As the holidays approach, you may be wondering how to make it extra special for your children. This season is the perfect opportunity for making lifelong memories that tie you closer as a family, after all. Between the fun and food, here are some easy ways to ensure a magical time.
Start New Traditions
An easy way to connect with your kids this Christmas is to start a new tradition. You want to give your children plenty of memories. Many families start the holidays by decorating a Christmas tree. To really get into the spirit, crank up some holiday classics. For something new, consider gathering the kids and making homemade Christmas cards; it’s an easy craft everyone can do. Decorating different gingerbread houses could also be fun. Moms can purchase an “Elf on the Shelf” to bring some fun for the kids, too. If you’re looking for traditions outside of the home, you and the family could go see Christmas lights. You’ll find many homes that adorn their exteriors in beautiful light displays. Traditions don’t have to be expensive or fancy; it’s all about the family time.
Presents have become a staple to celebrate the holidays. Parents, especially, want to provide their deserving children with a multitude of gifts. As such, it’s a smart idea to invest in practical presents that the kids will appreciate. Obviously, clothes are always a safe bet. Kids always need new clothing and shoes. For something a little more extravagant, purchase a bike. You’ll find bikes are a classic gift idea and provide both fun and exercise for children. Furniture can also be an ideal purchase. Many children will love receiving a new bed or dresser. You could even go smaller and get something like a bean bag chair. Practical presents should always cater to the desires of your children.
Presentation can make a big difference in establishing great memories, too. Wrapping paper comes in a variety of styles to add a personalized touch to your wrapping. Try using a different wrapping paper design for each child. You can add a little extra glam to your wrapped presents by tying the perfect bow or creating cute gift labels. And always make sure to keep plenty of tape around to secure that wrapping paper!
Bond Over Giving
For a truly magical Christmas, show your children that the holidays are for giving. With so many families in need, it’s the perfect time to do some good. For example, you and your children can bake cookies for others. The kids can really get involved with the giving spirit by donating their old toys to less fortunate children. Alternatively, if funds allow, you and your little ones can put together shoeboxes for others. Fill the boxes with needed items, such as toiletries or clothing items. The boxes don’t have to be expensive, either. Those who don’t have much will be touched by the gesture.
You can also volunteer your time. After all, time spent together tends to create more memories than objects do. Find opportunities to serve in your local community — once you start looking, you’ll find that there are plenty of them that even small children can help out with.