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You were a year that we would like to leave behind and look forward to much better times in 2022. This holiday season and winter break are going to be so much better than last year. We can gather safely with family and friends, visit Santa at the mall, attend holiday light displays, craft sales, concerts, and events like we did in 2019 but covid carefully. December is an especially exciting month for families looking forward to their children ages 5-11 being vaccinated to protect them from the virus that has made so many sick and taken the lives of friends and family. You can book your children for their appointments now at the Supersite or at some pharmacies. Getting children vaccinated will make schools, sports, and programs they attend so much safer. Yes, even vaccinated people can get the virus but if you are healthy, it will feel like a cold or mild flu bug. You won't get seriously sick or end up in the hospital. This fact has been proven over and over. If you are still uncertain, get the facts from your trusted pediatrician or family doctor. The children's vaccine has been rigorously tested to ensure it is safe and effective. Let's make getting vaccinated a positive experience for kids. Make it something special that will allow freedom and take away fear. That will be the most valuable gift this season!

This issue of Winnipeg Parent is offers great information to help your family plan the best winter break and holiday season. Check out our Family Fun Calendar for so many great ideas! Our museums and family destinations are offering programming and events once again. Plan something for every day of the holidays. There are kids camp programs and drop in fun, many of them free of charge. Our city and province offer plenty of outdoor winter adventures and destinations like the Forks, Assiniboine and Kildonan Parks to skate, toboggan and walk. Take a road trip to a town outside Winnipeg to experience rural holiday fun.

Our holiday gift guide focuses on unique ideas for every family member. Let's support local business and help keep them thriving.

The new year is when many schools offer Open Houses. Check out the schools in this issue and start shopping and comparing. Some schools will hold virtual Open Houses once again and some may offer in-person tours.

If you are searching for a new school for your children, check out this section.

I want to wish you and your family a healthy, happy holiday season and New Year! Let's be kind to everyone and spread love and good vibes every day!

Happy Holidays!

Susan



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