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December 2018

There is so much to do this time of year. December is filled with holidays and holiday fun from beginning to end. Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, December 2, so get out the menorahs and light the candles, spin the dreidle, nosh on latkes and enjoy eight crazy nights of fun. Tree lightings, carols and holiday shows fill the month with family activities. Christmas follows with its pageantry and festivities. For those who recognize Kwanzaa, it begins on Wednesday, December 26.

With holiday help and winter fun, you will be delighted with December. The month ends with New Year’s Eve, get out the confetti and streamers, it’s time to ring in 2019! What a year it has been. Tis the season to shop, go shopping and do more shopping. Children are putting together their lists for Santa and checking them once, twice and three times. Here we can help out with our Annual Holiday Gift Guide! Check out the best that The Toy Insider has to offer for Christmas 2018. With top trends, tech toys and STEM ideas, there is a present waiting for every good little boy and girl — maybe even some naughty ones, too! After all, we’ve all caught the holiday spirit.

December offers lots of Winter Fun for you and your family. Go skiing, take in a local ice hockey or basketball game, milk cows at a farm, see a holiday show; that’s just for starters. There is an expanded family fun calendar this month full of great ideas you simply need to put into action. Take a break from the holiday stress and enjoy time with your kids while on holiday break. You’ll come back ready to tackle the holidays with renewed enthusiasm. And you might even find just the right backdrop for this year’s holiday picture. One mom shares ways to catch her family striking the perfect pose.

You can change things up and take your family’s Christmas celebration on the road. Use the school vacation week to visit some out-of-the-way places and sights off the beaten path. Skip the car, and airport security, and hop aboard a train to find some exciting destinations. If you are staying around for the holidays, chances are you’ll be entertaining. Try some tasty treats that will have your guests asking for more (and the recipes). Another thought for outside-the-box gift giving is opening up a 529 College Savings Plan for your child. It’s easier than you think to start saving for college, and everyone can contribute to help boost an investment in your child’s future.

Children of all ages are bombarded with images on TV and social media that can really harm their self-esteem. Helping them build a better image of themselves begins early. The Simsbury Public Library gives you a hand with that challenge by sharing some stories that will spread joy, inspiration and hope to everyone all year long. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa, from our family to yours we wish you all a healthy, and happy, New Year.


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