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Get in the holiday spirit early and keep it going. Don't wait until the last minute to decorate the tree and buy gifts, frantically trying to get everything done at the last minute. When you and the kids are gone from home all day being at work or school, it doesn't leave much time to enjoy the holidays. And the closer it gets to Christmas, the busier it gets. Years ago we started the tradition of decorating for the holidays on Thanksgiving weekend when we were all home and everyone could help. That way we could enjoy it for several weeks after all the trouble we went through getting it together. On free evenings, spend time together wrapping Christmas gifts for grandparents, friends, school, etc. Children love to help with the gifts even if it is only choosing the holiday paper for each gift. Don't do the holidays FOR them, do it WITH them and take time to enjoy it, making warm memories together.