Teach children about the holiday spirit
Monday, 19 December 2011 22:05
Written by Admin
"What would you like for Christmas?” This question, whether it comes from Grandma or the jolly man in red, seems easy enough. But as the options multiply and the shopping frenzy escalates, the answer becomes more and more complicated… and expensive! It is important to help children put the holiday season into perspective.
Parents should take a look at how they are spending their money and time this holiday season. If their list is more about expensive gifts, party clothes and concerts, think about deliberately cutting something back.
Make time for the pleasures of family this Christmas: skating on an outdoor rink, baking and decorating Christmas cookies, driving around town to look at Christmas decorations and lights, or, calling a snow day and staying home for a movie marathon. This creates traditions that children will remember.
Great holiday ideas are habit-forming. So why just save them for the holidays? Going easy on the expenses, investing in fun family time, and remembering people who are less fortunate are lifestyle choices.
Gift giving made easy
You have your list and have checked it twice, but still not sure what to buy for some people in the office, your awkward nephew, assistant or your golf buddy? Here are a few top suggestions to help finish that list.
1. Toad Hall Toys – Winnipeg’s version of toyland, this jolly store can satisfy any gift needed from toddler to teenager. With unique, old- fashioned and even educational toys, shelves of great books, and fun magic tricks, Toad Hall is a sure winner for kids and kids at heart. 54 Arthur St., 956-2195.
2. Jets Gear – from a jersey or t-shirt to mini stick or flag, Jets gear is a sure hit for any sports fan on your list. Available from various sports stores around Winnipeg.
3. Shelmerdine’s – so much more than a garden centre, to spruce up your gift options with everything from fashion to indoor and outdoor plants, home décor and jewellry, Shelmerdine’s fits any lifestyle and any budget. 7800 Roblin Blvd., 895-7203
4. Mountain Equipment Co-op – for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and interests, this eco-friendly two-storey shop offers top quality winter wear and sports gear to warm up the season. 303 Portage Ave., 943-4202.
5. D.A. Niels – for those who love to cook (or eat) D.A. Niels offers high-end cookware, culinary accessories and kitchen items galore, for everyone from restaurateurs to amateur chefs… and every foodie on your holiday list. 485 Berry St., 953-2345