Here are few things our family enjoys during the holiday season:
o Talking about the 'Reason for the Season' and The Christmas Story.
o Drink cocoa and watch Christmas cartoons until the kids and Daddy passes out.
o Christmas stories- a story a day.
o Driving around to see Christmas lights around town and other large lit up neighborhoods.
o We always open a gift on Christmas Eve- New Christmas pajamas and socks!
o Bake cookies and other baked goods to share with our neighbors and other community folk.
o We buy breakfast for the garbage truck men and a soda as a Christmas thanks.
o Crafting time and making ornaments together.
o We actually do snack cakes in our stockings every year with a giant candy cane, a chocolate cross and little stocking stuffer gifts.
o Driving down the road singing Christmas songs until the cows come home.
o Buy a gift for a boy and a girl for the Salvation Army's Boys and Girls Club.
o The kids are required to go through their toys and give up a majority of them in order to get new gifts. -We donate them to Salvation Army, Purple Ribbon thrift store that benefits a local Battered Women Shelter or the local Christian Ministries thrift store.
o Random Acts of Kindness when the moment arises.
o The kids take turns donating to the Salvation Army bell ringers at the store. (Sometimes I feel so guilty and wrong if we don't donate and walk past, but we don't always have cash or the extra to give)
New things we have started this year:
Elf of the shelf- acts of kindness with a little mischief fun. (I am not into wasting and writing notes to the kids of different things they can do to be good or do good is a much better option)
Making a Gingerbread house as a family.
Christmas tree silhouette dancing.
We are scheduled to help with a bagged lunch put together at a local soup kitchen when the kids are out of school.
Attend a Live Nativity Scene.
Advent calendar with scripture, games, songs and other activities each day.
*Posts about all of our Christmas fun to come soon!
Do you stay with old traditions and carry them on and add some new ones in like us?