Thanksgiving is going to be particularly exciting this year because it will be the first time in months that my family will be all together. I sent my triplets to college in September and they are coming home in a few weeks for the annual turkey day celebration. Can’t wait.
Even before my husband and I dropped them at school, they had already begun thinking about what they would want for Christmas. I had an instant flashback to standing outside the door of the Paramus Toys “R” Us with my sister, ready to face the crowd and race to the Barbie aisle.
The holiday shopping experience has changed with so many of us purchasing our gifts online, but there is still great joy in roaming the shelves and finding the perfect gifts for each member of the family. In this year’s gift guide, we have a smorgasbord of toys, games and other gifts that are sure to please. We even have gifts for your beloved pet.
That being said, I have always been cautious not to overdo it when it comes to spoiling my kids. So how much is too much? We explore that topic in this issue and give parents some guidelines for when enough is enough.
And, many thanks to Skyler Montillo of Lyndhurst, who did her best Veruca Salt impersonation for our cover.
November and December are truly months filled with family celebrations, fun and a great deal of joy. We also have some suggestions for how families can share the holiday spirit with members of the community. While not exactly the “pay it forward” concept, there is great joy in random acts of kindness. Somehow, I think most of us believe that what goes around comes around. Being kind is contagious and good for the soul.