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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.

Happy hol­i­days!


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