Happy Holidays and Welcome to the 8th issue of my monthly HSSNTidBits Newsletter!
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Inspiration: “I Will Fight for You”
Seasonal Recipe (LifeSkill)
Christmas Pretzel Hugs
84 square mini pretzels
84 Hershey’s Hugs unwrapped
84 M&M’S red and green
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees
- Unwrap the Hershey’s Hugs and set aside
- Using a large baking sheet place a silicone baking mat on the sheet, place the pretzel on the mat in rows. You can put them all pretty in lines or just fit them all on there.
- Place an unwrapped Hershey’s Hugs on the center of each pretzel
- Put the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 5-6 minutes or until the chocolate is soft but not melted all flat.
- Remove the baking pan and gently push the M & M’s on top of each Hershey’s Hugs.
- Let them cool for the chocolate to harden. You can also place them in the fridge or freezer.
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During this festive time of the year, teach your children about supporting and giving to those who are less fortunate. Have them pick through their clothes, school supplies, toys, and other things that they might not want or use any longer. These can be donated to shelters, orphanages, foster homes, and more. Set aside a day and locate a few places with your children and have them do some research on the organizations that manage them. Other great ideas include donating canned goods to food pantries, volunteering your time at a nursing home, and delivering meals.
This teaches your children to be humble, kind, and generous. It also shows them that some people struggle daily and have difficulty enjoying something as familiar as a hot meal. It’s unfortunate, but the holiday season is not a festive time for everyone. The desperate and needy remain in that state regardless of the holidays but teaching your children that they can make a difference through empathy and compassion is a valuable life lesson. It’s one that has the power to brighten another person’s day.