This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.
The holiday season is a magical time of year in more ways than one. Kids realize that the countdown is on and that they’d better behave themselves to stay off of Santa’s Naughty List. Neighborhoods and communities glow with festive lights and decorations. Music is in the air – everywhere. And families come together to celebrate and spend time with each other, making memories and following traditions, both old and new.
Our family is no exception – Christmas is one of the regular times of the year when my mom and brother visit to spend time with us, and my girls always count down the days until they get here. We have other family traditions as well – we spend Christmas Eve making cookies from the same recipes that my brother and I used to make with our mom when we were kids. And my girls open up one gift each on Christmas Eve – always pajamas that they wear that night and during present-opening the next morning. Also on Christmas Eve every year, my husband sits down with the girls and reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with them.
Some of our traditions have changed over time – up until my aunt died several years ago, my mom’s family always got together for dinner on Christmas night, first at our house when I was growing up, and then at my uncle’s house for many years afterward. I still miss seeing the family on Christmas and it really does not ever feel ‘like Christmas’ anymore without going to Uncle Bob’s. My girls’ memories of those get-togethers are very dim now, and I know they’ll remember these years with their uncle and grandmother coming to our house instead, as their family Christmas tradition.
My dad’s family is Jewish, and so when I was growing up we always celebrated Hanukkah as well as Christmas – sometimes concurrently, depending on when the 8 days of the Festival of Lights would fall every year. My memories of lighting the Menorah with my dad and brother are some of my most cherished holiday memories too. Since we got plenty of presents on Christmas, we always would get only two for Hanukkah – a ‘big’ one on the first night and a smaller one (usually a board game) on the second. I also light the Menorah with my own kids every year, and they open one Hanukkah gift each – usually books, which is what my 3 bookworms love most anyway. 🙂
Johnson & Johnson products have always been a part of my holiday traditions – everything from sticking Neosporin and Band-Aids on cuts after holiday gift mishaps or taking a couple of Motrin for the inevitable headache at the end of a very loud and boisterous day, to using Neutrogena cleansers and lotions to help look my best when getting ready for holiday parties or get-togethers. I recently received a box of Healthy Essentials products that will help make our holidays a little brighter this year and am looking forward to trying them out.
Our supply of BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages is restocked, and my face has never been cleaner now that I’m using the CLEAN & CLEAR® Night Relaxing Deep Cleaning Face Wash before bed every night. I don’t tend to wear much makeup, but we’re looking at getting family portraits done this weekend, so I’m very glad to have NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin® Liquid Makeup and AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® Targeted Tone Corrector to help me look as good as I can for the camera.
Don’t miss out on the savings during this holiday season – all throughout December you can save up to $35 on some of your favorite Healthy Essentials products, leaving more of your budget to spend on gifts for your loved ones!