PLAYING TOGETHER Another hot item this year is Playing Together. It doesn’t matter if it’s playing a card game, video game or sports, nothing brings family together (or makes them take sides) more than a little friendly competition. We all like to tell the epic tales of familial victory or defeat: Like the time your brother finally beat abuelo at dominoes, or the one when all the cousins had a footrace in the snowy street. Playing family-friendly sports or other activities can create holiday memories for years to come. ENCOURAGING ONE ANOTHER Holidays can sometimes be a mixed bag of emotions. But by offering the gift of Encouraging One Another, you plant the seeds of self-confidence that will last long after the Christmas tree has been turned into mulch. Haven’t we all benefited from the gift of encouragement from time to time? It doesn’t matter if it’s a huge bag of “You’re really great at ________” or a small box of “I really appreciate you because ________,” make an effort this holiday season to compliment everyone who matters to you.