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Snowmen keeping me warm! (Or not!)

It has been snowing a lot around here since Christmas. And with the Christmas books put away for now, it seemed time to start looking at our other winter friends…..snowmen. So I’ve grabbed a couple of books and see how they might work out for reading out loud.

The first is what has become considered a classic. The Snowman – by Raymond Briggs. I was not expecting a “wordless” book, and yet apparently that is what has made it so well known over the years….. The cover is so magical, even sparkling that I was disappointed with the washed out illustrations. That aside, I can see where the idea of a book where we can tell our own story has it’s appeal, and could be used easily to launch classroom projects. It certainly has a very complete story, even without words. And the pictures and story are enjoyable. It just isn’t what maybe I had in mind when I was ready to read about snowmen.

The second one I chose is The Heart of a Snowman – by Mary Kuryla and Eugene Yelchin. I’m not sure how well kids will stay tuned to this one. It seemed to wander around a bit in it’s tale, with an odd message about snowmen always have to melt because of their hearts we put inside when we make them. -It did have very gorgeous illustrations, and if your kids like stories a bit out of the ordinary this might be just for them!

The third one I read was Snowmen at Work by Caralyn Buehner. I am a big fan of the original, Snowmen at Night, and though I don’t think this is quite as good, it is still a lot of fun. I love the idea of anything that we don’t know about having a secret life. I’ve often wondered what groundhogs are doing under ground while we are busy living our own lives. So though some of this is of course a bit of a stretch, it is fun to get our imaginations rolling with what it is exactly snowmen might be doing at night, even if they have jobs. I always love books with hidden things in the pictures. (aahemmm…like Matches the Mouse in our Christmas book). See the book! So they certainly get some bonus points from me for making it not only fun to read out loud, but then an activity book that keeps kids entertained for awhile.

Santa’s Night Before Christmas and his purple santa suit bring Christmas feelings

Christmas is a feelingSanta’s Night Before Christmas and his purple santa suit bring Christmas feelings we can remember all year.  I started back in September anticipating the release of this book, and reminding everyone that Christmas isn’t a season or a day, it is a feeling. (Post from September)  It has definitely been a fun season.  It has been fun sharing our book with everyone.  I’ve been privileged to see a child read the book out loud for the very first time (I’ve read it so many times to so many people that this was especially fun for me!). I listened to him read it just as I had imagined the cadence to be.  I watched him stop and point out the illustrations and ask questions and giggle along the way.  I’ve had the joy of seeing a little girl wake up the next morning after hearing the story for the first time and be so inspired from the beautiful artwork that she was drawing her own creations trying to match the pages.   I’ve finally had the wonderful privilege of meeting the illustrator in person whom I’ve been working with for years.  Brad Cornelius is a delightful being.  Pardon the pun, but it was like watching a Christmas tree light up as we talked about what other adventures Santa might need to take in the future.  What a pleasure.  We’ve received awards and wonderful reviews.  We’ve had people who were inspired to create wonderful videos (see reference) because they loved the book so much.  We even had a wonderful lady super inspired to create her very own Santa’s Just Not Right cookie recipe. (see reference).  We’ve had dozens and dozens of beautiful reviews all in appreciation of all of the work that went into creating this great work.  Teachers have been inspired to have tea and honey parties make purple santas and use the book in the classroom. (see reference) . It is a book that sparks the happiness in people.  It sparks imagination and thinking. (see reference) Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) has been a fun, joyful, zany, wacky ride. It has caused me to personally stop and appreciate how the work of a few individuals can really touch others.  And that work can be from something like a fun story like ours, a plate of cookies, or even just a simple hello to a stranger in the street.  It is a great joy to connect with others in whatever way we can. I hope that after this holiday season we all can try to reflect back at all of the things we try to make so special during the season, capture that feeling, and live it all year long. Thanks to all who have participated in creating and enjoying our book.  We wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope that your Christmas isn’t just a season, but a feeling that will last you all year long.

Great Christmas Eve Read Aloud: Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!)

