PDX Parent December 2016

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Play Room
Best-of-the-season holiday shows, books to teach kids about giving back and a blog with gorgeous photos of mamas feeding their littles. 

Toy Stories
The best local gifts for everyone in your life, from babies to grandparents. By Julia Silverman.

Boxing Day
Keep the gifts coming all year with subscriptions to these delivery-box services. 

Over the River and Through the Woods
Crisscrossing Oregon, from Astoria to the Wallowas,in search of great winter getaways. By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore.

Field Trip
Three fantastic places to volunteer with your kiddos in Portland. By Julia Silverman.

Hands On
Whip up a super-sweet gingerbread house centerpiece, no sugar necessary. By Amber Gauntlett.

Daddy Issues
A daughter gets a first pet, but it’s her dad who has kittens. By Ryan White.

Family Supper
Line your belly with some down-home Southern cooking from Patton Maryland, plus our picks for the town’s best ’cue. By Denise Castañon.

Recipe File
Cozy up on a cold morning with a steaming bowl of oven-baked oats. By Darcy Kochis.

Editor’s Note
December is the darkest month of the year and for so many of us, this year the darkness feels especially deep. And yet, the light will find its way back, starting on December 22, measured in moments. We don’t have to wait for the winter solstice. Start now and light up this darkest season — hold your kids closer and teach them that they can change the world. Be extra, extra tender with those you love. Breathe deep. Make time for a long walk. Share a meal with friends. Smile at strangers. Volunteer. Speak up for what’s right. Donate. Don’t ever give up.
 
Here’s one way to help: Join us for the first ever PDX Parent Cares event on January 20 and 21, 2017 to volunteer at great, family-friendly nonprofits throughout the metro area, including Meals on Wheels, Friends of Trees, Harper’s Playground and the Forest Park Conservancy. Watch our Facebook page and pdxparent.com for more info, then come do some good for the world with us, and let some light back in.  

Julia Silverman

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