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Family Matters: Avoid Post-Holiday Letdown


ChristmasThe day after Christmas can really stink.

While there’s lots to play with, great leftovers to eat, new clothes to wear and new movies to watch, it just seems like the lights on the Christmas tree don’t twinkle quite as brightly the day after Christmas. The past few years I’ve tried to take an active role in avoiding that post-holiday letdown.

Last year, on the advice of a friend, I set aside one of the Christmas gifts and then let the boys discover it on December 26. “Oh wow, Mom! Santa must have dropped this one under the couch by mistake!”

Yep, that’s exactly what he did. Wink. Wink.

We also do one more Christmas “cooking” project.

You know all those candy canes you get at every event during the holidays from Christmas parades to class parties to church?

We crush them up, roll pretzel sticks in melted dark chocolate and then dip them into the crushed peppermint. It prolongs the feeling of the holidays and gets rid of the candy canes no one eats plain. Win/win.

So, enjoy those days between Christmas and New Year’s, and don’t let the holiday spirit go out the chimney with Santa.

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