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HUMOR YOURSELF!

A MOM’S LETTER TO SANTA

FIND THE PERFECT PRESCHOOL

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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KEEPING TRADITIONS ALIVE WITH RECIPES

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE INSIDE THIS ISSUE!


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A CHRISTMAS CLASSIC AND A SONG OF TRUE LOVE!

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ell, thank you to the many that requested a re-post of the 12days of Christmas! Enjoy the season of Christmas right into the new year! Most are familiar with the Christmas song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” with its delightful, somewhat silly rhyme set of music. But it had quite a serious purpose when it was written. An underground catechism of sorts, when practicing the Christian faith in England was not allowed. Children learned about God and the teachings of their faith through this song.

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME, A partridge in a pear tree (Jesus our true love; and as the partridge bird will REMEMBER THIS sacrifice its life to protect its young, Jesus did so for us) DECEMBER, THAT Continue with - On the __ day of Christmas….. for each day. LOVE WEIGHS 2ND Two turtle doves (were the Old and New Testaments) MORE THAN GOLD! 3RD Three French hens (stood for faith, hope, and love) — JOSEPHINE DODGE DASKAM BACON 4TH Four calling birds (were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) 5TH Five golden rings (represented the first five books of the Old Testament) 6TH Six geese a-laying (stood for the six days of creation) 7TH Seven swans- a-swimming (represented gifts of the Holy Spirit- wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord (wonder) 8TH Eight maids a-milking (were the eight beatitudes) 9TH Nine ladies dancing (were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) 10TH Ten lords a-leaping (were the Ten Commandments) 11TH Eleven pipers piping (stood for the eleven faithful Apostles) 12TH Twelve drummers drumming (symbolized the twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed) ORIGINAL SOURCE: FR. CALVIN GOODWIN, FSSP, NEBRASKA

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The youngest of three, Sammy is adored by her big brothers Tyler (5) and Ashton (3). She’s known for her pigtails and bows. She loves dressing up, twirling, play shopping and having her picture taken. And if she had her way, she’d eat just cheese three meals a day.

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YOU SHOULD KNOW Holidays have you stressed? Take a breath! A good deep breath. From your abdomen, not your chest. Chest breathing causes reduced oxygen delivery which increases feelings of anxiety. Deep breathing, on the other hand increases oxygen delivery throughout your body and activates your sympathetic nervous system’s relaxation response. It essentially quiets your mind and body while it increases your energy level. More energy and less stress - that’s what we want for Christmas!

Facebook Depression If you (or your children) ever feel depressed after viewing social media sites, remember this. Most people only post about positive experiences. You rarely see posts about sad or mundane times in a person’s life. Thus, what you see is only a small part of a much bigger story. So, stop comparing yourself to others on the screen. It’s not good; it’s not accurate; and it’s not worth it. You should feel good after perusing Facebook. If you don’t, then don’t do it.

Santa’s in town, ready or not You may really want that picture for the baby book, but if your kid is not ready, don’t force him to sit on Santa’s lap. Stranger anxiety is a thing and can affect kids as young as 8 months to up to six years. You can try to prepare an anxious child by having him create a wish list to share with the big guy or by watching from a distance beforehand to see how Santa interacts with the other kids. If your child gets excited about visiting with Santa, go for it, but if there is any sign of distress (especially tears), it’s better to wait another year.

Experiences over Things Can money buy happiness? Sure, but you’ll get more for your money if you purchase an experience over an item. Research shows that over time, satisfaction with material things goes down, whereas satisfaction with experiences (good or bad) goes up. Plus, shared experiences connect us more to other people than shared consumption (i.e. going on vacation together rather than

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Acknowledge the Grief

buying a TV together). So what

If someone you care about has lost a loved one this year, know that the holidays can be hard. The worst thing you can do though is ignore it in an effort to spare them pain. That can actually make them feel more alone. Instead, offer an ear if they want to talk, distractions if they want to be distracted, or simply a hug. You don’t have to know exactly what to say, just say something. “How are you holding up?” is a good place to start.

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QUESTIONS

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PATRICIA, MOM OF 1 Q. Getting ready for the holidays is always so special to me because I look forward to some of the traditions my family has had for many, many years. My daughter, 11 years, is not so keen on this and does not really get the significance of it all. How can I explain this better for her to want to have traditions?

CYNTHIA, MOM OF 2-YEAR OLD Q. I have a 2 year old and I’m interested in a Montessori School. Is this too early to start school, maybe half-days?

A. Traditions can range from important to fun.

a sense of accomplishment. The Montessori-in-

Getting married in a Church may be a tradition for some, and baking an old family recipe can be another. Having traditions gives you something to look forward to, like a family reunion every 5 years, or making tamales from scratch every Christmas with all the ladies in the family. Maybe you can try to come up with a new tradition with your daughter. Something that is important to her. Maybe mani-pedi’s together as a celebration of a good report card! That could be a good start.

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A. It’s best to know what a Montessori school can do for your child. The primary goal is the philosophy of “Help me to do it myself”. Encouraging children to learn by doing will give them spired activities promote self-sufficiency and appeal to the senses. Many activities are a step towards preparing the finger muscles for holding a pencil for writing. Our 2-year olds can be much more capable than we realize. So to answer your question, bringing your 2-year old into a nurturing school setting would give her/him a great advantage to learning. KIM WILSON, Director Camden Hill Montessori

PATRICK, CONCERNED DAD Q. My daughter has IBS symptoms occasionally and said that peppermint may help relieve discomfort. What does a professional think about this.

