Christmas what a wonderful time of year! The hustle and bustle party eating shopping time of year. Christmas Cookies paired with wine and wine paired with shopping. Each year goes out in grand style Thanks Giving the start and New Years the finish line!
Life is too short not to figure out how to LOVE this time of year! It does not mean you have to do it the hustle and bustle party eating shopping way? Find little things you can do that you can only do Thanks Giving to New Years. Really look at Christmas lights on homes. Take time to taste not just eat the cookies and wine being served. Use the time to spark romance back into your life. Do something for someone that has very little.
Take the extra time to talk to your family. Here is the first of several dinner/water cooler/shopping conversation starters.
Conversation topic of the week for kids: What is your favorite things about Christmas? Why? What do you think your favorite thing will be when you are a Mom or Dad?
Conversation topic of the week for Adults: What is something you can do to slow down and enjoy the Holiday’s? What is your favorite thing about Christmas?
Conversation Topic of the week for Teens: What is something your family has been doing during the Holidays since you were born? What is something you could do with your best friends at Christmas to make it extra special?
If you are not a eating at the dinner table type of a family than use car time to talk. Talk talk and talk some more! Talking actually creating conversation at the dinner table is becoming a thing of the past. Talking with you children each time you sit down for dinner teaches them that talking to Mom or Dad is easy and fun. This dinner talk with children will grow and you will teach them how to communicate or confide in adults so when they have a question or problem they naturally can talk about it. For adults it makes life more interesting, it builds a relationship and it’s fun. Sitting down, as a family, to have dinner together is a thing of the past.
In fact, according to a survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the number of U.S. families who do eat dinner together is actually on the rise. Families who eat together have better overall nutrition. The kids get better grades in school and are less likely to take drugs, smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol than those from families who rarely eat dinner together. But perhaps the biggest benefit of eating family dinners is that parents are fully engaged with their kids. Not sure how to get your kids to open up? Use Eat Create Design’s daily dinner topic to get things started.
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