Let's be honest... Christmas really is the “most wonderful time of the year,” but that doesn't mean it's absent of much business and stress. It is really important that families make time for each other and create special memories together that will enhance our Joy of Christmas and last us a lifetime!
There are many ways you can do this. How about “25 Days of Christmas?” Your family could make a point of doing something together every day of December to celebrate, create, and keep fun and lasting traditions even when life is hectic and there are so many other obligations.
Some of the activities below are quick and easy, but some take a little more time. Most of you probably already do something like this, but just for fun, here are some ideas you may like to add to your list:
1) Go pick out a tree together as a family.
2) Decorate the tree and the house - this is fun for the kids to do as well! You could even have a fake tree just for the children. They can put it up in their room and add a new ornament to it each year.
3) Watch “Pride and Prejudice” once all the lights are up; it makes the movie feel magical!
4) Bake cookies - you can do this as a family or even have a special baking day with friends!
5) Make fudge.
8) Take a drive around the neighborhood to look at lights - don't forget the hot chocolate!
9) Make a gingerbread house together or let the kids do their own little one. There are great ideas online for making a little house out of graham crackers!
11) Advent Calendars bring a great meaning to each day of the month.
12) Church party.
13) Ice skating.
14) The Nutcracker or another Christmas show playing in town.
15) Caroling in the neighborhood - bring friends!
16) Tree lighting at your favorite mall.
17) Holiday parade in your city.
18) Take a picture with Santa at your local mall. Try not to cry.
19) San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas.
20) San Diego Zoo, Legoland, and SeaWorld all have really great Christmas lights and shows.
21) Disneyland is an all time favorite. They really go all out... and so does the money from your wallet ;)
22) Shopping for each other - have the kids use their own money to buy presents for everyone in the family.
23) Watch your favorite Holiday movies - “Elf,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” etc.
24) A Christmas Eve service.
25) Open presents and have a special family breakfast!
Here's to wishing you and yours a wonderful season filled with wonderful memories.