Holiday Preparation Edition of Talk of the Parent Blogosphere via

With Thanksgiving behind us and the holiday season now officially begun, blogs everywhere are buzzing with holiday preparation ideas.  Whether your a die-hard Christmas fan or just putting up the lights for the kids, you are sure to find a little holiday inspiration everywhere around the blogosphere.  Holiday traditions are what makes the holiday great. Gathering friends and family together, loudly singing carols terribly off-tune, and enjoying the melt-in-your-mouth flavor of the classic pumpkin pie.

For some, the holiday season also brings another visitor.  This visitor is small, sharply dressed, and has a direct link to the Big Guy in the North – Elf on a Shelf!  No matter what your little guy’s (or girl) name, the fun is the same.  The Elf on a Shelf phenomenon has taken on a life of its own now with parent bloggers like Amy from Living Locurto even going so far as to create props and pinnables for their elftastic photo shoot.  For some, however, Christmas is not a time to celebrate Santa, his tiny helpers, and 12 magnificent reindeer, but that doesn’t mean the holidays are any less magical.  If the whole mysterious Santa thing doesn’t work for your family, you don’t have to worry for your children – a magical holiday season is not brought on by the jolly guy himself, but rather, as Stacey over at Tree, Root, Twig reminds us, the magic comes through time spent together as a family and the traditions you make together.

The holidays are all about sharing those special moments with the people in your life that you cherish,which usually translates to an abundance of holiday parties to host and attend.  While running from party to party and prepping for the holidays, it is also important to remember to set aside some time to take care of you.  The holidays can be a stressful time, but if you take a step back and follow some of these tips from Jessica at Found the Marbles to feeling refreshed, recharged, and focused on the holidays you’ll find time to enjoy the holidays without losing any hair.  If you’re like me and Erin from a Parenting Production and still have some shopping to do for the husband before the big day (or set of days), you might be starting to freak out – no need though!  Over the course of the next several weeks, you’ll find a shopping and gift guide for everything and everyone on your list including your stylish husband, the bloggers/techies in your life and your children.

Get a handle on all things holiday with these posts as well:

  • Want to show the people in your life that you care this year?  Give a gift that comes from the heart and hands this holiday season with one of these gorgeous and crafty handmade gift ideas from Simple Homemade.
  • Christmas break is coming, so take this time to prepare some crafts and activities for the kids to do while they’re home to keep them occupied and give you some peace.  These lollipop reindeer from Blissfully Domestic would be a fun holiday craft to do and it would also be a fun treat for the class holiday party!
  • Looking for a fun holiday get together idea?  How about a cookie exchange?  Or maybe a food exchange?  I really enjoyed reading Design Mom’s reminiscent cookie exchange post (with links to recipes) and am actually thinking of having one myself before the season is over.
  • Let your kids make their own Christmas stockings this year with this super simple and no-sew (it’s totally optional) stocking idea from the Untrained Housewife.
  • And now for something completely off subject and awesomely hilarious from Mommy Needs a Break: How People View a Stay-at-Home Mom.

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