Family Traditions: Tips to Creating Your Own Special Holiday Memories

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

With cookie baking, present shopping, wrapping and party planning, it’s easy to get lost amid the holiday frenzy. If stressed, the feeling of anxiety can stay with you long after you’ve put the tree away. If you’re looking for a more loving and caring approach to the season, the following are family traditions to help you create your own special holiday memories.

Write a Letter to Santa

You may celebrate birthdays with presents and a special meal. But if you’re looking to incorporate more traditions into your family at the holidays, there are number of ways to deliver. Santa may be attainable via email, but spend time together crafting an actual letter to the special man in the red suit. Go to the craft store and pick themed stationary to write the actual letter. You can also decorate the piece of paper and envelope with stickers and drawings. Help your child explain their good behavior and convey their wish list. When done, seal up the document and post in the mail together. Remember, this is the busiest time of year for Santa, so you want to get your letter done early in the season.

Give Back

You can make other people’s Christmas merrier by giving back this holiday season. The US Coachways and 106.7 Lite FM are joining forces on December 19th to wrap gifts for children. You can bring joy to a child’s life by supporting the event for children at the Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital by helping to deliver over 2,000 gifts on Christmas morning. You can make this a memorable tradition by inviting friends, family and co-workers. Scheduling a US Coachways or holiday event is fast and easy when you secure safe transportation for everyone. A mini bus gets everyone there safely and leaves the driving in the hands of the professionals. This allows you to focus on building special memories for children hospitalized during the holidays.

Start a Secret Santa for Others

If your gift list is bulging at the seams, ask your family members if they would like to start a new tradition. Instead of picking names to see who is purchasing for whom, buy a gift for a charity. Do some research ahead of time to find an organization that is legitimate and holds special meaning. Ask the organizer for suggestions on what items may be needed most such as food, clothing, toiletries and pet essentials.

Count Down the Days

The days leading up to Christmas can be exciting, especially for children. To help you count down the days, pick a calendar that your child can cross off the numbers. You may also craft your own holiday calendar or bulletin board using magnets. Your local retailer may also have a countdown calendar where your child can open the doors to each day and receive a special treat for their efforts.

Pick a Holiday Tree

Another great tradition to start as a family is to pick a perfect holiday tree together. If you favor the real variety, bundle up and head to a tree farm. The facility may even offer more than just a tree selection. You may also enjoy sleigh rides, hot chocolate and other family activities. If you prefer the fake variety of tree, head to your retail store and pick out a tree and decorations. Have each family member choose a special ornament each year to adorn the tree.

Drive Around to See the Holiday Lights

When you begin to notice your neighborhood glow brilliantly this holiday season, pack the family in the car for a ride. Choose a route where you can enjoy house after house of lighted displays. When you’re done with your own community, travel to other neighborhoods to see their offerings. Pack hot cider or chocolate in your child’s sippy cups for a festive flair.

Bake Holiday Cookies

Break out your favorite family cookie recipes and bake treats with your children. Although you don’t want your kids putting trays into the oven, they can mix, measure and decorate the finished products. You can even plan a cookie baking party around your baking. Invite friends and family over and ask them to bring their favorite cookie dough. If you’re short on time, the stores have ready-made cookie dough that you can roll, bake, frost and decorate.

Whatever traditions you decide upon, remember that it’s all about family. When you set your mind to having a stress-free and fun holiday, your children are sure to cherish the memories you’ve made together more than the presents you’ve wrapped and placed under the tree.




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Mom's Night Out - Experiencing Your First

Wednesday, June 21, 2017



If you want to get out for a night on the town, consider a Broadway show. You work hard, whether you're accomplishing tasks at work, taking the kids to soccer practice, or checking homework assignments. Clearly, you deserve a break. To prepare you for your first night on Broadway, follow these essential tips.

Dress for Comfort and Style


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If you're heading to Broadway, pick out your Sunday best. You don't need to wear a formal ball gown, but fancy attire will make the entire experience more enjoyable. Bring a small purse or clutch so you don't have to keep track of a big bag in a narrow seat, and bring a sweater or shawl in case the theater gets chilly.

While you want to dress well — experts recommend something between cocktail and formal wear on weekend nights — try to select comfortable fabrics and sensible shoes. You might have to walk a few blocks to get to the theater, and you don't want to spend the entire show thinking about your sore feet. Plus, watching the performance in comfort will allow you to pay more attention to the drama on stage than your attire.

Immerse Yourself in the Experience

Think of a night on Broadway as an opportunity to sit back, relax, and allow the performers to whisk you away with the storyline. In most cases, you don't want to eat or drink until intermission because the noise might disturb you, other patrons, or the performers. Additionally, make sure you use the restroom before the show so you don't have to get up before intermission.
Turn off your smartphone, avoid talking to your neighbor, and sit back in your seat so you don't block the view of the person behind you.

Research Great Shows Before You Book Tickets

Don't head off to Broadway without first learning about some of the hottest new shows to hit the Great White Way. Schedules change all the time, and new shows debut every season, so don't miss something that you'd really enjoy in favor of the first title you picked out of the Sunday paper.
Read reviews, ask friends and family members for recommendations, and check out ticket prices before you book. Always buy your tickets online to avoid a sold-out show and to get the best deals.

Hit the Stage Door

Leave time after the show to visit the stage door. You might get to enjoy a meet-and-greet with the actors from the performance, which could include autographs, selfies, and other exciting events. You're most likely to meet the performers if you attend the last show of the evening. If the stage door doesn't get too crowded, consider asking for a photo, and don't forget to thank the performer for your enjoyable evening.
From getting dressed the night of the event to meeting the cast after the show, you're destined for a night to remember. Treat yourself to a night on Broadway to reward yourself for all the motherly tasks you conquer every day.

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