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Letter from the Editor December 2012

Kayla Mossien

As we exchange gifts, sip eggnog and hop from one party to the next, take care in noticing what matters most: the nearest and dearest who make our lives worthwhile. This rings especially true after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

The recovery of the super storm revealed a strong sense of community. And in a time when we should be placing twinkling lights on trees, many are rebuilding their homes and lives. This year, I am scaling back on presents for friends and families to donate funds to the American Red Cross, which has been instrumental in helping hurricane victims. Visit www.redcross.org to make a donation.

For those of you fortunate to provide gifts to loved ones, check out our annual adult gift guide “Decadent Delights.” The feature showcases coveted treats for everyone on your list. Techies, creative types and party hosts inspired our selections. Find even more buzz-worthy gifts for youngsters in “Playthings Galore.” Flip to the latter for some of the latest figurines, games, confections and plush collectibles.

As a present to your entire brood, we deliver our Programs Directory. The first installment of this three-month roundup of educational services spotlights afterschool programs, activities and classes, as well as resources. Complementing the list is “Soaring to Academic Heights” by Erin Jackman. The article schools parents on selecting an extracurricular activity for each child. As a bonus, discover top questions to ask when researching programs. Stay tuned for the addition of schools and daycare facilities to the Education Directory in the January issue. Can’t wait until then? Find a complete Education Directory at www.parentguidenews.com.

And as the month comes to a close, winter’s low temperatures begin to settle. Like most of you, I don’t want to be held back by a cold or the flu. For those looking for a drug-free solution to keeping illness at bay, take a gander at “Old-Fashioned Remedies” by Carolyn Harrington. The certified holistic health practitioner shares how to nix health issues the all-natural way. Have an upset stomach? The expert swears by boiling ginger in hot water and adding a bit of sugar. Are the sniffles the culprit of your discomfort? Eucalyptus oils have been shown to treat respiratory problems. Earmark the page for reference when the ones you love feel under the weather.

On behalf of myself and the PG family, happy holidays!

Kayla Mossien