I love this time of year. From the music and decorations to the shopping and even the corny holiday specials, I love to get wrapped up in all the craziness. (Pun intended.)
For me the holidays have always been chaotic. As a kid, we went to no less than three family Christmas events within two days not counting our celebration at home. Introducing my husband to our brand of holiday celebrating took time and still creates some tension.
Every year, we work to find ways to fit in more time together at home and less running around. We want our kids to not only enjoy the fun and exciting parts of the season, but to appreciate all of the blessings they have all year round. We also want them to understand the importance of giving, not just receiving.
As we put up trees and décor this weekend, I made a list in my head of the things I want our family to do this season to ensure we don’t forget the true meaning. Here are a couple of ideas:
– Buy, wrap and deliver gifts for kids at Children’s Hospital
– Prepare a meal for the families at Ronald McDonlad House
– Donate toys, clothing and books to a local shelter
In the meantime, we are planning some trips with homemade eggnog and hot chocolate in hand to see light displays, brother/sister shopping and maybe even ice skating.
But I’m always open to suggestions. What are your favorite holiday family traditions?