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What a wonderful early winter we are having! Not to cold, not too much snow and lots of sunshine. I LOVE the beginning of winter and December, although super busy, it is a beautiful month of pretty lights, anticipation, and excitement as we speed to the holidays. Christmas, Kwanzaa and Chanukah are all around the same time this year and life has returned to endemic normal which means the shopping malls are packed, the traffic is crazy, and everyone is rushing around to dinners, concerts and other holiday events. There is just 3 weeks until everything stops for a day or two and kids are home for winter break. Are you ready?

For many, this time of year is stressful especially if money is short, kids are sick and you are struggling with mental health issues. We have never seen a more expensive time in our lives and the pandemic has had a detrimental affect on all of us. If you are struggling financially or emotionally, be realistic and honest with yourselves and others. Talk to someone you trust about how you feel. Keep holiday gift shopping within your means and don't rack up credit card debt. The holidays can be about family togetherness and making new traditions instead of material items.

In this issue we offer great tips for holiday shopping, holiday travel with kids, as well as great ideas for winter break family fun. Our calendar is once again packed with events for December and January to fill your schedule. Dr. Jay Greenfeld writes about perseverance and Maureen Penko about Holiday Language tips. Check out the holiday recipe ideas that can be something you do together. In this issue we feature our first Focus on Education section, letting you know about school open houses taking place in December and January. Start planning now and check out both in-person and virtual open houses.

I would like to encourage you check in on others over this time when stress can be overwhelming. Simply calling someone and asking how they are doing can make a big difference.

I want to say THANK YOU to our wonderful advertisers who have stuck with us over the pandemic, and to those who have come back as things have returned to normal. We could not publish Winnipeg Parent without you, and I am so grateful for each and everyone of you. Also, a big THANK YOU to our graphic artist, Ron White and web wizard, Steve Schwartz who have been with us a very long time and continue to help create this publication now in our 30th year! To our readers...from my family to yours, I wish you a fun-filled, relaxing and peaceful holiday season and a healthy, happy New Year!

Susan



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