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Friday, December 21, 2012

Holiday Weekend Fun!

The final weekend before Christmas is here!  If your schedule isn’t already filled with last minute shopping, holiday baking, and gift-wrapping, there are a few events around town that are perfectly “holiday.”  Some are free, and some are low-cost.  Here’s the weekend, holiday round-up:

Light Up Louisville- 40 Nights of Lights- Running through December 31, between Fourth Street and the Galt House Hotel; synchronized light show starting at 6pm; Ice skating at Fourth Street Live! (Hours of Operation: Nov 24 - Dec 28. Sun 11:30 AM - 8 PM, Mon-Thu 11:30 AM - 9 PM, Fri and Sat 11:30 AM - Midnight. $5 an hour for adults, $3 an hour for children under 18. Day passes available for $10 per person, or buy a season pass for $40! Skate rental available for $2)

Santa’s Wonderland- now through December 24 at Bass Pro Shops in Clarksville, IN; FREE photo with Santa and much more; check the website for complete details and activity schedule

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Getting Through the Grief

Tomorrow morning, it will have been exactly one week since an act of violence at Sandy Hook Elementary forever changed our entire country.  Our hearts have been heavy, and it may feel like peace is nowhere in sight. 

A very thoughtful article sent to me from Bob Mueller, Senior Director of Mission & Stewardship at Hosparus, made me think about this intense grief that we’re all feeling in a different, hopeful way.  I hope this excerpt from it helps your heart heal.
As they walk through grief, many people learn to make their own decisions, to forget their old selves, and to begin being better and stronger persons. They realize the need to keep on living and loving. There is marvelous power in accepting the fact that a change in our lives has occurred. Something has been lost, but new experiences can be found. The valley of the shadow of death is never a place to live; it is a place to go through.
Photo via Adrees Latif / Reuters

Gift Ideas for Women

There are five shopping days left. Yes, five. Let's cut to the chase here and get you out the door, pronto!

Today's post includes a 'one stop shop' location with lots of fun 'gifts for her' shopping, along with a few other very honorable mentions.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Frazier International History Museum Giveaway

On the 12th giveaway of Christmas, Today’s Family gave to me

a family membership to Frazier International History Museum and a pair of tickets to “Diana: A Celebration.”

Located on “Museum Row” in downtown Louisville, the Frazier International History Museum is home to thousands of items from all over the world and offers live historic performances each day.

"Diana: A Celebration" is a temporary exhibit running through January 13, 2013.  Tickets to attend this exhibit may be purchased online here or by phone 888.71.TICKETS.

Enter below to win this fabulous prize package.  See Official Rules.  Giveaway ends at midnight on 12/25/12.

Update: Our winner is Debra Skaggs.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fun Activities for Winter Break

Due to my dislike of crowds and spending money, my family generally doesn’t do much in the way of entertainment during the Christmas break from school. With that being said, I do like to keep

This year, I am excited by the prospect of “40 Nights of Lights” at 4th Street Live. Starting at 6:00 pm every weeknight through January 1, 2013, and running every hour on the hour until 10 pm, there will be a free light/music show. There are eight different “shows” that will run, which will provide plenty of variety for my family. We can take a thermos of hot chocolate, a few blankets, and just hang out.

I always look to the Louisville Free Public Library for fun and free things to do.

Christmas in My House

That first Christmas that everything was up to me, I was all for dispensing with having a Christmas tree. My kids would have none of it.

So we got the tree, struggled it home, wrestled it into the stand, and dragged it inside. We set it up in a corner of the living room. We put the lights on it and got going putting on several bazillion ornaments.

When a Christmas tree stands in a corner, roughly only 2/3 of its circumference is actually decorate-able, a fact that wasn’t immediately obvious to me until...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Talking to Kids About Tragedy

When traumatic events occur, it is normal for children (and adults) to respond in an anxious and fearful fashion following the traumatic event. In fact, parents need to closely monitor their child’s behavior over the next few weeks since their child’s reaction would be considered normal unless it continues beyond this time. Responses to trauma vary, especially in children, and may range from: acting out behaviors, aggression, crying, tantrums, avoidance of certain places or situations perceived as “dangerous,” engaging in repetitive play that may mimic the traumatic event, and nightmares. However, it is important that parents reassure their children in a simple, factual, yet matter-of-fact fashion about the recent events in Newtown. Here are a few tips:

A) Don’t catastrophize. Hallmark features of anxiety are thoughts of uncontrollability and unpredictability of future events. Anxiety surrounding the recent tragedy is definitely normal and expected in many cases. Children may ask, “Why did someone do this?”

We Give Our Hearts

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families of those from Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut, right now.  We are deeply saddened for those families and that community and will lift them up in our thoughts and prayers daily. 

Photo: AFP/Getty Images
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