We are now less than a week away from Christmas! How on Earth is that right?! I swear the last few months have just flown by. Time flies when you’re having fun, right?!
This Christmas season, my little family has been trying to take part in some new fun experiences. This time of year, there are so many fun things to do! (Plus, I truly just love spending time with my two guys!) So I have come up with the ultimate Christmas bucket list! I don’t know that we are going to get to everything on the list this year, but this can give you some ideas of fun activities to do with your kiddos while creating some awesome memories.
1. Check out some Christmas lights! There are several ways you can do this. Here in Oklahoma, we have some awesome light set-ups in Yukon, Chickasha, and Mid-West City. You can drive through these while staying nice and warm, or you can get out and experience the lights up close by walking through the Chickasha lights. (Which is my favorite!) This year, we went ahead and drove around our little town and checked out lights. We made it even more fun by eating popcorn in the car, and even wore our jammies! Jonathan loved it and kept yelling “COLORS!” every time he saw pretty lights.
2. Make cookies together! I remember decorating cookies as a kid. I loved it! It’s always fun to cut-out different shapes, waiting impatiently for the cookies to bake and cool, then decorating the cookies with icing and sprinkles. This is something I’m eager to do with Jonathan when he gets a little older!
3. Watch a Christmas movie together! Who doesn’t love popping popcorn, snuggling up on the couch, and watching a movie together as a family?! Pick out your favorite Christmas movie and enjoy the time spent with one another.
4. Read a Christmas book! I love reading with my little guy. We have been reading around 10 books a day here lately because he loves it just as much. With Christmas coming up though, I’ve been intentionally reading books about the reason for Christmas. I want him to know at a young age that Christmas isn’t about gifts, but a celebration of Jesus’s birth. There are some great books out there that discuss this!
5. Clean out the kids’ toys and donate them! This is a great time to clean out all those toys your kiddos never play with and donate them to a good cause. You will not only be making room for the gifts they are sure to receive, but also helping out someone else that may not be as fortunate.
6. Make an ornament for the tree! One of my favorite ornaments I have right now is one that Jonathan’s sweet daycare teachers put together for him last year. It isn’t anything super fancy, but it has a picture of him at 9 months old in it. I like to look at the picture and reminisce on our lives together this past year. I feel like that’s what ornaments can be… a reminder of years past! Check-out Pinterest! There are so many different handmade ornaments you can make together as a family!
7. Visit Santa! Honestly, I’m not a big Santa person (I know, I know, don’t throw rocks at me), but I do think it’s a fun idea to get an annual picture of your kids with Santa. Let them have a visit with the man in red!
8. Listen to Christmas music! I think I tell Alexa at least 3 times a day, “Play Christmas music”. I love having music playing in our house, but it’s also been fun watching Jonathan dance and sing to the Christmas songs this year!
9. Make Christmas cards! This would be a fun thing to do with your kids to share with family, friends, or even neighbors! Letting your kiddos share their creativity with others encourages their self-confidence and lets them be proud of what they made. Plus, it spreads some Christmas cheer!
10. Take a family photo! I’m obviously all about taking snapshots of memories. I think it’s a great idea to have pictures of special times throughout the years to look back on and see how much your little ones have grown. Because, really, they change so much in just a year!
I hope this gave you some inspiration in different ways to spend time with your families this holiday season. Comment with what holiday traditions you have! Is there anything you think I should have included? Let me know!
So until next time,