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With the weather turning nasty in the last week before Christmas break, many students are receiving an extended Christmas vacation this year. For you parents who are hopeful that your kids will be back in school tomorrow, however, there are a few last-minute ideas for Christmas parties that you might want to take into consideration.

1) Keep it simple! Many teachers may have scheduled the party for Thursday, and you may be uncertain as to whether or not there will even be a party on Friday. Send soda, napkins, or chips--things that will last if they have to come home again!

2) Bake up a batch of classic chocolate chip cookies. As the Christmas season rolls in, you'll have more and more opportunities to use them anyway.

3) Prefer homemade? You've probably got a box of cake mix sitting around in a cabinet somewhere. Throw a cake together; or, for something unique, mix up a box of pudding and pull out a container of cool whip, and turn it into trifle.

4) Don't sweat it! Remember, most of the fun of the party is in not having to do classwork anyway.

Many students are crossing their fingers and hoping for another snow day tomorrow. For those who are party happy, put them to work! With any luck, they'll bake up plenty of goodies to share with their classmates, and with no work on the parents' part. On the bright side, if school ends up being canceled again, you'll have plenty to much on.

And if you don't want to let all those goodies go to waste (or to your hips), try freezing them. Most baked goods will last for up to three months in the freezer, especially if they're properly stored.

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