Weekend Links

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Make plans for family this weekend!  Connect with the loved ones you are sharing a hallway with, reach out to those across the miles or recharge your soul with a weekend of silence (or good friends).


Excited doesn’t begin to describe how I feel about Christmas vacation.  Having both my husband and my kids home with me everyday for the next two weeks sounds like bliss!  And then throw in a Winter Solstice party!  Yippee!


Here are my interesting reads, creative ideas, and fun activities from across web!




♦  Play a family game!  My personal favorites are Hisss, Zingo, and Aggravation.


♦   Play a round or two of Christmas themed Charades.  I found this printable at Childhood101.


♦   Take a walk and go on a Christmas light scavenger hunt.  Count how many Stars, Frosty the Snowmen, Snowflakes, Nativity scenes, or Inflatable Santa’s that you find.


♦  Test your Christmas trivia knowledge with these Family Friendly trivia questions.


♦  Break out the Christmas movies.  Here are a few of the ones we will be watching this season:  Home Alone,  Rudolph, It’s a Wonderful Life, and a Charlie Brown Christmas.


♦  In case you missed it, I posted this article, 46 Ways to Give Experiences Instead of Stuff this Year on my Facebook Page and found it to be a wonderful reminder of how to incorporate giving experiences into gift giving this year.   Thank you Wellness Mama!


♦  Read an interesting post on reclaiming your Christmas Childhood Wonder over at The Huffington Post.


♦  Create a family photo calendar.  Earlier this week I posted how I have been creating the family calendar for years.  Read the post here and get to creating your own Calendar with Cardstore.com or Shutterfly.com.


♦  Still finishing your holiday shopping?  Sign up for Ebates to earn cash back on purchases you were already making online.  I love seeing my cash back bonus grow!


♦  Just in case I have to answer the tough question about Santa this break, I will be prepared with this wonderful response that I found at PopSugar.


♦  Participate in a Holiday Run!  My 7-year old daughter and I participated in the Seattle Jingle Bell 5K run last weekend.  We had SO much fun!  I’m going to run with her while I can…I predict it will only be another year before she will be out-running me!

Jingle Bell Run
Our festive running clothes!