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The Real Meaning of Christmas

 

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Santa’s coming to town! Christmas trees, lights, festive decorations, and joyful holiday carols fill the cool breezy air. To a kid, this season may seem like a vacation, a period for family reunions and a time of the year to receive gifts and goodies. But this year, why not try to impart the true meaning of Christmas? Little good deeds can go a long way in changing the lives of others, even your child’s.

 

In this article, Hey Mom will help you impart the real meaning of Christmas in your homes: the season of giving, sharing, and showing love. It’s all about having fun and being creative too! Here’s how to get started:

 

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MAKE DIY GIFTS

‘Tis the season to be creative! Let your kids make DIY gifts for other children in need. It’ll be an activity that’s both fun and enriching.

 

There are tons of ideas to start with. Your child can paint a pretty picture and you can frame it with cardboard designed with glitter glue. Making sock puppets are easy too! If you want a bit of a challenge, find DIY doll patterns online. Lastly, make them make and write their personalized Christmas cards as a final touch to the gifts.

 

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DONATE

Let your family be involved in your communities’ outreach programs, or pick a foundation to help. Teach your child to save money and at the end of the year, they can donate some of their savings to charity and tell them the special thing they did helped a grateful stranger.

 

You can also clean out the closets and ask them to give away used toys, clothes, and things and donate them to those who are in need.

 

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HOST A PARTY

Plan a day to visit the foundation of your choice. Let your kids help you prepare packed meals that you could bring and serve to residents of the foundation.

 

Make the visit entertaining and exciting and organize activities for the kids such as games, storytelling, and coloring drawing contests.

 

A foundation that you can visit is Elsie Gatches Village in Alabang. They provide a home and a family to mentally challenged children and adults. Schedule an event or host a party to meet the residents and bring smiles to their faces.

 

Contact Elsie Gaches Village, Alabang Muntinlupa

E-mail: egv_ncr@yahoo.com scsa_egv@yahoo.com.

Phone: 807-6023, 809-4466 or 809-4133

 

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ORGANIZE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Besides throwing parties and organizing events at the center, field trips are very much appreciated by children too. This will give them the opportunity to discover new places and see different things. Your family can sponsor educational tours like a trip to the zoo and museums, or outings like picnics or swimming.

 

You may contact the Virlanie Foundation, a home to children in need of special protection, as they allow you to work hand in hand with them to organize these events.

 

Virlanie Foundation, Makati City

Email: outreach@virlanie.or­g

Phone: +632 895 3460, +63 2 895 5260 and +63 2 896 2289

 

 

By highlighting kindness, love, and selflessness as the reasons for the season, you will fill your home with the real spirit of Christmas. Your child will enjoy meeting and playing with new friends, creating gifts from his/her own imagination, and ultimately learning the value of sharing material things and receiving immeasurable joy in return. Merry Christmas, mommies!

Not Just Tall, But Tough!

 

These days, it’s hard to keep tabs on everything your kids do, no matter how much you try. From the food they eat to how much exercise they get, sometimes, despite our best efforts, it’s easy to let these things fall by the wayside and let kids just be kids. To ensure that the development of your child's body is reaching its maximum potential, here are a few things you need to keep an eye on to help him achieve peak performance:

 

1. KEEP A REGULAR SLEEPING ROUTINE.

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Unlike many adults who can get by on five to six hours of sleep, kids need ample rest to ensure their bodies grow properly. Toddlers need 10 to 13 hours of sleep, while preteens need 10 to 12, and teens need at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep per night.

 

2. MAINTAIN A PROPER DIET.

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A balanced diet ofmeat, fruits, and plenty of veggies helps kids reach their full growth potential. Make sure he gets enough foods that are rich in Vitamin D like fish, mushrooms, cheese, and egg yolks. Healthy exposure to the sun helps the body naturally produce Vitamin D too. This vitamin is essential for healthy bones and teeth to help your child grow tall and strong.

 

3. GET ENOUGH EXERCISE DAILY.

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Make sure your child is getting enough exercise by encouraging him to get active, whether it’s through sports, riding a bike, swimming, or even just playing outside for a few hours. Not only will exercise benefit your child’s health but making his bones and muscles strong, thus helping him grow tall, but he’ll also have a better outlook on life, too.

 

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DIY Christmas Decorations To Make With Your Kids

 

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It’s that most wonderful time of the year again when the weather gets a bit more pleasant, shopping malls start playing festive tunes, and everyone’s got that extra spring in their step–yup, it’s the holiday season. Now’s the perfect time to get the whole family together to make your own Christmas decorations. It’s a more affordable and sustainable solution to buying new ones, plus you avoid competing with the holiday crowds and crazy traffic.

 

Here are a few Christmas decorations you can make with your kids:

 

1. Easy Painted Ornaments

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This one couldn’t be easier. All you need is a clear ornament (preferably plastic so it won’t break if your 2-year-old drops it), and some acrylic paint.

 

Remove the metal cap and fill the ornament with about a teaspoon of paint. Swirl the paint around ’til it coats the inside of the ornament entirely.

 

Let the paint dry by leaving it upside down on top of some old newspapers until it’s drained and completely dry. After it’s dry, reseal the ornament with its metal cap.

 

2. Clothespin Reindeers

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Got some spare wooden clothespins lying around? Turn them into cute little reindeer ornaments for your kids to hang. All you need are a few wooden clothespins (not the one with the metal springs), acrylic paint, glue, googley eyes (which you can get from any craft store), small puffed balls for the noses, tiny flourishes like little bells or ribbons, and some string for hanging.

 

Get two clothespins that are facing the same direction and glue them together. Then take another one, flip it so it’s facing the opposite direction and glue that one to the other two. Glue the eyes and noses onto the pin that’s facing upwards. Now it’s ready for paint. After the paint has dried, attach some string to the back of the reindeers head and knot it together so it can be hung.

 

Your kids can get as creative as they want with their reindeers; they can use this project to reflect their own personality. It’s the perfect holiday project for your little ones.

 

3. Cork Ornaments

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Reuse old wine corks to make Christmas ornaments with some ingenuity and a little help from your kids.

 

Gather 4 or 5 corks, cut each in half with some craft scissors, glue them together in the shape of a tree, then tie the whole thing together with some string. If you think it’s too drab, have your kids paint them in fun, festive colors to really make the ornament stand out.

 

4. Mason Jar Candleholders

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Get that Pinterest-worthy DIY feel for your home with easy to make mason jar candleholders. All you need are a few mason jars, some rock salt, and candles.

 

Take a candle and superglue it to the inside of a mason jar. Wait for it to dry, then fill the mason jar with some rock salt about two inches deep. Go the extra mile and top the salt with some glitter or colored sprinkles and voila, you’ve got your faux-snow candle jars.

 

5. Ice Cream Cone Ornaments

 

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These ornaments look good enough to eat! Take some brown construction paper, brightly colored crepe paper, glue, and clear string for hanging.

 

Cut a small circle out from the construction paper, then roll it into a cone. Secure the cone with some glue. Then take the crepe paper and crumple them up into some small balls. Thread some clear string into a sewing needle and use it to string both balls together with a knot at the other end. Then take the two balls and glue them onto the brown cone.

 

So, with a few craft supplies, a spark of creativity, and some willing helping hands, you and your kids can DIY your way to holiday bliss. It’s a great way of getting the kids away from the iPad and video games, and it gives you the chance to spend some quality time with them while creating something you can all enjoy. After all, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

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