From the Editor – December ’23

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Are you a traditionalist? I often think I am, but after attempting to forgo traditions this Christmas, my daughters would tell you I most certainly am not! Yes, we have certain traditions that we have enjoyed every year since they were little consisting of me cooking my famous Chicken Pot Pie on for Christmas Eve dinner, followed by watching A Charlie Brown Christmas and Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas. The kids get to open one gift: pajamas or a new robe to wear that evening. The girls sleep in the same room together that night, even though they are now 23 and 12 years old. We have coffee cake and presents on Christmas morning, followed by brunch with my parents.

I love all these things, of course! All I suggested was moving the whole party to the beach this year. There are ovens and televisions at the beach! And I told them I would bring a tree and even string some lights. All I was trying to change was the location. Well, they wouldn’t hear of it. I lost that battle, but if it means that much to them to be home, I suppose I should feel grateful and let it go. (I’ll drag them off somewhere on the 26th!)

Kimberly Blaker offers several ideas for enhancing your Christmas season in Holiday Traditions For You and Yours to Treasure. “A cozy escape” was one suggestion (obviously my favorite), and unlike mine, maybe your family will go for the notion. Whether at a mountain cabin, beach condo, or home, you’ll find many new traditions, including shopping dates, baking holiday treats, playing White Elephant, and supporting a needy family, to name a few. The goal is togetherness, no matter how you plan to spend your holidays—sharing love and making memories with those we hold most dear. Also, check out our Holiday Happenings Guide and Family Calendar for events around town and a short drive away to enhance your family time even more this December.

Merry Christmas from all of us at River Region Parents! We look forward to 2024 as we continue our parenting journey together!


DeAnne is the Editor and Co-Owner of River Region Parents who loves investing in her family, making lasting memories and deposits of love into each of their lives. As a wife, and mother of three, she understands the importance of having resources available to assist the family. That's why she's been passionate about publishing the best family content in the River Region.

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