Christmas is nearly upon us. And that means, so are the school holidays. That coveted time off work will be replaced by round-the-clock quality time with the kids. All of which you’ll need an extended holiday from when it’s all said and done. Or, at least a few hundred gin & tonics to take the edge off.

Rad Dad Rockstars

It’s not all bad. In fact, it can still be quite rad if you just put in a little effort to make this time as fun and memorable as possible. Here’s how to make some lasting memories and create some awesome stories for their 21st birthday party.

Make up your own Advent Calendar.

Christians traditionally use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas. Somehow, marketing got ahold of it and decided that it’s a cool way to sell 25 pieces of chocolate in a crappy cardboard box with die-cut doors that never seem to relinquish their sweet bounty.