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Christmas books make great gifts for children on your list.

Children’s Christmas books get read over and over. The Littlest Christmas Kitten is one such book. The book weaves the story of a lost kitten into the events of the Holy Night when Baby Jesus is born. The big, bold illustrations grab attention and lead the reader right to the stable.

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Let’s Count Our Blessings on Thanksgiving

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As we approach another Thanksgiving Day, let us give thanks. We are blessed with a great nation, even with its many faults and failings. As a country and as a people, we are better off in the things that matter.

We have peace in our land. We have warm homes and food on our tables. Granted, there are many who do not have these necessities and comforts. But we are a compassionate people, and as a whole, give a great deal of money and goods to needy causes. When there are tornadoes and hurricans, efforts are made to help out our neighbors. It is said that Americans give more money to charity than the rest of the world combined.

Children and families can practice care and concern for others in their own corner of the world. This could be something as simple as a smile or kind word. Even small ways of being helpful to others can make a difference in someone’s life.

We are thankful for our family and friends, each with with its own special joys, satisfactions, and challenges. We’re thankful for the opportunity of being together, especially at holidays.

The men and women serving our country deserve a multitude of thanks for helping protect us and defend our freedom. We remember military families who are missing loved ones from their tables this Thanksgiving.

I want to offer an expression of gratitude to you for being here with me on this journey, and for all the ways you continue to contribute to the world with the gifts and blessings that are you.

Let us give thanks for all our many blessings from Thy bounty and ask God to continue to bless America.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Lee Jackson

 

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A Wish for You

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May this Christmas fill your home with love, peace, and happiness. I hope you will find time to cook with your children this holiday and help create happy memories for them.

DSCN0132 300x225 A Wish for YouThis is me baking cookies with my young friends. Cooking is a fantastic way to interact with your family and friends and have fun doing it.

Merry Christmas!

Lee Jackson

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5 Holiday Food and Fun Ideas for Children

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Help create happy memories for children by involving them in holiday activities.

Here are 5 ideas from Amy Houts’ book, Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids: Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun, that can be the start of fun family traditions.

1. Memories and baking cookies are a big part of the holiday season. Get friends together and have a cookie baking or exchange party.

2. Children can help create simple holiday gifts from the kitchen, such as Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar, Holiday Spice Mix, and Hearty Soup Mix.

3. As a way to recall the many blessings received during the year, place five or more kernels of candy corn in a zip lock bag and give to each child. Decide together what blessing each kernel symbolizes.

4. Check out a cookbook from the library with recipes typical of those used by your ancestors. Make a traditional cookie or bread recipe from that country.

5. Take time to remember the birds. A gift for them, or to a bird lover, could be a pinecone bird feeder you and your child create. Don’t forget to give the birds water, too.

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Get Kids in the Kitchen This Holiday

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Are you saying, “but it takes too long to work with my kids in the kitchen”, or “it’s too messy when they help me”? In her book, Cooking Around the Calendar with Kids: Holiday and Seasonal Food and Fun, Amy Houts says that with a little planning and imagination, you can make holiday baking stress-free and enjoyable. The part children will remember is that they were able to “help” you in the kitchen.

Some points to remember when working with children:

  • Read through the recipe completely from top to bottom. Talk about the recipe. Explain what you will do and what the child will do. Know what needs to be done first, second, and so on.
  • Emphasize hand washing. Be a role model for your child. Practice food safety.
  • Collect all of the ingredients and tools that you need before you begin.
  • Measure everything carefully.
  • Clean up as you go.

Using this strategy, will help make cookie baking or any food work much more pleasant and enjoyable.

To your cooking enjoyment,

Lee Jackson, food writer

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Holiday Gift Idea – Childrens Books Provide Richer Understanding of the Events on that First Christmas.

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Christmas Kittens 300x250 Holiday Gift Idea   Childrens Books Provide Richer Understanding of the Events on that First Christmas.(PRLEAP.COM) The childrens book, The Littlest Christmas Kitten, touches on themes dear to the hearts of children – the love and care of mothers and the birth of Baby Jesus. It is the story of how the lost is found amid a miracle on that First Christmas.

The story is woven around the Nativity and a mother cat searching for her little lost kitten. Before the night is over there is the crying of a baby and angels singing His praises. The night’s events leave a lasting effect on all the animals, especially the cats.

A listing of Christmas symbols at the end of the book gives the origin of the Christmas tree, candy cane, Advent wreath, Christmas cats, and many others. It also offers an explanation of why it is not a good idea to give a kitten as a Christmas gift. If cats are already a part of the family, there are suggestions on how to make sure they have a safe Christmas.

This 32 page hardcover book is appropriate for ages 2-10. Special topics include Baby Jesus, kittens, cats, animals, and a mother’s love.

The Littlest Christmas Kitten received a Midwest First Place Book Award in the Children’s Picture Books category of the Midwest Independent Publishers Association.