If you are looking for a great Christmas Eve Read Aloud to read to your family while you try to settle everyone down for bed, this is it. Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) It is a beautifully illustrated tale that has kids and adult laughing out loud.  If you have it on your December Bucket List to find a new book to add to your holiday book collection, you may have found one worthy of consideration!  December Bucket List: Find a new great read aloud for Christmas EveIf you haven’t got it already, this is a great chance.  We are still offering FREE Priority shipping today and tomorrow, in hopes that you will receive just in time for your holiday traditions.  I love reading our favorites year after year, and this is sure to become a favorite for many this year!  Order your book here!

And if you miss out on getting the hardback book delivered in time, you can always check out our interactive version which is really great fun for your iphone, or ipad!  Check it out here!  You will have the chance to break ornaments on the upside down tree, turn snowmen upside down, change Santa’s suit color, hear funny carolers, and listen to jets and bells ring.  It will even read the story out loud to you.  Not to be missed! Even the app makes a really great Christmas Eve read aloud!

 

Enjoy, and have a Merry Christmas!

 

Santa’s Just Not Right Christmas Cookies

Santa’s Just Not Right Christmas Cookies??  Ever since we began dreaming of all the things that would go wrong with Christmas if Santa’s suit turned purple, the ideas have snowballed.  You can see many of them of course in the book.  Like upside down snowmen, and jets instead of sleighs.  We imagined tea and honey instead of milk and cookies.  But the things that we have imagined are probably only just beginning.  We challenge you to come up with your own zany, wacky inspirations of how Christmas might be different.  We challenge you to do them at home. We challenge you to use them in the classroom.  And this week, one very inspired reviewer has done just that! Check out Santa’s Just Not Right Christmas cookies!  Baking in the classroom: Santa's Just Not Right Christmas CookiesThey have made it to our recent December Bucket List for sure!  And they easily can be used in the classroom for an art project and a fun Santa’s Night Before Christmas Cookie party!  We just want to run to the kitchen and get baking.  We’ve posted enough to get you started, but please for full recipe (and many other fun recipes!) please see A Mama, Baby, and Sharpei!  If you need a copy of the book to go along with these treats, of course you can get more information about the hardback, kindle, or interactive touch app, all on the Book page here.

SANTA’S JUST NOT RIGHT CHRISTMAS COOKIES
INGREDIENTS:                                                                           yields 2-3 dozen cookies

  • 1 C Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1.5 C Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1.5 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2.5 C All-Purpose Flour, plus more for dusting
  • Purple Food Coloring (I recommend gel coloring)

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and powdered sugar together with the paddle attachment on low-speed so that the sugar doesn’t fly up in a cloud. Once the sugar has been mostly incorporated into the butter, turn up the speed, beating the butter mixture until it is creamy and thoroughly incorporated.

Then add the egg to the butter mixture, beating until just incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and baking soda and once that is thoroughly mixed in, add the flour, one cup at a time until it is all mixed in. This creates a batter-like dough that will be very soft. Dab in the purple food coloring and mix at a low-speed, or by hand, until the entire dough is colored to your liking. Remember that the color will brighten as it rests in the fridge.

Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead it into a soft ball. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour while kneading. Transfer the dough to a wax-paper lined plate, then press another piece of wax paper on top of the dough, flattening it into a round disc, the size of the plate between the two sheets of wax paper. Tuck the extra ends of the wax paper under the dough disc to keep the dough from drying out. Place the dough in the fridge for at least three hours or overnight to firm-up.

Once it has rested in the refrigerator, tear off a one-third section of the dough and place it on a floured work surface and keep the rest of the dough in the fridge. Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper and pre-heat the oven to 350F.

Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thickness, making sure to flip the dough to keep it floured or it will stick to the work surface. *I prefer a 1/2 inch thickness in a roll-out cookie because they will remain soft and fluffy, even after decorating. If you prefer a more crisp cookie, I recommend rolling the dough to a 3/8 inch thickness*

Use a cookie cutter to cut the desired shapes. Place the cut cookies on the baking sheet, two inches apart as you prepare them. Once the baking sheet is full, place it in the oven and bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes until the edges just start to darken. If you try to lift the cookies and they are still very soft, give them another minute or two. Transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack until they are cooled to room temperature. Repeat with the dough in the fridge until you have made all of the cookies you desire.

