Enjoying our time together, without being rushed or falling into the hustle & bustle of the season. During this time, it's so important to keep traditions alive & spend time together as a family. Without letting your to-do list get too giant, try to scale back & spend time with those that you love. How on earth do you do that? We've got you covered, as usual. ;)
How to put your family first in the holiday season
- Set aside specific nights for family fun. Monday is Christmas Cookie night (find a fun new cookie on Pinterest!). Tuesday is Ornament night (make cute new ornaments like these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Ornaments!) Wednesday is Christmas Breakfast day!
- Make a family bucket list and then put the activities on the calendar.
- If dinner is not a good time for everyone to connect, consider trying to make Saturday breakfast a time.
- Remember it is okay to say no to activities. Even the good things can cloud our family time.
- Determine what your regular traditions will be and then do those. Maybe it's a new book every night in December? Maybe a nightly trip around the neighborhood to listen to music & look at the lights.
- Guard the time that you set aside for family. If 7:00 pm is your Christmas book time, don't let a phone call get in the way.
- Spend time after Christmas, reflecting on the year together. Everyone write 5 things that they loved about the last year.
- Set aside the phone. When you are together, dock the phone and be present. (This rule goes for grown-ups)
- Do activities that can involve the whole family. Decorate the kids rooms together (we let every child have a tiny tree & they decorate them with hand-made ornaments. They all help one another.)
- Take the kids with you when you go Christmas shopping. Let them help you plan & pick the gifts.
- Make gifts for the siblings or give each child $1 for the other kids and take them to the dollar store. I have four kids, so each child gets $3.00 and they pick out a toy from the dollar store or dollar section of Target for each sibling. It's so fun to see what they buy. We do this for the grown-ups, too. (Last year I got fake flowers from every child and my husband got gloves, an ice scraper for the car and a puzzle.) It's my favorite thing to see what they think we will like.
What about you? How do you connect? Let us know in the comments!