Calgary: The Savvy Guide to December

SavvyMom November 17, 2016
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s also the busiest. Here’s our guide to getting through it with your sanity intact.

DO
Sit down and have a family meeting about the holidays. Ask everyone to share what’s important to them this month. Whether it’s catching the local Santa parade, seeing the lights at a holiday display, or just making time for some sledding, write it down on the family calendar.
Why? If it’s on the calendar, it’ll actually happen.

GO
To Heritage Park’s Winter CARnival from December 27 until January 5 inside Gasoline Alley Museum
Why? There are life-sized board games, a scavenger hunt, milk jug curling, arts and crafts and something called ‘The Snowman Toss’—now that sounds fun.

GET
Wine delivered from wineonline.ca for all your holiday parties and gatherings
Why? Because you’re going to need it for all that holiday entertaining, plus you can stash a few bottles away for hostess gifts and emergency prezzies for anyone you might have overlooked.

PLAY
Inside at a local play place
Why? Because we all need to escape from Old Man Winter sometimes. Take the fam to an indoor playground as a break from Christmas shopping, or better yet, drop the kids off and do your shopping in peace.

READ
Gatherings: Bringing People Together with Food, by Jan Scott and Julie Van Rosendaal
Why? Because we love this beautiful new book by our very own Savvy food editor, Jan Scott, and popular author (and Savvy Storyteller!) Julie Van Rosendaal. This book is a fun addition to your collection and will make a great gift for your favourite foodie.

GREEN IT
Wrap your gifts in the kids’ artwork, or use brown craft paper and let the kids’ decorate
Why? It’s a great way to recycle the kids’ art, and much of the gift wrap sold in stores is not recyclable. Plus, you’ll save money on wrapping paper, the kids will have a blast adding some pizzazz to your boxes and bags, and your gift recipients will appreciate the homemade touch.

SURF
le colouring 
Why? This site is a cut above the usual printable colouring page sites. There are easier designs for the smaller set and wonderfully intricate ones for the bigger kids. Best of all, it’s free.

APP
Santa’s Bag  
Why? This free app records who you’ve bought gifts for and how much you’ve spent on each person, keeping you organized and on budget. It even keeps track of what stocking stuffers, ahem, Santa, has bought.

MAKE
Something fabulous from our 28 Classic DIY Christmas Recipes, Decor Ideas, and Kids’ Crafts gallery
Why? Because our bloggers are the best of the best and we’re absolutely loving all the savvy things they’ve created this Christmas.

HELP
Animals in need by purchasing your calendar for 2015 from Paws for the Cause
Why? Because the calendar’s models are pretty darn cute! And because 100% of the proceeds go to the Pet Trust Fund, Canada’s first charity dedicated to improving the health and well being of pets.

 

 

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