A. Peppermint oil has been shown to relax gastrointestinal smooth muscle, which can help with IBS symptoms. Your daughter may want to consider peppermint oil capsules over peppermint candy. She should also include dietary modifications such as a high fiber diet for control of IBS symptoms. As always see your doctor if symptoms worsen and you begin to have increased pain or swelling in the abdomen as these can be signs of more serious problems. Note: People with upper GI problems or GERD should not use peppermint for relief. Try ginger for relief of those symptoms. DR. FARBOD MASROUR, Gastroenterologist Dallas Medical Center

Q. I am a freshman in college and my mom has been a fan of your magazine for years. She suggested I write to ask you about how to start meaningful conversations with my relatives over the holidays. I want to be able to really get to know them on a more mature level. Can you give me suggestions? — ANNA CLAIRE, STUDENT IN COLLEGE

A. A great conversation is always remembered! I would suggest starting with questions that you can learn from and are fun for them to answer, and could start some great dialogue on their life as a young adult. Try: “When you were in college what kinds of jobs did you have?” “Is there anything you wish you had done differently in your college years?” “Is there something you did in your college that you would recommend?” “Based on what you know now, would you have chosen a different major?” Respond with interest -“Tell me more about that.” Asking Why and How lets them know you are truly interested. Make sure to really listen! EMAIL QUESTIONS: editor@suburbanparent.com 8

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THE TWELFTH DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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the partially lit string over the headboard in

love the holidays!” my 11-year-old daughter,

the master bedroom to surprise Mattie.

Jessie, exclaimed twelve days before

Jessie, liking the look, wanted one for her

Christmas last year. If we were playing

headboard, too.

a game that asked for a word to

I carried in the Christmas

complete the sentence − “I _____ the

stockings, the wooden Nutcrackers,

holidays.” − love wouldn’t be my verb.

some holiday stuffed animals, red

Let’s face it – life gets busy. Demands fill our days with stress and

ribbons, and Christmas wreaths.

anxiety. Who has extra time to shop,

Jessie played the radio as we

decorate, and navigate across airport

decorated, but I didn’t enjoy her song

terminals or interstates?

selections and asked her to put on Christmas music. Was I getting into the

On this Sunday afternoon, Jessie

Christmas spirit?

suggested that we decorate before

Jessie made a video and posted

her mom, Mattie, returned from a

it on Instagram. She played the role of

nine-day business trip. After eight and a half days of holding down the fort, the last

Clara and danced across the room with

thing I wanted to do was to pull out boxes of

the nutcracker. Jessie repeated, “I love the holidays.” I smiled and noticed that my frustration and

lights, ribbons, and bows. “Jessie, it’s not worth

stress had turned to joy.

decorating since we’re leaving in a few days and Christmas will be over by the time we get home.” Actions speak louder than

placed stuffed animals all over the house. Finally, I retrieved a string of lights for

knew it, the decoration process had begun.

her headboard. I started at the electrical outlet and strung them over her cabinet

I carried the heavy box containing the nativity set into the living room. Mattie

and around her night stand, then over her headboard. Jessie noted that if she

took ten years to find the perfect one, so Jessie always hears the “be careful

had another string, she could go further. She went to the garage and brought

with each piece” speech. Instead of stressing as she handled each fragile item,

back two more sets of lights. I said, “Hey, we might have enough to go around

I opted to take a nap and let Jessie run with it. She, like her mother, prefers to

your entire room.” She acknowledged that as her plan.

be in charge. I awoke to a scene with the camel figurine next to Baby Jesus and

The strings of lights taped to the four walls put out lots of light. “Jessie,

Mary off to the side petting the sheep. As Jessie showed off her handiwork,

I think it’s going to be too bright for you to sleep.” She shook her head in

she pulled Baby Jesus from the manger and said, “Look, Baby Jesus fits in the

disagreement.

camel seat!” Concerned that it might fall out of the chair and break, I quickly responded, “No, it’s best to keep Jesus in the manger.” I had hoped to get away with the nativity set as our only decoration, but Jessie wanted to decorate the entire house. As I headed to the garage and pulled items from boxes, my decorating supervisor followed close behind. I handed Jessie a string of tree lights to hang around the fireplace and

During the decorating, Jessie thanked me four or five times. As I stacked the empty boxes against the wall in the garage, Jessie walked out and wrapped her arms around me. “Thank you for decorating for Christmas, Daddy.” I’ll never forget that hug. When Mattie returned home that evening, Jessie quickly showed her our afternoon’s work. After bedtime prayers, Mattie, Jessie, and the dog rested

nativity set. She went right to work as I searched through other boxes. A few of

under the covers in Jessie’s bed, enjoying the colorful lights. Christmas came 12

the bulbs were burnt out so she twisted – instead of pulled – one of the burnt

days early … and I loved it.

out bulbs. This resulted in 10 bulbs in succession not lighting. I decided to hang

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Jessie taped two candy canes together to form a heart. She strategically

words and my daughter is good at using both to accomplish her goals. Before I

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Until next month, remember to cherish the moments. Happy Holidays! SP

Patrick Hempfing had a 20-year professional career in banking, accounting, and auditing before he became a father at age 44. He is now a full-time husband, stay-at-home dad, and writer. If you enjoyed this column, you’ll like Patrick’s first book, MoMENts: A Dad Holds On.. The book compiles favorite stories and new material and is available for sale on Amazon.com.