Now on to decorating!! Use your imagination! We made a batch of Purple Royal Icing to pipe the details onto our cookies and to help our sprinkles and candy buttons and ornaments to stick to the cookies. But feel free to mix up any color you like and add any decorations you desire! I’ve included the recipe for the Royal Icing below which makes more than enough icing for 3 dozen cookies, we made just a half batch and still had plenty more icing leftover.  For full recipe for Santa’s Just Not Right Christmas Cookies again see …..A Mama, Baby, and Sharpei!Santa's Just Not Right Christmas cookies at home or in the classroom!

 

December Bucket List: Reading Santa’s Night Before Christmas

A December Bucket List? Are we here already? Wow!  Is it really already December 13th?  I feel like I am still in Thanksgiving mode.  I have been busy doing all kinds of things though in anticipation of Christmas in which we are now in the downhill stretch.  I found the cutest pin on Pinterest awhile back about a December Bucket List.  I decided to make my own list of things I hope maybe to get done this December (or maybe next…or next..or next!!)  Maybe it is a lifetime December Bucket List.  Here goes 20 to work for!December Bucket List: Reading Santa's Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!)

1)Read Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right), and many of our other favorite Christmas books (we still love the original Night Before Christmas and Snowmen at Night!) out loud to my own kids, as well as to some other kids who aren’t my own. (Nieces and nephews, kids in a classroom, kids at a library, maybe at a children’s hospital – or wherever might feel good!) For me a December bucket list would not be complete without this, and I probably won’t have to try hard to remember to do it.

December Bucket List: Make pink popcorn to go along with all the other zany ideas in our book Santa's Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!)2)Make homemade pink popcorn and serve hot cocoa from scratch for either a Christmas book reading night, or movie night. (check out this yummy pink popcorn which will go perfectly with the zany upside down antics of Santa’s Night Before Christmas….) Pink Popcorn Of course there isn’t much better than fresh regular popcorn popped in oil drizzled in fresh butter and salt right on the stove either.  I may have to squeeze in both!

3)String cranberries and popcorn for the tree.  This always puts such magic on our tree. And the chatter as we do it is so much fun!  It’s like baking cookies but without feeling guilty for eating all the dough! Just buy fresh cranberries, pop the popcorn the old fashioned way on the stove, get needle and thread and away you go.

4)Go ice skating on an outdoor rink.  There is something magical about doing this.  It always makes me feel like I’m in the holiday spirit. This makes my December Bucket List, but if I miss, I’ll be happy to make up in January or February.purple-chocolate-chips

5)Bake SANTA’S JUST NOT RIGHT CHRISTMAS COOKIES.  Need I say more?  Baking is on most everyone’s December Bucket list!Yum and fun!  Every year we love to bake cookies, but this year I have to say I’m going to have to try these special ones that were created just for us. Recipe here!  Of course some really want to get crazy and make the purple chocolate chips. Who can blame them?? Hoping for blueberry blue reindeer this year myself.  In any case make some to go with the book.  Super darling.December Bucket List: Santa's Just Not Right Christmas Cookies

6)Go Christmas caroling.  I always want to do this.  It has been so long since someone has rang my door.  But I love it when they do!

7)Go on a sleigh ride.  Or hay ride. Or horse and carriage ride.  Whatever the vehicle, it is always a special night out! What December Bucket list treat!

8)Have a Santa party.  We used to do this when the kids were little.  We had a very special Santa who would stop by.  Every parent would secretly leave a wrapped gift with their child’s name on it on our front porch.  Then a little bit into the evening Santa would arrive, gather the presents, put them in his bag, and then come inside and deliver them.  It was such delight to see the kids light up when Santa came with something they wanted and delivered it in person.  I need to do this again soon!

9)Make a Gingerbread house.  Darn it.  I’ve not done this one STILL.  Oh how I want to try!

10)Eat a candy cane.  Wow, when is the last time I actually did that?December Bucket List: Eat a Candy cane while reading Santa's Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!)

