Tis the season to stay busy! Between all the festivities, cookie exchanges, and traveling, we understand December can be a hectic month. This is why we are providing all the best tips and tricks to help you thrive this holiday season.
First things first, traveling can be a little stressful during the holidays with packing up the whole family and making sure to get to the airport on time.
Bring the Comfort
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Whether you’re traveling by car or air, traveling and sitting in the same position can be very uncomfortable. Pack light and useful items with you that can be used not only during travel but also during your trip. We recommend bringing an eye mask, small travel blanket (or ladies, a large scarf that could double as a blanket), noise cancelling headphones, snacks like our Life’s Grape vine dried grapes snack packs and/or a neck pillow.
Ship Gifts or Give Gift Cards
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If you’re traveling for the holidays and will be exchanging gifts at your destination, TSA suggests you ship your wrapped gifts or wait to wrap it at your destination. Try to ship your gifts to your destination ahead of time (give plenty of time as well to cover for any travel/weather delays) or have your online order shipped directly to your destination. Most hotels will accept and hold packages for you if you call in to inform them ahead of time that you’re expecting a package. This will eliminate adding any additional weight to your luggage. Another tip would be to just purchase gift cards. Gift cards are not only useful to anyone receiving them (and always well-received) but also the most efficient way in keeping gifts “light” for travel. They can be also purchased last minute at any shopping destination - grocery store, convenience store, retailer, etc. for those of you that are a little last minute on gifts!
Keep the whole family busy with holiday activities!
Build a Gingerbread House
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Building colorful and delicious gingerbread houses are not only great for bonding but also a way to display everyone’s creativity while having fun. If you don’t have time to create one from scratch, there are tons of Gingerbread house kits available. Tip: Use our vine dried grapes for added decor!
Make Paper Snowflakes
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This arts and craft activity is so fun and easy to create! There is no wrong way to cut out a snowflake, as each snowflake is unique. We recommend cutting a few of these out and stringing them together from a thread or wire and using it as a garland. You can also string each one individually to use as ornaments.
Last but certainly not least, our favorite activity is whipping up a holiday recipe.
Fruit Compote with Brie
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This 15-minute recipe is the best when you need to quickly put something together that is not only delicious but also serves as a dish that brings people together.
Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bars
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During the winter, sweet treats that are warm and fill the home with a cinnamon apple aroma are comforting and inviting. These Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bars are easy to bake and are a great addition any cookie exchange, perfect for snacking or as dessert!