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BY C H R I S TA M E L N Y K H I N E S

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Find the High Quality Preschool eeking an early education program for your child? Invest some time in your search and know what questions to ask to ensure a positive preschool experience for your child. The first five years of life are the absolute most essential for a child’s development, and trying to choose (a program) by reading a handbook and then going and visiting for an hour and making that choice is not a good idea. It’s one of the most critical decisions that you are going to make for your child.

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LONG-TERM BENEFITS Quality early education prepares children to transition successfully into elementary school, with studies indicating that children are less likely to repeat grades or require special education. Early education can also nurture skills like self-esteem and self-confidence, which are necessary

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to succeed in the transition from preschool to kindergarten--more so than knowing letters and numbers. Other areas early childhood education support is teaching socialization skills, emotional maturity and improved sensory motor skills.

BEGINNING THE SEARCH While referrals from other parents are a good starting point, personal observations are vital. Seek a program that fits your child’s personality and disposition and decide what you would like her to experience during her time away from home. Make appointments to observe and interview licensed programs that interest you. Consider the following factors:

ENVIRONMENT Attractive decor is nice, but notice what activities the children engage in and if the environment feels safe,

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secure and healthy. Look for any common safety hazards and observe sanitary measures, diaper changing procedure, foul smells and cleanliness. Throughout the center, you should hear children talking and see them playing in different areas of the classroom. A quality preschool program understands that play is essential to a child’s life, to their experiences, to their positive growth and development. They not only accommodate play, they encourage it, and they plan for it. Young children don’t learn best through the teacher talking to them while they sit quietly in large group. Young children learn through their senses, through exploring, through discovering, through their activities.

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EXPERIENCED TEACHERS Seek experienced, warm-natured teachers trained in early childhood development. Credentialed early education teachers understand how to nurture a child’s social emotional skills. Watch for positive, encouraging interaction between teachers and students. Additionally, observe classroom size and number of students per room.

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Licensed childcare centers must meet the state’s staffto-child ratio requirements. State requirements aside, you know your child best. Beware of programs where you have trouble finding the adult in a roomful of children. Even a highly trained teacher will struggle with providing the daily one-on-one attention and interaction that a young child needs in a crowded classroom.

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COMMUNICATION Consider how the school provides information to you about your child’s day-to-day activities and her progress. While some schools will provide a hand-out of the day’s activities, others take a more high-tech approach. For example, ask if they use a secured platform to communicate with parents. Where parents can log-in through the web or their smartphone to find out what activities are planned for the day, the lunch menu, as well as personalized daily reports and photos and videos of their child.

TRUST YOUR GUT From high-tech to no-frills, quality early education programs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and amenities. While compiling your wish list, decide which items you aren’t willing to compromise on and don’t feel rushed into a decision you aren’t completely comfortable with. By taking your time, asking questions and trusting your instincts about each program you observe, you are sure to find a high quality early education program that is just the right fit for your child. SP Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two boys. Christa’s latest book is Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

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A MOM’S LETTER TO SANTA

| BY PAM MOLNAR

Dear Santa,

I can’t believe another year has gone by. Is it just me or are the years passing fast er? I think I have been a pretty good mom this year. I have driven my kids to every social event, prac tice and friend’s house. My wallet has been an endless foun tain of money for movies, frozen yogurt and senseless mall trips. I have clocked countless hours at socc er fields, basketball courts, softball diamonds and music auditoriums. With a little help from our frie nd, Google, I continue to help with homework in subjects I have long forgotten. Sure, I might have lost it a few times, but I live with teenagers, Santa. The y are God’s version of the Elf on the Shelf - sent dow n to keep us in check, but if left without supervision, they get into mischief.I know you are busy, so I will be brief. To start, I need a few things for the bath room – a sink that repels toothpaste, a spla sh free mirror and a never ending roll of toilet paper. Cha nging the roll is just too complicated for my family. I’d like a copy of “The Busy Mom’s Exercise -Free Wei ght Loss Plan”. I heard it is hard to find, but hey, you are Santa. As a backup, I would be happy with a copy of “The Wine Diet” instead. Unlike other programs, I think I could really stick to this one. Remember those electric bug zappers from years ago? If they make one for dog hair , I will take two! The dogs are older now so I can no longer claim the pile of hair is a litter of newborn puppies. If you have a time machine in storage at the North Pole, I would love the ability to send a letter to my younger self. I could save her hours of unnecessary worry about career choices, raising children and neighborhood drama. I think that is what caused these “blond” highlights I keep find ing in my hair. If it isn’t too much trouble, I would like to hav e a whole week free of arguments about who rides in the front seat, who drank the last Gatorad e and whose turn it is to do the dishes. This is the season of miracles, right? Lastly, I would be thrilled to serve a meal that no one complains about. I’ve given up asking for a meal that everyone eats together before 9:00pm. Our crazy schedule is something even Santa can’t fix. Well Santa, I can hear my daughter beep ing the car horn in the driveway. I have to start round two of my carpool. Trav el safe. I’m sorry if the cookies are gone when you get here. The dogs eat any thing left on the coffee table. Since I made them, it’s probably better that the dogs ate them anyway. Love, Mom P.S. All I really want is to see the magic of Christmas morning in my teenagers’ eyes . Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and

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the mother of three teens. This is the

actual letter she sent to Santa this year.