December Bucket List: Build an upside down snowman to go along with the book, Santa's Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!)11)Build a snowman.  Olaf has become somewhat of an obsession for me this year, and I can’t help but singing “Do you want to build a snowman?” every other day.  (Or a myriad of other tunes from Frozen!) Just waiting for the flakes to fly!   If you must hear it again now- like I did as I was writing, click here.  Maybe you can build an upside down one, like in the book. Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!)

12)Sit on Santa’s lap.  We took a great group photo a few years back with my then teenage kids.  It is still fun!

13)Drive around and look at Christmas Lights!  I’m ready.  With the internet and  mapping so easy at our fingertips, we can look them up and really go find the great ones!  Maybe there is an app for that!?!?

14)Sit by a roaring fireplace. Drink hot cocoa or hot toddies.  But put on the Christmas music and enjoy!

15)Christmas Scavenger Hunt– I have been determined to do this for years.  There are lots of places to find lists and riddles on the internet.  So many ways to do it, easy or really complicated. Can’t wait to try this one out!  Here is an easy one I liked. Scavenger Hunt

16)Write a letter to Santa– or help someone else write one.  It seems like a lost art, but I think it would be fun to get creative, make it artistic.  Maybe we will write one and leave a Thank you note this year instead!

17) Make ornaments and decorate a tree– and enjoy it!  Do I really need to put it on the December Bucket list? No, but somehow over the years this has turned into a chore instead of something to be enjoyed.  I want to get back to making it a festive afternoon or evening.  Maybe starting with going to pick out the tree together as a family! Maybe have a snowman pizza when you get done!December Bucket List: Have a snowman pizza after putting up the tree!

18)Take a special family photo– Christmas is a great time to document the years as they go by.  Maybe do something extra special each year, or maybe record it the same.  Just make sure you do it!

19)Go to the Zoo lights, or botanical gardens lights. This is so enjoyable.  It is fun to walk around and have fresh hot roasted nuts and cider.

20)Go to the Christmas Parade- Nothing like a parade to make me feel like a kid again!  And nothing quite like taking the kids to see one to make them super excited about Christmas!

I reserve the right to expand this December Bucket List……….and it may take me some years to get to them all, but I am so excited to start trying.

UPDATED for 2015 Here.

 

 

100 Purple Santas need a home! Giveaways for Santa and We’re Having A Tuesday

100 Purple Santas need a home in 100 hours!100 Purple Santas need a home this holiday season! We are in the home stretch of the holiday season.  Many of us are in the hustle and bustle of it all.  So we have lots of last minute goodies to share to help you finish up your holiday shopping. And we have at least 100 purple Santas that need a home!

First– We are issuing a challenge. We would like to find 100 purple Santas a home this holiday season. We have set a goal to sell 100 Santa books in 100 hours directly from our website here. We are still including FREE priority shipping, and books are just $16.95 each.  The first 100 people in this 100 hours will get their Santa book, AND in addition a free copy of DK Simoneau’s first book, We’re Having A Tuesday.  Countdown starts NOW!  (Expires at 9 p.m. MST, December 14, 2014) 100 purple Santas need a home!  Books must be ordered from this site to qualify for free bonus book! Order towards the bottom of the page HERE.

Holidays pink divorce free kindle

Second– The holiday season can be a tough time for divorced families, a subject many of us can relate to.  So in honor of that, and bringing “We’re Having A Tuesday” up to date with its own Kindle version, it will be available for FREE December 11-15 through Amazon Kindle.  Get it for your own Kindle HERE.Purple Santa? Great kids book app online or through ITunes- Santa's Zany Wacky Night Before Christmas

 

Third-Limited Opportunity: Post a new review of either the hardback or Kindle version of Santa’s Night Before Christmas (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) on Amazon or Goodreads, send the link to us at info@acpublicationsgroup.com, and we will gift you a copy of the interactive Santa’s Night Before Christmas app through Interactive Touch Books for free.

Reading Santa’s Night Before Christmas for classroom enrichment activities

Choose your own color santa suit- Milk Carton Santas. One of many ways to tie Santa's Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas into classroom activities.

