December 12, 2019|Christmas, Family
I hope you all are enjoying this Christmas Season so far! It’s only a few short weeks away! I was thinking as I was putting the finishing touches on my Christmas decor and putting in those last few online orders, that I wanted to remind you to take a deep breath, look around you and just be thankful and content. Taking time to remember exactly why we celebrate our faces off this time of year is soo important! I wanted to give you some simple ideas for making your home welcoming, interesting and fun for the children this upcoming season. Don’t forget them!! After all, the magic of the giving season is so much fun when you have children to share it with, whether they are your own or your nieces, nephews, grand babies or maybe just the neighborhood kids you get to love on!
Put books around your home for the children to discover. Yes books! Last I heard, they do still make them! Lol! If you haven’t read ‘The Gift of the Magi’, DO IT THIS CHRISTMAS! It will warm your heart ❤️. I also like to read the Christmas story from the Book of Luke to teach my children that we as a family celebrate the birth of the Savior so long ago and also today in 2019. I have my decorative Nativity displayed but also a kids version that I bought so that the kids can have a “hands on” experience with the little characters.
Include hot cocoa with all the fixins near your coffee pot, so the little ones can warm their tummies also, because “Baby it’s cold outside”! (Not really, I live in Florida). I got these chocolate and marshmallow stir spoons at Trader Joe’s and they are kinda delish! Don’t forget the spray can whipped topping, I mean, why not??
This maybe be an obvious one but, kids love to decorate Christmas cookies! I mean, Santa needs his cookies so he can deliver all those gifts! Get fun picks, candles, sprinkles, cookie cutters, get everything and go all out with those cookies decorations! More than likely, they won’t win the ‘Martha Stewart Cookie Decorating Contest’ but hey, there is always next year.
For my older kids, I like to have a puzzle table with a festive jigsaw puzzle. The kids have already started it and I will probably need a back up but it keeps their minds busy and these mouths quiet. Wait, did I just say that?! My kids are sooo precious! Expert level mom tip, for $4.00, I got a piece of particle board at Home Depot, that makes the puzzle “transportable”. (Just made up a word). This is helpful so that we can transform the puzzle table back into a dinner table within seconds!
Lastly, it’s a good idea to keep some simple, affordable kid gifts around like books, fun pens, stickers, ornaments, socks or whatever little trinkets kids are into this month, for last minute gifting. I like to promote “giving” not just receiving and I love when my kids come to me and have it in their heart to give a random person something, that maybe I hadn’t planned for necessarily. It’s fun to let them pick out a little something from the “extra-stash” that they can wrap and gift to whomever they want. ‘Tis the Season to be……???
Hopefully jolly, thankful, awestruck, generous and full of love this Season!