The author, Leona Novy Jackson is a former parenting teacher. She stresses the importance of having real books available for children and reading often with them.

Kelly Dupre’s bold illustrations lend a child-like primitive quality to the story. Her wood block prints enrich the text and add power and mystery to the story.

For more information, visit, http://www.ImagesUnlimitedPub.com and view a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU2yNjTkt0w

Lee Jackson
Images Unlimited Books
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Christmas Book for Children

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Here is a 40 second video about this popular Christmas book, The Littlest Christmas Kitten. Just click here.

Books can be autographed by author if ordered before  December 5 on this website:  http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com.

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Giving Thanks and Gratitude for Another Bountiful Year

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Just as early Americans were thankful for surviving that first winter, let us also show thanks and gratitude for all we have received.

There seems to be more of an emphasis on Black Friday this season than on giving thanks for all the good things God has given us. Instead of wanting more and more “stuff”, let’s give thanks for all we have this Thanksgiving Day and everyday.

What are you thankful for? Family, friends? Warm home? Food? Clothes? Good health? Talents? Abilities? Connections? Sky, moon, stars? Trees, flowers, grass, sun?

Give thanks to God the Lord; upon His Name now call.
Make known among the people on earth what He has done for all.
Sing praise to Him, now sing; His wondrous acts proclaim.
Rejoice, all you who seek the Lord; come glory in His Name.

Lyrics by Susan H. Peterson

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Best to you and your family,

Lee Jackson
Food and family living author

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Tips for a Happy Thanksgiving Day With Your Family

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In preparation for Thanksgiving, here are some tips to help you have a happy day with your family by guest Ivana Pejakovic .

Without a doubt Thanksgiving is a day that ought to be filled with hope, gratitude, and happiness. It is a time of togetherness and for appreciation of our family and friends. It is a day to be celebrated in joy and liveliness.

Although this day is great on its own, it is possible to enhance the day for your family. There are many things that can make your Thanksgiving holiday exceptional. Your kids watch and notice much of what you do. How you talk about your family, the attitude you have about this special day and life in general is all being recorded by your kids.

As such this article is intended for parents to examine how they are currently celebrating the day and to find tips that can enhance this experience with their family.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Begin with a thankful mindset: Start the day off with a happy and thankful attitude. You can ask all family members to write down one positive thing about each of the other family members they are grateful for. Decide to read these notes out loud when you are together at the dinner.

Cook together & eat together: Cooking and eating are important for human bonding. Sharing a meal with others is what makes the food even more enjoyable. This is an opportunity to share your daily experiences (the good and the bad) with those you love and those who love you the most. Thanksgiving Day, however, is a good time to share your gratitude with each other. When we share positive ideas with people we grow closer to them. Remember that food is more than just nutrition for the body and brain. It is nutrition for the mind and soul.

Celebrate the gift of life: Thanksgiving is the time to celebrate life, not only by saying “Thank You” but also by stepping out of the home to experience something fun (e.g., family sport game, hike, photography, picking wild flowers, appreciation of nature). Joy and happiness are the best vehicles to gratitude and a zest for life.

Build family connections: As adults, people recall many memories from their childhood years formed during family events. Many adults have great memories of “crazy Uncle George” or “eccentric Aunt Martha” which they speak about with their siblings and cousins. This is a good time to put aside any family disputes. Model good family relations to your children so they can grow up and value the relationships they have with their siblings and extended family.

Be thankful for your family: Much information exists on “How to survive the holidays with your family.” Nobody’s family is perfect and most of us have a family member that is difficult to get along with. Use Thanksgiving Day to remember all the positives about everyone and to recall all the positives they have done for you. Find a subtle way to tell everyone what you appreciate about this family member and watch his or her attitude change that night. This is a great opportunity to show your kids how family can connect.

Volunteer: Give some of your family’s time to a shelter or food bank. This is good for the kids and it is good for you. You will come home with a feeling of contribution, a greater gratitude for what you have, and with feelings of humility. This helps keep us all grounded, but it helps kids form a positive attitude about the life they were given, and it can show kids how their actions can make a difference in their community.

New and old tradition: Sometimes it’s just easier not to cook the traditional favourites or put up the decorations. But believe it or not, these little, seemingly unimportant traditions are what we crave and what we remember from our youth. Celebrate your yearly traditions and think about developing a new tradition that incorporates the uniqueness of your family! As a family unit, what is your strength and what are your interests (e.g., using arts and crafts, visually represent what each of you is thankful for)? Use your family’s uniqueness to establish a new yearly ritual.

Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to your family!

Ivana motivates teens and adults in their 20s to approach life with desire, confidence, and passion.

Ivana also works with the following cases:

* Low motivation

* Stress & time management

* Anger management

* Social skills

* And more…

Life coaching is the perfect gift for your teen or young adult. It provides your child with an early start at success!

Ivana Pejakovic, B.Sc., MA

ivana@lifecoachintoronto.com

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