Reading Santa’s Night Before Christmas for classroom enrichment activities is so much fun! We have lots of ways to spark the imagination with this book by encouraging creativity in art, writing, and oral expression! –At home, or in a read aloud classroom or library setting!  Please see our classroom page here for a growing list of ideas of how to enrich your classrooms with our book.

Meanwhile here are a few thoughts:

  • After reading the book and finding out that there is no longer Milk and Cookies, but instead Tea and Honey, introduce a Tea and Honey Party. It can be as formal or as informal as you like. Bring a variety of teas, maybe some more traditional and a couple of holiday blends, along with some honey. Then expose kids to traditions and tastes of other cultures of which they may be unfamiliar.
  • Initiate a Christmas Caroling activity. After reading the book and talking about funny sounding carolers, discuss the practice of Christmas Caroling. Choose some songs. Make them funny if you wish. Go around to other classrooms and sing carols.
  • In a group setting following a read aloud there are many topics of discussion that could be focused upon in verbal format and then flowed into a writing assignment if desired. (Most of these could also be presented in front of the class as well.)
    • What details are in the drawings that that aren’t mentioned in the story? (Hint- hunt for Matches the Mouse!!)
      What other zany and wacky things that could go wrong with Christmas if Santa’s suit were purple?
      What other things could have happened instead? Like could the milk and cookies be turned into carrots and celery? Why or why not? Could the candy canes be chocolate or sour instead of burnt? Would it have been a problem to change the story because of the rhyming?
      Launch for a theme of show and tell – bringing in their favorite holiday book, other books with Santa, or anything else related.
      Talk about cause and effect – consequences; how things relate, how this one change morphed Christmas, and how doing one thing differently day to day might have different effects in our own lives.
      Read the original The Night Before Christmas story (or any other version) and have a compare and contrast discussion
  • Art Projects galore! Have them do an art project of any kind to illustrate any idea of a zany, wacky Christmas. Use your own zany imagination-this book can spark all kinds of artistic expression and creativty.
    • Santas with suits of a different color. Almost any normal Santa project you do can be converted into a purple  Or better yet, you could let the kids express themselves and let them choose what color they want their Santa to be.
    • Similarly, blueberry blue reindeer might be fun! Or let them choose their own fun color.
    • Upside down snowmen and trees of all kinds. Any project you might normally do with snowmen or trees could be done upside down. One I like is the Name Snowmen. Just put the face and hat one on the bottom upside down.
    • Art and Writing worksheets, like “If I were a Zany Wacky Reindeer, I would…” Download: Zany wacky reindeer worksheet.  Please see the classroom page for more ideas; as well as that is where we will be posting new ones.Worksheet to go with Santa's Zany Wacky Just Not Right Night Before Christmas available hardback, kindle or via Interactive Touchbooks app.

Parade Magazine and Velvet Giggles feature Santa’s Zany Wacky in Holiday Gift Guides 2014

Original Article on Books for Kids from Parade: Read Now

Video Review on Christmas Gift Ideas: Watch Now

We are very proud to be listed in Parade Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide -Books for Kids this year.  There are always so many wonderful titles to look over.  It is such a passion of mine that we keep reading out loud to kids, so to be included in an article in which the author is looking forward to reading our book snuggled up with her niece this holiday season makes me proud!  I certainly think that Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas is a book worthy of an annual holiday tradition.

And the video gift guide by Velvet Giggles is a delight.  Again, we are very proud to be included.  If you’ve never seen a review by Renae, you are in for a treat.  She has some great ideas and has a way of making me want all of them!  Enjoy!

Oh- and in case you missed it, we are now available in Kindle format as well as a great interactive app.  For more on the interactive version go to Interactive Touch Books.  You can click on Santa turn his suit from purple to red, hear jets roar, sleighbells ring, snowmen turn upside down and so much more!

Parade Magazine and Velvet Giggles holiday reviews

 

Black Friday starts early with Santa’s Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right Night Before Christmas

Fun holiday book! 3 ways to enjoy our purple Santa through cyber Monday!

Starting today……through cyber Monday, December 1, 2014, you can get $5.00 off every copy ordered plus FREE shipping, while quantities last!  That is just $13.95 per copy.

