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Family Holidays Survival Guide

Stay Sane and Have Fun, From Thanksgiving to New Year's


For a family, holidays can be a delightful blend of old and new traditions, or a crazy-making brew of overscheduling and personality conflict. Here's a comprehensive survival guide to make your family holidays blissful and fun, from About.com Family and Parenting.

Find the Perfect Gifts

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First on most of our family holidays to-do list: gifts. How to find the perfect gift for eveyrone on your list, without breaking the bank? Start with these gift guides for all ages.

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Celebrating Holidays With Kids

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Baking, decorating, caroling and shopping are wonderful ways to celebrate family holidays with your children. But don't forget to focus on the meaning of the season and include themed games for Hannukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa in your celebration. It's a wonderful time to give back to your community and the world, and teach your children a lesson about charitable giving.

Party, Party, Party!

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Whether it's finding the perfect party game for children at your holiday affairs, or resisting the temptation to binge on appetizers, we've got the solutions for you. Check out this massive list of Christmas party must-haves, from themes and decorations to the perfect recipes to tempt your guests. We've got party planners for every age and occasion -- from Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to New Year's Eve.

Tired of trendy (and obnoxious) new kids' characters? Borrow from these Christmas classics in literature, film and music, to delight your family and recall your own childhood favorites.

Simplify Your Holiday Plan

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Does the holiday season always seem to coincide with a three-month migraine? You're not alone. That's why we've pulled together tips for simplifying your holiday plan and recovering your Zen. When you feel your inner Grinch coming out of his shell, turn to one of these ideas for relieving stress and feel the tension slip away.

Here's a stress-reliever we all can enjoy: saving money on holiday expenses. You don't need to go into debt to enjoy the season!

Conquer Your Challenges

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Family holidays can seem especially challenging if you're traveling with children to visit relatives in a far-off city. You'll love these packing lists and activities to keep kids occupied.

Or, if you happen to be pregnant, we'll help you navigate party food with an eye to your developing baby, plan a Christmas baby shower and enjoy the holidays while pregnant. There's not much to be done about that big belly when you're squeezing through narrow store aisles, though, so be careful.

New Year's Resolutions You'll Keep

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While you're making your way through the chaos and the joyful times of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, remember to keep the New Year in mind. Use the time to think about how you'd like to get the next year off to the best start. That's right, it's New Year Resolution's time! Whether you finally want to shed the baby weight or spend more time with family, set yourself a specific goal and resolve to do it.

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