Honestly, I find it overwhelming to parse through all the activities to do with the kids this time of year. And true, you know I had that tortured love-hate relationship with pumpkin patches – so you better believe the same can be said for my feelings towards Christmas sanctioned events. The crowds, the lines, the tears in line waiting to see Santa – it can all be too much for even the most Christmas-obsessed among us (which on some days, I might be, minus the Christmas sweater). So, if you are feeling overwhelmed, then I suggest you turn to the amazing resources and work of some of my favorite area bloggers who do everyone else’s homework for them.
For the can’t- miss anything – comprehensive list of what is happening around the beltway, don’t miss this amazing list compiled by Our-Kids. For keeping up-to-date on what’s happening in Northern Virginia specifically, then head on over to the lovely SuperNOVAMommy – I particularly like her list of ideas for indoor activities as these cold days creep up on us and stick around. And for what’s happening in Montgomery County, check out A Parent in Silver Spring’s fabulous ideas.
And then remember the pumpkin patch fight club rules – they apply across all holidays and major event activities- the pitfalls of all parents when we are eager to celebrate the joy of a new season or holiday event:
Fantasy vs. Reality: you will get there and realize it was a good idea on paper
Staging the Photo-Op vs. Losing Your Mind: the children won’t cooperate and look at the camera at the same time or smile at the same time, so just pack your patience
Hungry Like A Wolf: Do you starve your child? Inevitably they will need snacks and act like you haven’t fed them in weeks, so pack accordingly.
And with that, enjoy these amazing lists and ideas compiled by the lovely area bloggers! Happy Festivus!
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