Kindle version also available through Amazon at $3.99.

Or……try our new interactive app by downloading the Interactive Touch Books app through iTunes, and then downloading the Santa’s Zany Wacky app for just $1.99.  There you can find Matches the mouse on every page, listen to carolers sing funny, turn Santa’s suit from purple to red to purple, make trees and snowmen turn upside down and much more!

We are starting early and have 3 different ways you can enjoy our purple Santa!

 

 

How to Deal with Children and the Holidays After Divorce

Get great tips on how to handle children and the holidays after divorce at www.purplesantasuit.com

So you think you’re moving along and adapting to your new split-family living situation, but then wham,  how will you handle the children and the holidays after divorce.  You take your children to their Dad (Mom) on Tuesday and you’ll see them again on Saturday.  It is a bumpy cycle and much to be learned, but you’re getting the hang of it.

Then what do you spy on your calendar as you turn the page?  The next major holiday doesn’t fall on Tuesday?  It doesn’t fall on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday either.  You realize you are going to have to go dig out those divorce papers and see what year it is and if it’s odd or even and if you get to see your children or if you’ll be attending that holiday function without kids in tow.  So what can you do to make split-family living better during the holidays?

 

  1. Have Fun!  Remember that even though this is a transition time in your lives it is still the holiday season and it should be FUN!  Read silly books together with your kids, like Santa’s (Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right!) Night Before Christmas. Watch old movies and Christmas specials.  Bake cut out cookies.  Go look at Christmas lights. Sing Christmas Carols.  Play in the snow if you have it.  Make snowflakes if you don’t. Do anything to lighten the mood.  It is still supposed to be FUN!
  2. Communicate.  Communication is key to everything, and the holidays are no exception.  Talk to your kids and ex-spouse.  Maybe the every other year thing is too confusing.  Maybe your kids are feeling left out.  They might even feel guilty that Mom or Dad is alone.  See if you can work on a schedule that works better.  Some families opt to split the holidays by time, so that a child is with one parent until 2:00 and the other for the remainder of the day.  Some opt to split the holidays so that the kids know that every Thanksgiving they will be with Mom and her family for the entire day, but that every Easter or some other holiday they spend it with Dad and his family.  That allows traditions to build and nobody has to stop right in the middle of the fun.   A book like We’re Having A Tuesday will also help your kids communicate any feelings they may be having about missing out on one thing or another.
  3.  Put your differences aside.  Maybe for a day, an hour, but do whatever you can.  If you can manage to go to a pumpkin patch and carve pumpkins great.  If you can only handle opening gifts all together, so be it.  If it means sharing a piece of holiday pie and some eggnog, great!  Any amount of time you can spend all together will be the biggest gift you can possibly give to your kids.  Remember you are doing it for them.
  4. Plan Ahead.  Don’t be agreeing to the schedule the night before.  Inevitably there will be a child eating back to back turkey if there is no plan.
  5. Be flexible and reasonable, and keep your word.  If you plan to have your child home at 2:00 and it’s 2:15, don’t make a big fuss to your ex-spouse.  Things have a way of taking a little longer than expected during the holidays.  But don’t purposely ignore the agreed upon schedule.  That only sets your child up to be caught in the middle of your frustrations.
  6. Agree on gift giving methods.  Will you each be buying gifts separately or together?  Will you coordinate so you don’t both give the same thing?  Who will take the children shopping to purchase gifts for each of their parents?  How will they be paid for?  It is perfectly acceptable to teach your children the art of giving, even if it means you are buying a robe for your ex-wife.
  7. Establish new traditions.  You can incorporate old ones if you wish, but it might be time to start some new ones.  Maybe every holiday morning you will serve homemade cinnamon rolls. Maybe birthdays will now always be celebrated by waking up with balloons.  It is good to incorporate new so that whatever might be missing from the old might not be as missed.
  8. Let the love shine.  Allow your child to communicate with the missing parent. Maybe it will be a quick telephone call, maybe it will be a quick pick up to walk around the block.  In any case, your child is possibly celebrating a holiday without one of the most important people in their life.  It’s okay for them to want to share part of it with them.