Almost as soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers were put away when I was a kid, you could find me riding in the back of my parent’s car while we sought out holiday lights. These days, you’ll see me in my mommyvan with husband and kids in tow making several treks to look at lights, only we add the extra touch of snacks and hot chocolate. I also love to make fudge and sugar cookies with my kids to give as gifts like my mom did with me. Check out these traditions, designed to make the holidays fun for everyone!
I love camping and I’d camp all year long if I could get past the idea of camping in the snow! Once the first snowfall comes, I need a certain number of amenities before I’ll spend a night in the wilderness. Add children to the adventure, and most of us are not going to jump at the thought of pitching a tent in a snowdrift. Fortunately for us (hardy Canadian families wanting to get into the great outdoors year round) Hostelling International (HI) has the perfect solution with private rooms and cabins at several of their wilderness hostels. Here are our family’s favorite hostels to bunk down at in the winter.
Feeling haunted by the sugar surges of Halloweens past? Why not gather up your little brood of goblins for a sweet movie marathon sure to get you in the hallowed mood – no candy required. These not-too-spooky flicks are a festive way to build up to a big night of “Trick or Treat!” without terrifying anyone in the family. The films range in appropriateness from toddler to teen, with age recommendations that should satisfy even the most cinema-selective parents. So, what are you waiting for? Whip up a big bowl of your favorite popcorn, grab some 100 per cent fruit juice and cuddle up close on the couch for a night of lightweight Halloween chills.
There’s nothing like climbing a mountain to teach a child perseverance, build self-confidence and drive home the message that, “Yes, I can!” After all, think of the beloved children’s classic with the little engine that pulls the train over the mountain for her first time ever to the mantra of “I think I can, I think I can…” Well, you can climb a mountain too! And so can your children!
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