WHOAH! It’s almost Christmas and I am not ready. Not in the slightest. I haven’t even finished putting up the Christmas decorations and it’s the middle of December. Procrastination is a “gift” of mine. Just ask my super-patient and sweet boss, Justin Hawkins. But Christmas will be here in 2 short weeks, and they will fly by whether I like it or not, so I better get busy. I have so many special memories with my family on Christmas morning opening up presents, singing Christmas carols with friends, decorating cut-out cookies and getting sick on too much icing… ALWAYS listening to Christmas music. It’s the best. Music makes everything better. The magic of Christmas doesn’t just show up because it’s December, though. Have you noticed that? The older I get, the more I realize that all of those magical things we did when we were kids, all the TRADITIONS that are special to me… they took work and they took initiative. (Yikes! Sara is not a planner. Sara is a fly by the seat of her pants, make plans last minute, change plans last second, over-commiter, show up late but with a smile kind of girl.) This girl needs help. So, when Beth told me what she and her family were doing this year for the 12 Days of Christmas, I did a happy dance! It’s not overwhelming, it won’t take a ton of time, my kids will LOVE it, and I’ll get some kind of tradition started for my family. Winners all around! I found another blog online with the same idea and will put some of those ideas below. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and take time to create special memories with your kiddos. Put the phones down… and make memories.
Here’s a note from Beth…
Our Calendar is a pretty extreme thing in our house. And, if you’re anything like our family, December is a logistical nightmare. Shopping, parties, pot lucks, company parties, family visits, shopping, baking, Christmas concerts, Christmas lightings, Breakfast with Santa, more shopping, pictures, Church functions, more baking, and endless trips to the grocery store. This year My husband and I made a pact to simplify Christmas and spend time with our kids. So for the next 10-12 day, we are going to do something special each day to celebrate our little family. It doesn’t have to be big or elaborate, just something to ground our family and bring us closer. We started last night with S’mores in the fireplace and a discussion on gratitude.
More Ideas that we found online..
Have a movie night, set a “date” and let the kids decide what you do, make a list of 10 things you are thankful for regarding your children and read it to them, tell the kids a story of your favorite Christmas memory, have a game night, build something together….. Do something for the next 2 weeks leading up to Christmas. Make magical memories. It’s work, but it’s so worth it.