Monday, November 25, 2013
Putting the Ho Ho Ho into Hockey & The Holidays
Having a visual game plan can be one of the best ways to keep the family a bit more sane and organized during the busy holidays. I use a dry erase calendar to keep my home team in line. Purchased at any office supply store, be sure everyone can see it by placing it in a spot like your kitchen or family room. That way you can all be on the same page and work as a team to tackle the many tasks of the season. Mark down work, school, hockey and family commitments and schedule holiday shopping, baking and even gift wrapping.
Vento reminds us how a little holiday cheer can go a long way in the locker room too, “Don't forget the coaches with gift cards to their favorite coffee shop-- you want them pleasant right? No Bah Humbugs allowed in the locker room.”
To keep the season smelling fresh, Vento also likes to stock up on her favorite brand of hockey bag air fresheners to keep the funk out of the bags and out of the car, “You don’t want to scare off Santa and his reindeer with hockey stench.” Good call Dana.
You can count on conflicts in the schedule, so setting up a car pool might be the next best thing to Santa's sleigh. Parents are usually always willing to pitch in and help shuttle the kids to their destinations. Make sure you return the favor.
Let’s not forget about warmth during this long, cold season, “It is important that the hockey mom/dad doesn’t freeze because we are not used to North Pole winters. Grab one bag and toss the following items inside: hat, gloves, blanket and an extra sweater or jacket. These items will keep you warm while you’re at the rink and if they never leave your car, you are sure to have what you need, when you need it,” advises Vento.
Stressful? Sure. But we can handle it. We're hockey families. Here’s wishing you an insulated odor-free stocking full of great hockey for the holidays!”