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DECEMBER 2016 THUR 1 DINOSAURS LIVE! LIFE-SIZE ANIMATRONIC DINOSAURS

9am-5pm. Daily through Feb 19. Encounter a 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails at the 11th annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit. The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney 972-562-5566 www.heardmuseum.org

BILINGUAL/SPANISH STORYTIME 10:30am. 0-6 yrs. Every Thursday. Stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish to get ready to read! White Rock Hills Branch Library, 9150 Ferguson Rd., Dallas www.dallaslibrary.org

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24 hours. Call 214-446-2222 to hear different stories each week! Sponsored by the Community Partners of Dallas and the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, Dallas www.dallaslibrary.org

SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE

10am-9pm. Make the holiday season a memorable one for those in need by giving presents, clothing and necessities through the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Choose an Angel, drop off your gift by December 8, and the Salvation Army will make your delivery in time for Christmas. North Park Center, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas www. northparkcenter.com

12pm-6pm. Daily through Dec 23. Level Two between Macy’s and Dillard’s, Adoption fees are $250 for puppies (under 6 months of age), $125 for adult dogs (6 months to 6 years), $50 for senior dogs (7 years or older) or VIP dogs (those waiting for homes for more than 30 days), $75 for adult cats (6 months to 6 years) and $125 for kittens. The fee includes spay/neuter surgery, all age-appropriate vaccinations, de-worming treatment, a heartworm test for dogs six months and older, initial heart worm preventative for dogs, a feline leukemia and FIV testing for cats four months and older, a microchip and a free leash or cardboard cat carrier. North Park Center, 8687 N Central Expy., Dallas www.northparkcenter.com

STORYTIME WITH SANTA CLAUS 10:30am Mon-Sat. 12pm Sun. through Dec 23. Gather around Santa’s picture-book cottage to hear stories about the North

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Pole. Santa has been telling tales at North Park Center for over 25 years. North Park Center, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas www. northparkcenter.com

at Night exhibit, which is on display every weekend through December 30. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas 214515-6525 www.dallasarboretum.org

VISITS AND PORTRAITS WITH SANTA CLAUS

FARMERS BRANCH TOUR OF LIGHTS

Daily. Capture memories of a lifetime with one-on-one visits and portraits with Santa Claus. Children feel right at home in Santa Claus’ cozy living room with a fireplace, holiday tree and a comfy leather armchair. Take photos with your own camera or purchase professional portraits. North Park Center, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas www. northparkcenter.com

SCROOGE PUPPET THEATRE

Daily through Dec 24. Scrooge Puppet Theatre has been a holiday tradition for four decades. Charles Dickens’ famous character creates a funny scene through the magic of puppetry by Le Theatre de Marionette. Children of all ages giggle with delight as everyone’s favorite despicable holiday character emerges from his cottage at the bottom of every hour. Come back time and again for this improvisational performance, and be sure to catch the final show on Christmas Eve when Scrooge finally is filled with the holiday spirit. North Park Center, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas www.northparkcenter.com

SANTA’S TOY SHOPPE PUPPET THEATRE

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Daily through Dec 24. Santa’s Toy Shoppe Puppet Theatre animates the story of a toymaker and a cast of entertaining characters working to get Santa’s toys completed in time for Christmas Eve delivery. North Park Center, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas www. northparkcenter.com

DAILY BUTTERFLY RELEASE

12pm-12:30pm. Join us daily for a talk and butterfly release as we let newly-emerged butterflies out into the butterfly house conservatory. The number of butterflies to release varies daily, Our insect display is in the lobby; the butterfly house contains tropical butterflies, beneficial insects, and aquatic life. Texas Discovery Gardens - Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas www.texasdiscoverygardens.org

HOLIDAY AT THE ARBORETUM

9am-5pm. Daily through Jan 8. The 12 Days of Christmas features 12 elaborate 25-foottall Victorian gazebos, with charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by The Christmas Carol. New this year, the garden re-opens for evening hours for The 12 Days

6:30pm-9:30pm through Dec 30. An animated light drive through, with over half a million flashing lights. Festive holiday music and the grand finale show that will include Santa Claus himself! The Tour begins at Valley View Lane and Interstate 35, continues south on Denton Drive, and through the Farmers Branch Historical Park. Admission is free, donations accepted. Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch www.farmersbranchtx.gov

FRI 2 TODDLER STORYTIME

10:30am-11:30am. Ages 3-5. Dallas West Branch Library, 2332 Singleton Boulevard, Dallas www.dallaslibrary.org

STAY AND PLAY

11:30am-12:30pm. Ages 3-5. Dallas West Branch Library, 2332 Singleton Boulevard, Dallas www.dallaslibrary.org

MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CHAPEL – THE EXHIBITION

10am-6pm. Daily through Jan 8, 2017. View reproductions of Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel in their original size and displayed on 16-foot panels. $16 Adults, $12 Students, Free for under six. The Women’s Museum at Fair Park, 3800 Parry Ave., Dallas 202-2934505 www.chapelsistine.com

CHRISTMAS MARKET

5-9pm. Stocking stuffers and spirits today in our Family Center (the big white building behind the church). Knock out 90% of your Christmas list in one location! St. Monica Catholic School, 4140 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas 214-351-5688 www.stmonicaschool.org

SAT 3 JINGLE BELL RUN

3pm. Join us for festivities and a 5K Run to support the Arthritis Foundation. Panther Island, 395 Purcey St, Fort Worth. Register at jbr.org/FortWorth.

CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH DECK THE SHOPS

4-9pm. Highland Park’s premiere shopping center will be transformed into a holiday

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wonderland, decorated with festive garlands and glittering décor. Families can take photos with Santa Clause, relax with story time from Mrs. Claus, enjoy face painting and balloon artists, take a gander at a live reindeer, burn off some energy in our on-site bounce house and sing along with strolling carolers. The Shops of Highland Park, 4212 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas 214-220-3416 www. theshopsofhighlandpark.com

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Times vary. Charles Schulz’s classic animated television special comes to life as you’ve never seen before. The young and the young at heart will be tapping their toes and oohing and ahhing as the live combo band surrounds the audience in a magical, memorable holiday spectacle. Make sure you’re front and center as Charlie Brown and his friends discover the real meaning of Christmas! $17-$30, Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman Street, Dallas www.dct.org

SPARK! FAMILY DAYS SATURDAYS

10am-4pm. 2nd grade through high school, every Sat. Activities scheduled include a Giant Light Bright, Recycled Art, a Musical Dance Floor, Chalk Art and Percussion practice. Plus there’s a 6000 ft. Climb, Crawl, and Slide Sculpture to explore. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $8 per person in advance (or $10 at the door). SPARK! 1409 S Lamar St., Suite 004, Dallas www.sparkdallas.org

CAMP GINGERBREAD

10am-5pm. The holidays are sweet at Camp Gingerbread where little ones can decorate gingerbread cookies with their favorite sugary delights, including frosting, nuts, dried fruit, candies and sprinkles. Proceeds benefit Shared Housing, a non-profit organization that facilitates affordable housing options for those in need. Cost is $10 per child. North Park Center, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas www.northparkcenter.com

KRAFTY KIDS

10:30am-5:30pm. All ages. Come join us for a fun children’s craft! Fun for the whole family! Dallas West Branch Library, 2332 Singleton Boulevard, Dallas www.dallaslibrary.org

FAMILY EXPERIMENTS: CELLULAR 11am-2pm. All ages. Families can join educators from the Perot Museum for fun family experiments in Klyde Warren Park. Each month will feature a new topic with handson investigation and experimentation. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Texas, www.perotmuseum.org


FOUR SEASONS MARKET CAMPBELL

9am-2pm. Family friendly, European style market with farmers, ranchers, and craftsmen that mimics the village markets throughout Europe. NTX Event Center, 677 W Campbell Rd, Richardson www.fourseasonsmarkets.com

SPECIAL NEEDS MOVIE SCREENING SMG - MOANA

11am. For families raising children with special needs, Studio Movie Grill is pleased to sponsor a private screening of a family friendly movie every month as part of the SMG Special Needs Screening Series! Special needs children and their siblings are free. All other tickets are just $6. Tickets are at the box office only. Available at all Studio Movie Grill locations, except the Epicenter. www.studiomoviegrill.com

SUN 4 PENGUIN DAYS AT THE ZOO

9am-4pm Daily. Visit the African penguins and all of the other animals at the Dallas Zoo for just $7 per person during the months of Dec, Jan & Feb. The Dallas Zoo, 650 R. L. Thornton Frwy, Dallas 469-554-7500 www.dallaszoo.com

ROCKEFELLER CHRISTMAS AT THE MAJESTIC

1-3pm. Our 9th Annual Holiday Show, showcases Radio City-style fun for all ages. The show stars American Ballet Theatre’s Arron Scott and features jazz dancing, tap dancing, singing and Act II of The Nutcracker! 2 matinees. Ages 4 to senior. Get your tix EARLY!! Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St, Dallas 214-357-8888 www.parkcitiesdance.com

MON 5 CRAFTY MONDAYS

10:30am-12pm. Every Monday. Enjoy nature-themed crafts with your children included with admission. Texas Discovery Gardens - Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, Texas, 214-428-7476 www. texasdiscoverygardens.org

TUE 6 GINGERTOWN DALLAS

12pm-5pm. The annual Gingertown Dallas is one of the biggest gingerbread house events in North Texas with proceeds benefiting Children’s Craniofacial Association. North Park Center, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas 214-363-7441 www.northparkcenter.com

WED 7 COME VISIT SANTA!

Engel & Volkers Southlake Office, 1111 E. Southlake Blvd, Ste 460, Southlake 817-4162700 Dallas.evusa.com. See ad in this issue.

THUR 8 HOLIDAY AT THE ARBORETUM

9am-5pm. Daily through Jan 8. The 12 Days of Christmas features 12 elaborate 25-foottall Victorian gazebos, with charming

costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by The Christmas Carol. New this year, the garden re-opens for evening hours for The 12 Days at Night exhibit, which is on display every weekend through December 30. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas 214515-6525 www.dallasarboretum.org

FRI 9 DONUTS WITH SANTA

10:30am-11:30am, ages 2 to 10. Enjoy Donuts with Santa! The jolly old elf and his famous team of helpers are stopping by Wylie Recreation Center to share a kid-friendly breakfast. Capture precious memories and milestones, honor a holiday tradition, and share in themed activity time. Enjoy crafts and treats and take home a digital picture with Santa. Preregistration and parent participation required. Cost is $15. Wylie Recreation Center, 300 Country Club Rd., Building 200, Wylie 972-516-6360 www.wylietexas.gov/recreation

SAT 10 8TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY MARKET EXTRAVAGANZA

8am-1pm. Every Sat. Shop for the nicest gifts around from our artisan food vendors, farmers & artists! Lakeside Baptist Church, 9150 Garland Road, Dallas www.goodlocalmarkets.org

COME VISIT SANTA!

