MetroKids December 2013 Preview

Gifts & Glad Tidings

Confession: I am a last-minute holiday gift shopper. As much asI admire those organized types who have checked-off lists and wrapped presents by now, I work better up against a deadline — occupational hazard.

Just because I’m a seasonal procrastinator doesn’t mean that gifts and the greater significance of the holidays haven’t been on my mind. Our December issue is full of ideas to help families get through this festive yet often overwhelming time of year with grace, good health and good humor (more than necessary when sibling rivalry turns present-opening into a competitive sport).

Before you read anything else, click on our holly-jolly Ultimate Holiday Guide and sync up your calendar. The Philly region twinkles with so much seasonal spectacle, you’ll want to get started on your lights- and sight-seeing as early as possible.

The area attractions showcased in Family Fun also play a starring role in our love letter to giving and getting family memberships to the wonderful cultural institutions we’re so lucky to live among.

Our readers get into the act for MK’s annual Toy Test. Real moms, dads and kids put the buzziest toys on the market through their paces and reported back. We hope their candid reviews help you select gifts your kids will truly love.

Speaking of truly loved gifts, a few familiar faces fill us in on the item that wowed them the most when they were kids. Our staff does the same in the photos below (pictured: Allison's My Size Barbie, Christina's Fisher Price Farm, Dave's shiny bike, Darlene's Stretch Armstrong and Pam's Easy Bake Oven).

Hands-down, the best holiday gift I ever received was a subscription to Seventeen magazine back when I was 12. Clothes, boys, movies, friends — the articles all spoke directly to my tween self, and I devoured every word, cover to cover. If my parents paid $10 for 12 issues, I’d be surprised. But what the gift lacked in initial financial outlay has recouped itself immeasurably since.

I have no doubt that gift set me on a path toward a job I love, transcending its holiday moment. If all goes well, once I finally get to my shopping this year, I’ll choose a gift for my sons that stays with them long after December 2013 has gone, fulfilling the love inherent in the holiday season.

Wishing you the season’s best,



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