Lite FM has started playing Christmas music. In my
family, that is the official start of the holiday season. So before
things start to get hectic, let me challenge you to think through
what is really important to you this holiday season. If you are not
intentional about your time, it will sucked up and the holiday
season will slip through your fingers.
Shopping is frustrating this time of year. There
are lots of shoppers, lines and unfortunately, cranky people. Plus
the more you shop, the more likely you are to spend too much. So,
make a list of what you want to get for whom and stick to it. Try
to get your shopping done all at once or (gasp!) online at
Stay at home
Make sure you spend time at home. Enjoy the
Christmas decorations you put up. Light a fire, put on your
favorite Christmas music and bake some cookies (here are
our favorite recipes). Spend time talking
with your kids. Learn who they are. Play some games with them. One
of our favorites for elementary age and up is
Ticket to Ride.
Make some keepsake crafts for yourself or to give
to Grandma for Christmas. We really like the
Snowman Keepsake Ornament and many ideas
Christmas Crafts for Kids. You don't have to
invent the craft or make something that looks perfect - just enjoy
the process with your kids.
Help others as a family
Take time to serve others as a family. You can ring
the Salvation Army bell, pick out a toy for one of many toy drives
or take food to a food pantry. You can send a gift to a child
overseas through World
Vision. Why not take cookies to an elderly couple
in your neighborhood, a nursing home or the fire department. Not
only will you be making someone else's day - you will be making an
impact on your child's character.
Plan for some fun
Plan some special activities for your family.
Again, you don't want to book every spare moment, but plan one or
two activities for the month of December. Our kids grow too
quickly. Make sure you are having fun and creating priceless
In case you run out of ideas, here are some of our
favorite Chicago activities:
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Brookfield Zoo Holiday
Polar Express Train Ride to Two Toots Grill
Festival of Lights (lots of cities have parades
Museum of Science & Industry Christmas Around the
See the Nutcracker
Yule Chicago Symphony Orchestra
So, what is your favorite Christmas
Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of three who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of play time together. Beth is also the creator and author www.123homeschool4me.com.
See more of Beth's stories here.
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