Holiday BUZZ is everywhere! It truly excites me to get into the holiday spirit as a family. Now, I’ll be honest with you, my husband has not been one to get merry and bright during the month of December. He works in retail SO listening to Christmas music on re-run and putting in an abundant hours even on days off isn’t exactly his cheeriest time of year.
It has become even more important to me to have simple yet meaningful ways to celebrate this season so here are a few ways we get in to the holiday spirit as a family (and yes, hubby approves)!
We were eager to get started so we could enjoy our decorations the whole month. The boys and I spent the day after Thanksgiving decorating, listening to Christmas music, and sipping hot chocolate. When, hubby arrived home, he helped put the finishing touches – keeps everyone happy!
The decorating experience provided so much sensory input for my little sensory seekers as well! No secrets here – a few ornaments were broken in the process (the sentimentals are still in the boxes) and I have rearranged the furniture after the little guys could not stop grabbing the tree! Now, our decorations are very kid-friendly and minimal since we have a small space but it’s the time spent together making our home merry that’s important.
Creating memories is one of the most important things to me! I honestly love all the holiday arts and crafts! We made some hand print salt dough ornaments.
And our Elf on the Shelf (who has spent more time “sleeping” on the shelf than not) brought us some lovely gel window clings!
Simple but easy and memorable!
We want the boys to learn the importance of GIVING. We spent some time cleaning out their room and donating toys. This month we have also donated to support Toddler E’s preschool with Operation Christmas Child boxes, the ACTS’ food drive, and a collection for pregnant mothers.
It is easy to overlook the true meaning of the season. The holidays are far more than just trees and presents. I find value in creating meaningful traditions. Having family traditions helps build excitement as we count down the days until Christmas.
A few family traditions we have are taking a family drive around to look at holiday lights, we enjoy visiting Santa, reading Christmas stories, watching holiday movies, and making gingerbread houses.
We try to find a happy balance of fun but not too busy and being mindful about what the kids will enjoy which equals a happier family time overall!
What are your family traditions for getting into the holiday spirit?