: Dutch Diplomat Has Immunity From Compassion at McKay Today, explaining that “the misguided actions of others can be a lesson and reminder about the preciousness of children and what real commitment means.”
From Miscellaneous Mum: Appreciating Australian Poetry – Gwen Harwood at Miscellaneous Adventures of an Aussie Mum. Sometimes time — and motherhood — can provide a totally new perspective and appreciation of another’s viewpoint.
From Abel Cheng: What to Teach Children about Credit Cards at Parent Wonder.
From Hill Robertson: Turn Your Passion Into Your Profit at Hill Robertson.
Family Health and Wellness
From Stephanie: Basics in My Refrigerator at Stop the Ride! is a helpful list of staples to keep on hand at all times especially if you have teen-agers who get hungry at all hours and frequently want snacks.
From Alex Blackwell: Ask for What You Want at The Next 45 Years, encouraging readers to “make the commitment to announce to the Universe what has been inside of you for a very long time.”Julie Heath presents Best Pregnancy Websites posted at Julie Heath – More4kids Inc..
From Aparna: Sleeping for long hours is not good for health at Beauty and Personality Grooming. She says that an insufficient amount of sleep or long term sleep deprivation is detrimental to one’s health, and insomnia is by far the most talked about and discussed sleep disorder, while excessive sleep and its effects on health rarely get much attention.
From Michelle: The Research Continues to Come In — Organic is Better! at Modern Sage. Read why she challenges her readers to utilize only organically produced foods.
From Seabird: A Roto-Rooter Christmas at SeaBird Chronicles. Six adults, one bathroom, four days.
From TherapyDoc: Kids at the Movies: ALVIN! at Everyone Needs Therapy. It is really important for parents to consider what their child’s reaction will be to sounds and images on movie screens. Just because the advertising agency believes a movie is appropriate for children doesn’t mean it will be appropriate for your child.
From Lylah Ledner: When good dogs die at wife, mom, nana, daughter, sister, friend, disciple-maker is a touching series of three posts about doing what is right for our beloved pets, knowing when it is time to let go, and what we learn from the experience.
Family Crafts and Activities
From Fussy Fussypants: Kid Clutter Control Thrifty Style at Mrs. Fussypants’ Guide to Life, offering a very clever and attractive storage solution.
From Karen Dowell: Are the kids driving you mad over the Christmas break? at Wiggly Wigglers, explaining how to keep them busy making bird cake.
From HowToMe: How to Have a “High-Tech” Food Fight at HowToMe. Learn how to construct marshmallow blasters and have an exciting food fight in the living room. One family found it a funny way to unwind, laugh at their mistakes, and even eat a few marshmallows!
Parenting Tips and Advice
From Lin Burress: Technology and Children – A Wake Up Call For Parents at Telling It Like It Is. Every parent should read — and heed — Lin’s advice.
From Cathy, aka Chief Family Officer: What do you do with old toys? at CFO: Chief Family Officer, a collection of suggested way to dispose of toys your children have outgrown or tired of playing with.
From Lori Prokop: Do Your Children Have Negative Self-talk? at Paula Fellingham – Stay at Home Moms. How should a parent help a child who engages in negative self-talk? Read this expert’s recommendation.
From Veteran Military Wife: Why We Don’t Follow Through Disciplining Our Kids and What We Can Do About It at Life Lessons of a Military Wife. She offers advice on setting appropriate examples and boundaries for children.
Well, the party’s over . . . for this year, anyway! Thanks for joining in the fun!