Engel & Volkers Flower Mound Office, 2451 Lakeside Parkway, Ste 180, Flower Mound 972-388-5008 Dallas.evusa.com. See ad in this issue.

SPARK! FAMILY DAYS SATURDAYS

10am-4pm. 2nd grade through high school, every Sat. Activities scheduled include a Giant Light Bright, Recycled Art, a Musical Dance Floor, Chalk Art and Percussion practice. Plus there’s a 6000 ft. Climb, Crawl, and Slide Sculpture to explore. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $8 per person in advance (or $10 at the door). SPARK! 1409 S Lamar St., Suite 004, Dallas www.sparkdallas.org

URBAN ACRES MARKET CO-OP

9am-11am. Providing the best local and organic foods while supporting Texas farm families and artisans. Purchasing their produce cooperatively means you commit to a share of fruits and vegetables that is chosen for you out of the bounty available at the time. The “farm stand” pick-up locations throughout Dallas allow people from all different neighborhoods to be involved. The best thing is that they shop for your produce for you; all you have to do is pick it up. Vitruvian Park, 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison www.urbanacresfarmstead.com/co-op

THE BOHO MARKET AT FAIR PARK The Boho Market is back at Fair Park this December for a two-day holiday shopping event! We are so excited to once again bring you Dallas’s best makers, shops, and artists all under one roof! Come shop 100+ shops and makers, eat artisan foods and

food trucks, drink delicious drinks (coffee + adult beverages available), enjoy music, FREE Photo Booth, FREE Santa for photos (Saturday 2pm-4pm), and FREE games and activities! Dallas Fair Park – Embarcadero Building, 1229 Admiral Nimitz Dr. Dallas www.thebohomarket.co

CANDLELIGHT: 45 YEARS OF MEMORIES!

3-9pm. Sing along with strolling carolers, tell St. Nicholas your holiday wishes, and make holiday crafts. Local groups perform on three stages all evening. Festive foods are available for purchase from food trucks as well as a bake sale, traditional kettle korn, nuts and more. This year’s Candlelight is the capstone to a year-long celebration of Dallas Heritage Village’s Golden Anniversary. Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood St. Dallas www.dallasheritagevillage.org

SUN 11 PENGUIN DAYS AT THE ZOO

9am-4pm. Daily. Visit the African penguins and all of the other animals at the Dallas Zoo for just $7 per person during the months of Dec, Jan & Feb. Our holiday gift to you! The Dallas Zoo, 650 R. L. Thornton Frwy, Dallas 469-554-7500 www.dallaszoo.com

MON 12 ART BABIES: RAINBOWS & RHYMES

10am-11am. 0-2 yrs. Join us in the galleries for songs and story time, followed by playtime and an opportunity to mingle with other parents and caregivers. Focus is on all the colors of the rainbow and then enjoy sensory play stations in the Art Studio. Adults do not need a ticket. $8 Public, $5 DMA Member Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas www.dma.org

TUES 13 HOLIDAY AT THE ARBORETUM

9am-5pm. Daily through Jan 8. The 12 Days of Christmas features 12 elaborate 25-foottall Victorian gazebos, with charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by The Christmas Carol. New this year, the garden re-opens for evening hours for The 12 Days at Night exhibit, which is on display every weekend through December 30. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas 214515-6525 www.dallasarboretum.org

WED 14 HOLIDAY AT THE ARBORETUM

9am-5pm. Daily through Jan 8. The 12 Days of Christmas features 12 elaborate 25-foottall Victorian gazebos, with charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by The Christmas Carol. New this year, the garden re-opens for evening hours for The 12 Days at Night exhibit, which is on display every weekend through December 30. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas 214515-6525 www.dallasarboretum.org

THUR 15 TRINITY RIVER AUDUBON CENTER - FREE 3RD THURSDAY

9am-4pm. An interactive exhibit hall inviting hands-on exploration; 4-5 miles of hiking trails through the Great Trinity Forest, prairies, and wetlands; nature store offers enticing artwork from local artists and fun kids games. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas www. trinityriver.audubon.org

FRI 16 FARMERS BRANCH TOUR OF LIGHTS

Through Dec 30. The 2016 edition of this animated light show will return bigger than ever! The Tour of Lights drive through, with over half a million flashing lights, is one of North Texas’ longest animated shows. The Tour begins at Valley View Lane and Interstate 35, continues south on Denton Drive, and through the Farmers Branch Historical Park. Admission is free, donations accepted. 972-919-1433 Farmers Branch Historical Park www.farmersbranchtx.gov

SAT 17 DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER ACTIVITIES

10:30am-11:30am. All ages. Bring your drama princess or prince to the Children’s Park for acting games and fun with Dallas Children’s Theater. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Frwy, Dallas www.klydewarrenpark.org.

