Merry Christmas from Smart magazine

Illustration by Samantha Dellinger

Merry Christmas, Smart readers. Hopefully your house was on the “nice” list this year and you’re enjoying a day filled with family, friends and the holiday spirit.

My one Christmas wish for you: None of these dreaded toys made it under your tree.

Here are a few ideas to fill the downtime after the wrapping-paper frenzy and Christmas dinner:

Send the kids on a hunt. The hidden-picture finder at right was in yesterday’s edition of the York Daily Record. Download a full-size version of the image to find 12 hidden holiday objects.

Remember Christmases past. Ask Grandma and Grandpa if they ever saw the live monkeys at P. Wiest’s while shopping in downtown York for the holidays.

Savor some screen time. “Django Unchained,” “Les Misérables,” “Parental Guidance” and “West of Memphis” all open today; get movie times at If you prefer to hole up at home, “A Christmas Story” will loop on TBS through 8 p.m.

Get crafty. Snag a few minutes of downtime while the kids complete this festive nutcracker coloring activity. When they’re finished, print him out and you’ll have a decoration to display on your dinner table.

Check out the lights. Many popular area light displays are dark for the Christmas holiday, but Gift of Lights at Elizabeth Farms in Lititz is open today. For details, call 717-626-8733.

Enjoy a gift from Smart. The January/February 2013 Smart e-zine is here. Get etiquette tips to start the new year off on the right foot — including when to send thank-you notes for your holiday haul.

April Trotter

Editor of Smart. NEPA transplant. Penn State and Shippensburg grad. Kickball and craft beer enthusiast. Collector of cardigans. "Bennie and the Jets" fanatic. Contact me at, at "Smart magazine" on Facebook, @SmartMagPA on Twitter or by phone at 717-771-2030.

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