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Monday, January 2, 2012

Holidays: The Aftermath

After the last present has been opened, and the wrapping paper and bows have been gathered and put away, the realization sets in that the Christmas buildup and excitement are over. But this doesn’t mean the spirit of Christmas has to end. There are plenty of memories left to be made and fun to be had. It just takes a little imagination and a sense of adventure. Who says you can’t add some new family traditions? After all, just because fruitcake is the dessert of the season doesn’t mean you have to eat it!

Christmas Day is a huge day in the entertainment industry for big blockbuster releases. And what better way to relax than with a small popcorn, Diet Coke, and theater seating? Options range from family-appropriate features to catching that new action or romantic comedy on a much-needed date night while the grandparents watch the kiddos. Or stay at home, and save all that money by watching a movie and snacking on leftover pies and cookies. Many of the big blockbusters from the summer are available just in time for gift giving.

If watching a movie is just too quiet and antisocial for your family, why not open up one of those board games to get the excitement going? Jenga, Scrabble, Pictionary, and Trivial Pursuit are a few of our family favorites. Or if you want to sweat off a few of those cookie calories, try out Dance Party on the Xbox.

Never underestimate the value of a nice walk with the family or the family dog. Hey, Rover could use a break from the holiday chaos like the rest of us! Getting some fresh air and exercise helps to settle the nerves, invigorate the spirit, and put all this giving and receiving into perspective. Making room for more sugar cookies is always a good thing too!

Or use the Christmas season as a teachable moment. Show your children the true meaning of the season by volunteering as a family at a local charity. Another way to give (this is especially great for younger children) is to clean out the toy box before taking out any new gifts. Have them help decide which items they want to donate to a needy child. The side benefit is a tidier house!

Whatever you decide to do to keep up the Christmas cheer, try to do it as a family, and make it your own. And don’t feel let down that all the excitement has come to a culmination. Super Bowl parties and Valentine's Day are just around the corner to provide an opportunity for camaraderie and another excuse to sample some chocolate.

Post submitted by Amy from The Mommies Network's Content Team

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