Last-Minute Ways to Make Christmas Memories

The following post is from Amanda of OhAmanda.com and Impress Your Kids:

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source: patrick q

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
It’s the hap-happiest season of all!
Christmastime is here, happiness and cheer.
Fun for what the children call, their favorite time of year!

So, is it? Are you having the hap-happiest season of all? Is it the most wonderful time of the year? Are your kids saying that this is their most favorite month all year?! I hope so! But sometimes I know my to-do list is so long and so immediate during December, I think short-tempered, frazzled mama does not always help make this the most wonderful time of the year.

I so believe holidays (and special events like vacations, birthdays, etc.) are important because kids do remember them with a shiny little halo around them. Kids can recount their years based on Christmas gifts or birthday parties. These special events are big deals to little kids.

As a Christian, I try to leverage these holidays to teach my kids about the Bible and what their faith-meanings are. But even if you don’t have a religious foundation to your holiday celebrations, they are perfect opportunities to develop family memories, meaningful conversations and strong bonds.

We were out of town for the first ten days of December, so Christmas preparations started late for us. All the things on my I-wanna-do-this-with-the-kids-this-year list are being buried in favor of my shopping and party list. So, I thought it was time to institute some last-minute traditions! OK, they might not be traditions yet, but if we do a few this year, maybe they’ll become traditions! If nothing else, they’ll become fun memories of our holiday this year.

If you’re like me and feel like Christmas hasn’t really started yet (or has already gotten away from you) join me in some of these fun, easy and cheap Christmas activities to kick up the Christmas spirit and make memories with your family:

1. Find a new Christmas book. My favorites this year are Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree and Song of the Stars.

2. Make a simple Christmas craft. I just saw all the pre-cut-all-you-gotta-do-is-glue-it-together Christmas crafts at Michael’s were 50% off this week!

3. Make a yummy no-bake dessert. And maybe eat it for breakfast! (This is my fave!)

4. Grab a box of candy canes next time you’re at the grocery store and let the kids hang them on the tree!

5. Now, let them eat one candy cane each day till Christmas!

6. Check out ABC Family and watch a Christmas movie–they show one every day in December!

7. Find an all-Christmas-music-all-the-time radio station and listen to it from now till Christmas.

8. Buy a Christmas puzzle and keep it on the kitchen table. Let everyone add to it a little at a time.

9. Sing Christmas carols in the car. Including every single verse to The Twelve Days of Christmas!

10. Choose one ornament to hide in the tree on Christmas morning. The first child to find it wins! (We stuff one of these cuties into the middle of the tree next to the trunk!)

11. Give your kids $1 each and let them buy a silly White Elephant type gift at a dollar store. Then have a gift exchange game at dinner tonight!

12. Read the Christmas Story from the Bible at least once before Christmas

13. Sit in front of your tree before bedtime and discuss the stories behind your ornaments.

14. Play Christmas BINGO during dinner. Use M&Ms as markers and eat them at the end!

15. Cut the kids’s sandwiches into Christmas tree shapes. (Or make snowflake quesadillas, or use cookie cutters to cut out cheese for crackers!)

Whatever you do, take a few minutes over the next couple of days to do something silly, fun and memorable with your kids. Let this Christmas really be the hap-happiest season of all!

What simple fun activity do you do with your kids during the holidays?

Amanda is a stay-at-home mom of two who blogs at OhAmanda.com and Impress Your Kids. In her former life, Amanda was a Children’s Pastor — overseeing, organizing and developing ministry for kids in nursery through middle school, but now that she is a mom, her “skills” are used up on her kids!
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