TREATS OF CHRISTMAS

12pm-6pm. The ultimate holiday bake sale benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. Dozens of premier chefs from area restaurants and catering companies present an assortment of gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies available for purchase. North Park Center, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas www.northparkcenter.com

GOOD LOCAL FLEA MARKET VICKERY MEADOW

3-9pm. Shop the indoor arts & crafts market with the best Dallas area artists and amazing gift choices for all. Half Price Books Parking Lot, 5803 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas www.goodlocalmarkets.org

SPARK! FAMILY DAYS SATURDAYS 10am-4pm. 2nd grade through high school, every Sat. Activities scheduled include a Giant Light Bright, Recycled Art, a Musical Dance Floor, Chalk Art and Percussion practice. Plus there’s a 6000 ft. Climb, Crawl, and Slide Sculpture to explore. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $8 per person in advance (or $10 at the door). SPARK! 1409 S Lamar St., Suite 004, Dallas www.sparkdallas.org

SUN 18 LONE STAR CHRISTMAS AT GAYLORD TEXAN

All day. Experience the magic at Gaylord Texan’s 13th annual Lone Star Christmas. Two million twinkling lights lead you through larger-than-life holiday décor, family

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friendly activities, live entertainment, and a winter wonderland that can only be found at Gaylord Texan. ICE! returns for even more fun this year, featuring the classic telling of Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town©. Enjoy day or evening ice skating on the 5,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink at the new Glacier Glide Ice Skating or ride down a thrilling 12-lane tubing hill covered in real snow at Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing. Throw a bucket of real snowballs at targets created by clever elves at Santa’s Snowball Throwing Workshop, or get creative by decorating a gingerbread house at the Gingerbread Decorating Corner. Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine 817-778-1000 www.christmasatgaylordtexan.com

PENGUIN DAYS AT THE ZOO

9am-4pm. Daily. Visit the African penguins and all of the other animals at the Dallas Zoo for just $7 per person during the months of Dec, Jan & Feb. Our holiday gift to you! The Dallas Zoo, 650 R. L. Thornton Frwy, Dallas 469-554-7500 www.dallaszoo.com

FRI 23 HOLIDAY AT THE ARBORETUM

9am-5pm. Daily through Jan 8. The 12 Days of Christmas features 12 elaborate 25-foottall Victorian gazebos, with charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by The Christmas Carol. New this year, the garden re-opens for evening hours for The12 Days at Night exhibit, which is on display every weekend through December 30. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas 214515-6525 www.dallasarboretum.org

MON 19 CRITTERMAN

3pm-4pm. All ages. Meet amazing animals from around the world in an Extra Furry adventure (no snakes). Meet the toughest animal in all of Africa, a cousin of the kangaroo, an animal famous in American history and more! Schimelpfenig Library, 5024 Custer Road, Plano 972-769-4200 www.planolibrary.org

SAT 24 THE TRAINS AT NORTH PARK

10am-6pm. Daily through Jan 8. $7 adults, $3 children. The Trains at North Park benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and presented by Bank of Texas, has been a North Park Center tradition for 18 years. The most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas! North Park Center, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas 214-363-7441 www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com

TUES 20 SPCA OF TEXAS’ “HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” PET ADOPTION 12pm-6pm. Daily through Dec 23. Level Two between Macy’s and Dillard’s, Adoption fees are $250 for puppies (under 6 months of age), $125 for adult dogs (6 months to 6 years), $50 for senior dogs (7 years or older) or VIP dogs (those waiting for homes for more than 30 days), $75 for adult cats (6 months to 6 years) and $125 for kittens. The fee includes spay/neuter surgery, all age-appropriate vaccinations, de-worming treatment, a heartworm test for dogs six months and older, initial heart worm preventative for dogs, a feline leukemia and FIV testing for cats four months and older, a microchip and a free leash or cardboard cat carrier. North Park Center, 8687 N Central Expy., Dallas 214-363-7441 www.northparkcenter.com

SUN 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM DALLAS PARENT MAGAZINE

MON 26 DINOSAURS LIVE! LIFE-SIZE ANIMATRONIC DINOSAURS

WED 21 HOLIDAY AT THE ARBORETUM

9am-5pm. Daily through Jan 8. The 12 Days of Christmas features 12 elaborate 25-foottall Victorian gazebos, with charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by The Christmas Carol. New this year, the garden re-opens for evening hours for The 12 Days at Night exhibit, which is on display every weekend through December 30. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas 214515-6525 www.dallasarboretum.org

9am-5pm. Daily through Feb 19. Encounter a 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails at the 11th annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney 972562-5566 www.heardmuseum.org

TUES 27 LONE STAR CIRCUS’ LA FETE!

7:30pm. Through Jan 1. That’s right…It’s a Party! Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Dallas’ very own Lone Star Circus. Be among the first to see this all-new merry circus celebration complete with a joyous, awe-inspiring congregation of

extraordinary circus acts from all over the planet — including Dallas, Texas! You’ll spot breathtaking acrobats, awesome aerialists, amazing equilibrists, unbelievable jugglers, endearing four-legged performers, and of course, hilarious clowns. It’s a traditional medley of music and poetry paired with feats of strength, daring, and agility. Come to the party, celebrate 10 years of Lone Star Circus, and be blown away! Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St. Dallas

MAKE & TAKE CRAFTS

2pm. Ages 7 & up. Stop by the library and make and take a craft from recycled or natural materials. Dallas West Branch Library, 2332 Singleton Boulevard, Dallas, Texas, www.dallaslibrary.org

TWEEN BOOK CLUB

6pm-7pm. Make new friends and discuss new books! Join us every last Tuesday of the month to discuss our chapter book of the month. Dallas West Branch Library, 2332 Singleton Boulevard, Dallas www. dallaslibrary.org

