The Christmas to New Year's break from school is filled with excitement for Santa and sharing our own holiday traditions; a change in pace away from school and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.
In case a Girl Scout family is feeling at loose-ends after a few days of togetherness, here are a few suggestions of things to do for service and fun...
· Do something for others. Call an elderly neighbor… Put out some seed and/or suet for the birds... Write a letter to friend far away... Let your children offer their input on your family's end of year charitable donations.
· Clean out the closet or the toy chest. Donate the things that you no longer want or need to someone who can put them to good use.
· Prepare a meal together with the kids and let them choose the food… Breakfast for supper, anyone?
· Bake some more cookies, or brownies or pie or applesauce or meatloaf or a salad -- and concentrate on the recipe and the measurements. (Build skills!)
· Take a walk in your neighborhood, at the beach or in a local park. Pick-up trash along the way... A Girl Scout always tries to leave a place cleaner than she found it!
· Start compiling your list of Cookie Customers for the upcoming Girl Scout Cookie Program. Which neighbors do you want visit, how will you reach out to family, do have emails ready to enter in the Cookie Club? Find all the details on the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program in a special email on January 4th! Or visit the GSNC Website now to start working on those '5 Skills!'
· Plan ahead: Make a gift for your Girl Scout Volunteers and others who help you throughout the year. Check out these Pinterest page for volunteer gift ideas>>
Frankly, once you get on Pinterest you can probably fill up the rest of the vacation making crafts, trying new recipes and mulling over all the meaningful quotes and pictures of bulldogs and horses. You can follow me (Donna Ceravolo) on Pinterest or check out all of our Girl Scouts of Nassau County Pinterest Boards.
Common Sense Media remains a great resource for families to use in evaluating movies, television, books, games and apps for their suitability for children.
Enjoy the fleeting days of holiday vacation and childhood! There really is a reason for all those clichés, and the time goes by so fast.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year!