Happy holidays everyone, and Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends! I hope this season is bringing you more joy than stress as we wind down our last few weeks of shopping, cookie baking, and everything else that needs to get done this holiday season. Take a breather and check out what's going on over at SantaRosaMom.com.
<a href="http://santarosamom.com/forum/topics/must-have-gifts-for-2012" target="_blank"><strong>Must-have toys</strong> </a>
I'm sure your child has already given you their Christmas list, and like mine, is adding to it daily. What's topping their list? Share your child's favorite toy requests in the forums, and while you're at it, check out the <a href="http://village.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/10784/10-of-the-best-toys-of-2012/">Top Ten toys for 2012</a> in my blog, The Village.
<a href="http://village.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/10747/gift-ideas-for-the-broke-at-heart/" target="_blank"><strong>Cheap gifts</strong> </a>
You don't have to spend a fortune to give gifts this year. I give some easy ideas in my blog for gift giving among friends and family that will allow you to give something meaningful and not break the bank.
<a href="http://www.santarosamom.com/forum/topic/listForTag?tag=Christmas" target="_blank"><strong>Holiday ideas</strong> </a>
Curious about the normal amount to spend at Christmas time? How about some cute DIY gift ideas? Perhaps you'd like a recipe for <a href="http://www.santarosamom.com/forum/topics/peppermint-bark" target="_blank">peppermint bark</a>, how to make <a href="http://www.santarosamom.com/forum/topics/salt-dough-ornaments" target="_blank">salt dough ornaments</a>, or even an idea on how to make an <a href="http://www.santarosamom.com/forum/topics/pennant-advent-calendar" target="_blank">advent calendar</a> (it's still not too late!). We have dozens of ideas in the SantaRosaMom.com forums. Click on the link above and become inspired!
<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Family Events</strong></span>
Saturday, Dec. 15
<strong>Breakfast with Santa at Costeaux:</strong> It's a little known secret that Santa Claus loves croissants and hot chocolate almost as much as he loves milk and cookies. Join him for his annual breakfast at Costeaux French Bakery in Healdsburg, where kids can enjoy holiday decorations, music and holiday fun while visiting Santa. 9-11 a.m. 417 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg. <a href="http://www.costeaux.com/" target="_blank">costeaux.com</a>
<img class="alignright wp-image-34374" src="http://707.pressdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Santa-Helicopter-300x225.jpg" alt="" width="240" height="180" />Saturday, Dec. 15
<strong>Santa Fly-In:</strong> The big guy makes his grand appearance at Pacific Air Coast Museum in Santa Rosa, leaving his sleigh back home at the North Pole, and flying in on a REACH helicopter! Free goodie bags and activities for kids, a hot dog lunch for purchase, and more. FREE. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 2230 Becker Blvd., Santa Rosa. <a href="http://www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org/" target="_blank">www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org</a>
Sunday, Dec. 16
<strong>Boat Shack Santa: </strong> Mr. Claus brings his "water sleigh" (aka boat) to Nick's Cove on Tomales Bay in Marshall, hanging out at the festively decorated Boat Shack from 3-5 p.m. There will be free hot cocoa and cider, and anyone who brings canned food for the Marin Food Bank will receive 15% off food and winter cocktails at Nick's Cove Restaurant. 23240 Hwy 1, Marshall. <a href="http://nickscove.com/" target="_blank">nickscove.com</a>
Have a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you on the forums!