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The 12 Days of Healthy, Happy Holidays!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… as the song goes. For already busy parents the hustle and bustle of the season adds another layer of things to get done. If we’re not mindful about focusing on what really matters, the to-do lists, money worries, and hectic schedules can lead us to a Blue Christmas. This year, do what you can to keep things simple so you have the time and energy to enJOY your young family. This month’s ebulletin is packed with ideas to have fun together, whether you’re indoors or out in our Winter Wonderland.
The Healthy, Happy Kids Ebulletin editors wish you and your family A Holly Jolly Christmas (or Kwanzaa or whatever holiday is special to you).
OATMEAL SCOTCHIES GIFT JARS
1 quart (4 cup) canning jar with lid
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup white sugar
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
2 cups rolled oats
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1. In a large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda.
2. Pour into the jar and tamp down using a flat-bottomed object like a meat tenderizer.
3. Layer brown sugar on top of flour mixture, then white sugar, oats and butterscotch
4. Put the lid on the jar, decorate and add a tag with baking instructions.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Empty jar into a bowl and mix well.
- Beat in 3/4 cup soft butter or margarine, 1 egg and 1 tsp. of vanilla.
- Form 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake until edges are lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes.
- Let stand on cookies sheet for a few minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool
- Makes 3 dozen cookies.
[Click here to download pre-made instruction tags]
- On the first day of the holiday break, my family and me… went outside to play in the snow. Go tobogganing or snowshoeing. Try cross-country or downhill skiing. Make a snow fort. Don't let the fresh, crisp air keep you inside.
- On the second day of the holiday break, my family and me….stirred up some yum in the kitchen. This is a great time to pass on favourite family recipes and connect while you bake cookies, make bread or stir up a delicious pot of soup together.
- On the third day of the holiday break, my family and me… built an obstacle course in our house. Create a tunnel out of cushions. Make a tightrope walk. If you've got a mini-trampoline, set that up too.
- On the fourth day of the holiday break, my family and me… went skating at a local ice rink. Some rinks have cheap rentals if you don’t have your own skates. Make sure to wear your helmets (adults too).
- On the fifth day of the holiday break, my family and me…. decided to go to bed early. Holiday busy-ness can really throw routines off-kilter. Get a good night's sleep as often as you can. You'll all enjoy more energy the next day and be better able to handle any stress that comes your way.
- On the sixth day of the holiday break, my family and me… danced in the living room. Turn up the volume and groove to the beat.
- On the seventh day of the holiday break, my family and me…. got creative with food. Make healthy eating fun over the holidays by designing veggie platters shaped into trees, snowmen or wreaths. You can make all kinds of creations using festive coloured veggies like red peppers and tomatoes, green broccoli, cucumbers, peppers and snowpeas, and white cauliflower. Be inspired - search "vegetable trees" on Pinterest on Google Images.
- On the eighth day of the holiday break, my family and me… went swimming at the pool. Many pools have water slides and shallow areas for younger children learning to swim... plus hot tubs!
- On the ninth day of the holiday break, my family and me…. gave an unexpected gift. It doesn’t have to be fancy – wrap up some homemade muffins, shovel a driveway, visit a friend or relative you haven’t seen in a while. Doing simple, but meaningful things to brighten someone’s day always feels good!
- On the tenth day of the holiday break, my family and me… played hopscotch in our kitchen. Use masking tape to create a range of hopscotch grids. Alternate the legs you hop on.
- On the eleventh day of the holiday break, my family and me… played “Simon/Simona” says”. Use basic moves like jumping jacks for an active and bouncy game.
- On the twelfth day of the holiday break, my family and me… played table tennis for the first time. Ping pong is family friendly and helps develop hand-eye coordination. If you don’t have an official table, you can use a kitchen or coffee table.
Check out these local events for families:
- Thunder Bay Police Association Parade of Lights on December 7
- Breakfast with Santa at Wiggles and Giggles on December 7
- Santa Shuffle Fun Run and Elf Walk on December 7
- Dutch Canadian Sinterklaas Celebration on December 7
- Skate with Santa at Prince Arthur's Landing on December 7 from 6-8 pm
- Shaw Rockin Santa Skate for PRO Kids on December 13 at Fort William Gardens
- Community Christmas Party in Manitouwadge on December 14
- Kids Christmas Party in Terrace Bay on December 22
- Lappe Boxing Day Classic ski event on December 26
- New Year's Eve Family Frolic at Fort William Historical Park on December 31
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Last Updated: 12/6/2013