From the Darien Arts Center
SCENES FROM THE NUTCRACKER, a favorite Darien holiday show performed by the Darien Art Center’s dance companies and geared for younger audiences is available this year through links to performances live streamed by DAF MEDIA. Performances take place on December 12 at 2:00 and 5:30pm. Live stream access is available for $25 and a video-taped version is available for an additional $15 at darienarts.org.
From the Darien Arts Center
WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP
Adults | Wednesday 7-9pm, Dec. 2 | $70
Adults | Friday 7-9pm, Dec. 4 | $70
This new DAC holiday tradition returns with more dates scheduled. Come join us for a festive wreath making workshop and a ladies night out! Bring your friends! Wreaths and all materials will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring extra decorations to give their wreaths a more personalized look. Usher in the holiday season with this classic craft! BYO wine and refreshments.
The best gifts aren’t always the most expensive. In fact, free (or almost free) presents usually require a bit more thought, care, and creativity than a “saw this at the mall and thought of you” gift. Giving of yourself and your time and energy will definitely be appreciated by the recipient—and if you’re trying to save money or budget better, it’s a win-win.
Check out these 23 free gift ideas to consider for the holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or any other gift-giving occasion. Even if you aren’t particularly crafty, you should be able to pull off something special and meaningful to celebrate your family member or friend without spending very much money.
This Christmas, it may be hard not to feel a little Grinchy. But before you say, “Bah, humbug,” and try to fast forward into the new year, look for ways to find some fun this holiday season. The coronavirus pandemic may mean your Christmas won’t look exactly the same as it usually does, but you can get creative and find some new ways to celebrate—and some of your ideas may be so good you’ll make some new traditions along the way.
Here’s how to make your Christmas special, even if concerns about COVID-19 mean you’ll have to celebrate the holidays away from your friends and family.
From Connecticut Children's Medical Center - great resource!
By: Amy Adolfo Signore, PhD, MPH and Emily Wakefield, PsyD
This year has been difficult to say the least. With the holidays approaching – and the challenges and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic still ongoing – you may be wondering how to help your child cope with the disappointment of things being different this year.
Connecticut Children’s pediatric psychologists join the blog with advice.
(We’ve grouped suggestions by age, but tips for younger children apply to older children and adults alike.)
0-3 years old: Focus on quality time during the holidays – and don’t worry about the details.
From Connecticut Children's Medical Center - check them out!
With coronavirus numbers on the rise across the country, your family may be preparing for a different Thanksgiving this year – no trip to grandma’s house, no overflowing dinners with extended family and friends.
If you’ll be celebrating virtually with loved ones who aren’t in your quarantine group, here’s how can you make it special.
It’s hard on everyone to skip favorite holiday traditions. But as with so much else during the time of coronavirus, we can try new, quarantine-friendly ideas to fill in for what we’ll miss. It may even add new meaning to your holiday.
The holidays are a magical time, especially for kids. But this year, the pandemic is forcing families to rethink how they make that magic happen. With Thanksgiving approaching, and Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa next in line, how can you keep your family safe from COVID-19 while still making this year special?
To help, Connecticut Children’s is kicking off a weekly series of ideas to inspire and delight your kids this holiday season – even in quarantine.
#1 HOLIDAY PHOTO CONTEST If you start this one now, you can reveal photos as part of your Thanksgiving virtual celebration – and even have plenty of time to print cards to send as your actual holiday greetings!
Step 1. Decide the ground rules for your holiday photo contest.
Step 2. Create a holiday photo “tip list.” Thanks to social media, lots of older kids and teens already know how to take a great photo – but to help everyone in your extended family succeed, consider writing out a tip list. Feel free to borrow ours:
Step 3. Announce the holiday photo contest to family and friends. Record a quick video of your child announcing the contest. For example: “Get ready for your close-up! This Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/holiday season, I hope you’ll join our photo contest! Check out the rules and tips. And say CHEESE!”
Attach the video to an email or social media message to your extended family and friends. Include the rules (Step 1) and tip list (Step 2). How can they say no?
Step 4. Let your child be your art director! When it comes to your household’s photo submission, the best way to make the experience special for your child is to involve them every step of the way. This means saying yes to even their silliest suggestions. Sure, maybe your idea of a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” family photo never involved Halloween costumes from years past or everyone wearing handmade cardboard hats – but it’s sure to bring your child lots of joy. And that’s the whole point, isn’t it?
Have a safe and happy holiday season!