POLAR BEARS, PENGUINS, OH MY!! 2pm. Ages 3-5. Join us in the Auditorium to read “Polar Bear, Polar Bear”, sing songs, do experiments of blubber in ice water, make crafts of polar bears and penguins at end with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Dallas West Branch Library, 2332 Singleton Boulevard, Dallas www.dallaslibrary.org

WED 28 MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CHAPEL – THE EXHIBITION

10am-6pm. Daily through Jan 8, 2017. View reproductions of Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel in their original size and displayed as 34 reproductions on 16-foot panels. $16 Adults, $12 Students, Free for under six. The Women’s Museum at Fair Park, 3800 Parry Ave., Dallas 202-293-4505 www. chapelsistine.com

GIANT GEMS OF THE SMITHSONIAN

Daily through Jan 17. This temporary exhibition gives you an up-close look at some of the most charismatic objects in the history of the world. These superb specimens from the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution have been cut and polished into forms of great beauty, and exhibit color and brilliance beyond your imagination.

for thousands of years. Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt features cats and lions in ancient Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life through diverse representations from the world-famous holdings of the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition features more than eighty objects exploring wild and domestic cats, feline deities, cat burial practices and luxury items decorated with feline features, as well as a small section on dogs. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas 214-922-1200 www.dma.org

FRI 30 DINOSAURS LIVE! LIFE-SIZE ANIMATRONIC DINOSAURS

9am-5pm. Daily through Feb 19. Encounter a 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails at the 11th annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney 972562-5566 www.heardmuseum.org

SAT 31 A DAZZLING DISPLAY AT MIDNIGHT

11:59pm NYE Fireworks at Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. E, Dallas www.reuniontower.com

SAVE THE DATE… JAN 1 DAY 1 DALLAS

Returning for the second year in 2017, Day 1 Dallas is a family fair specifically designed for children and families to celebrate New Year’s Day together. This kid-friendly celebration will feature interactive activities, craft and games, great food and a spectacular fireworks show. Come out and play on New Year’s Day at historic Fair Park. Ticket includes ALL activities AND the fireworks show. The only additional cost is for food. Fair Park 1121 First Ave, Dallas

JAN 11 OPEN HOUSE AT ST. MONICA CATHOLIC SCHOOL

8:30am. For grades PK4 and DK. 4140 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, www.st.monicaschool. org. See ad in this issue.

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JAN 13

DIVINE FELINES: CATS OF ANCIENT EGYPT

OPEN HOUSE AT ST. MONICA CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Through Jan 8. From domesticated cats to mythic symbols of divinities, felines played an important role in ancient Egypt

8:30am. For grades K-8. 4140 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, www.st.monicaschool.org. See ad in this issue.

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FUN STUFF { LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU’RE LAUGHING }

WHAT DID ONE SNOWMAN SAY TO THE OTHER SNOWMAN?

LUKE: “HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT I’M GETTING FOR CHRISTMAS?” DARTH VADER: “I CAN FEEL YOUR PRESENTS.”

WHAT DO YOU CALL A WET ANIMAL? A RAIN-DEER

Do you smell carrots?

let everyday be

Christmas

1 23 Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included. — Author Unknown

LOL WITH JAMES ESTES!

by Norman Wesley Brooks, 1976 Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself. Peace on Earth, good will to men, kind thoughts and words of cheer, are things we should use often and not just once a year. Remember too the Christ-child, grew up to be a man; to hide him in a cradle, is not our dear Lord’s plan. So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near, from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year!

GOTTA LOVE ‘EM Thinking we were alone, I quietly asked my 7yr old son what he wanted to give to his twin sister for Christmas. He replied, “I don’t know.” I asked what he gave her last year and he whispered, “I can’t remember.” All of a sudden we heard a loud scream from upstairs saying, “I remember! He gave me measles!”   — Mom of Ben and Becky

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WHOLESOME ENDING russian tea cakes KEEPING TRADITIONS ALIVE

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raditions are stories, beliefs, customs, and even recipes that are passed from one generation to the next. Teaching children about their family values will help to give them a feeling of pride and belonging to actually be a part of the traditions. Share traditions with your kids and create new traditions too!

For Christmas our Art Director, Renée, is sharing a family tradition.

INGREDIENTS - 1 cup soft butter - 1/2 cup powdered sugar - 1 tsp. vanilla - 2 1/4 cups flour - 1/4 tsp. salt - 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

INSTRUCTIONS 1 Mix lightly softened butter, sugar and vanilla

thoroughly in a bowl.

2 Mix flour and salt together in a seperate bowl

and sift into batter, then add in walnuts.

3 Chill dough until cool and heat oven to 400°. 4 Roll dough into 1” balls and place on ungreased

cookie sheet.

5 Bake 10-12 minutes, until set, but not brown. 6 While still warm, roll in powdered sugar and

let cool, then roll again.

“Making tons of goodies for Christmas with my mother was something we did every year when I was growing up; mainly because my Dad loved sweets around for Christmas! We would make peanut butter balls, fudge, chocolate covered peanut clusters, snowmen cookies and even cinnamon hard candy… and of course, the Russian Tea Cakes, which are still my Dad’s favorite. And as the years passed, my mother and I continued this tradition of making these treats with her grandson, my son, Kolton. His favorite was making the Snowmen cookies; and still today this tradition with my son, now grown, is still a must every year. Kolton can’t go without his snowman cookies! I’m looking forward to sharing this tradition with grandkids someday too!”

Makes 3 dozen 1” cookies.

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