So this year we are going light on the Christmas gifts for the kids. We have been wanting to do that for years but it seems like once the Holidays hit the cart just keeps getting fuller and fuller and before I know it the kids each have 8-10 presents. Well Santa is broke this year and I want my children to realize that gifts are not “everything” that the Holidays are about. Therefore, I decided to do more tradition and celebrating this season to make up for the lack of gifts. After all tis the season of making memories….not opening presents.
I wanted to dedicate myself to doing something every day of December, up until Christmas. I wasn’t sure I could actually commit to something like this since time is rare and very precious these days but since I’m a crazy woman who always piles too much on her plate I had to jump all in. I have seen the idea of reading a book every night to your child leading up to Christmas. These are typically Christmas books and each night the child picks one to read. I liked this idea but wanted to put my own spin on things. We try to read every night to begin with so that wasn’t going to be as special for the boys. Therefore, I made 4 categories. Books, Crafts, Christmas Movies or Food. I broke down all of my ideas and then spread them out on a spreadsheet throughout the month. Now there was a little bit of science involved. I tried to leave in depth crafts or the food activities for the weekends because our weeknights are very busy. So for during the week I had books, movies,easy crafts or coloring that the kids could complete easily and quickly. Again trying to set myself up to not fail at this project. Haha!
So far we are in day 4 and it’s going well. We have done a book and 2 crafts. The boys look very forward to opening their gift and I’m pretty sure they have told everyone they know about it. However, it’s usually phrased like, “Mom let’s us open a gift every day this month.” Most kids are super jealous because they think I actually bought them 25 gifts which is not the case. Score for looking like Mom of the Year!! 😉
Honestly, I encourage everyone to try this sometime. It’s been fun and really only took a couple hours of prep work for the whole month. Plus, it gives me an excuse to make fun memories every night of the week which is sometimes hard to get in when life gets busy. I will definitely cherish these moments when the kids are too cool for such holiday celebrations.
Here is a breakdown of what we are doing this month. Hope you find some fun ideas for yourself!! Merry Christmas season and enjoy!
Day 1 – “I Love you Forever” Book – yes it’s not Christmas related but it’s all about family which I love.
Day 2 – Mistletoes Craft
Day 3 – Winter coloring pages (all free)
Day 4 – “You can do it, Sam” Book
Day 5 – Handmade Ornaments
Day 6 –Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Day 7 – Sock Snowman
Day 8 – “Rudolph Red Reindeer” Book
Day 9 – “Happiness is a Warm Blanket” Book
Day 10 –Peanut Butter Candy Bar Fudge
Day 11 -“Snowy Blowy Christmas” Book
Day 12 – Chocolate Milk Snowmen
Day 13 – Handprint Reindeer Hat
Day 14 – Reindeer Chow
Day 15 – Snow Globe
Day 16 – “Frozen Read-Along” Book
Day 17 – Strawberry Santa Hat
Day 18 – “Santa’s Workshop” Book
Day 19 –Paper Plate Xmas Character
Day 20 – Cheese Ball and Crackers
Day 21 – Frozen Popcorn Snowballs
Day 22 – “Velveteen Rabbit” Book
Day 23 – “Night Before Xmas” Book
Day 24 – Charlie Brown Christmas Movie
Day 25 – Elf Movie