Iâ€™ve been noticing how children make holidays come to life. They love to prepare for something special, to create a celebration. When it comes to holidays, my children do bring out the best in me. I enjoy reaching back into my memory for stories and traditions to share, and designing the rituals that will become our own familyâ€™s traditions.
Check the weather and sign up school closing notifications, inventory what you already own then fill up the car with gas and make a trip to the library and grocery store to stock up on family essentials. Be prepared to spend some time indoors and outdoors the next few daysâ€”playing and digging out. During storms, when travel is tough, we often depend more on our neighbors. Pitch in when possible: Shovel out elderly/new parents, share food, and set up kid swaps.
Letâ€™s make a kit
ddn101412lifebooknookThis short film of a walnut-eating snake* is what inspired me to Tiger-Mom my children into claymation supremacy. So far that effort hasn’t really blossomed, but once I got my hands on a copy of the filmmakers’ recommended text UNBORED: the Essential Guide to Serious Fun, upper-echelon claymation became a less urgent calling. This book opened my eyes to a parallel universe filled with people doing all kinds of tantalizing, crazy, and fun stuff I’d never considered.