Christmas break! Remember how much fun it was as a kid? Now, as a parent, you have a bit of a different opinion. Sure it's nice to have some extra 'family time' but then it turns ugly when the kids get bored and you're running out of ideas of things to do. All of a sudden you're not sleeping well, you can't escape the kids, you're not showering as much, the house is a mess and your appearance looks like you just walked off the set of THE WALKING DEAD.
I went into Christmas morning excited for the first cup of coffee, excited to walk the dogs, excited to see my wife open her gifts. I was pretty proud of how creative I was and I was excited to see her surprise. Little did I know, I would be the one surprised and then overwhelmed with emotion.
Do you slave in the kitchen for hours and hours preparing Christmas dinner? Not here in Kansas. We are ranked #1 in the U.S. for the fastest holiday meal preparation, according to the Del Monte Holiday Meal Census.
When I first heard of "smart pajamas" I was kind of like, that sounds stupid. But I have been educated. Smart Pajamas are really cool. The world's first and only interactive pajamas for kids use a series of dots that your smart phone or tablet can translate into a fun bedtime story.
This is the classic. I’ve seen variations adding a variety of flavorings or a little sugar to the whipped cream and fresh fruit or candies as a topping. So get creative. In the refrigerator overnight, the wafers, moistened by the whipped cream, become cakey in consistency.
It's time to simplify Christmas! There is a book called "Christmas Is Not Your Birthday." The message of the book is to do Christmas the way Jesus would want you to. Author Pastor Mike Slaughter writes about his book, "Every year, you say you’re going to cut back, simplify, and have a family Christmas that focuses on the real reason for the season—Jesus. But every year, the store flyers, the children pleading for toys, the overspending, overeating, and materialism rob you of the peace and joy of the season and rob Jesus of his rightful role as the center of your celebration."
If you need assistance this holiday season - help is available but you need to make sure to apply for assistance soon. Every year I get calls the week of Christmas from people who need help and at that point it's too late to get help. It takes a while to gather all of the donations and distribute them so you need to make sure don't wait.