The Holiday Is Here
The holiday season can be a very different experience from family to family. One thing most of us share, however, is the feeling that this time of year is special and offers the opportunity for us to reconnect with those around us. Sara Patterson of Momma Findings shares her tips for embracing the holiday spirit:
My FAVORITE part of the Holidays is the familiar sounds of Christmas celebrated through music. Create a Christmas Playlist of your favorites or discover new artists to share with the family while you decorate the tree.
During the Holidays, focus on teaching the meaning of giving to others. Pick a less fortunate family in your child’s school, neighborhood or church and have your children shop for small gifts and treats to anonymously drop on their front step. You can also give the gift of learning to help multiple children from classrooms in need.
Prep Your Gifts
Insert toy batteries and connect electronics prior to wrapping, ensuring your children can play with them right out of the box. This also gives you time to install any special software needed to set up toys and personalize them for your child. And don’t forget the labels! Here are a couple of cute gift tags to get everyone in the giving spirit:
Scout & Friends Gift Tags
Lily & Tad Gift Tags
LeapSchool Gift Tags
US! Gift Tags
Holidays are stressful for most families. Before and after Christmas, set aside a day a week when your focus is solely on the kids snuggling in for Christmas movies, driving around town to look at lights, baking sweet treats in the kitchen or coloring holiday scenes together.
Do you send Christmas cards to friends and family? Try writing an end-of-the-year letter updating everyone with how your year has gone, how the kids have grown or your hopes for the next year.
Winter Photo Shoot
Dress up the kids (and yourself) and head outside for a Winter Family Photo Shoot! You can also snap cute pictures of the kids with Scout and Violet and upload them to Facebook to share the sweet smiles!
Ring in the New Year
Celebrate 2012 at Noon the day before, giving you the chance to celebrate with the kids. Throw a New Year-themed party with their friends and count down together!
Share your holiday cheer with our parents' community!
Nothing's worse than waiting to play with a present. Set up your product early!
Your Holiday Host
Sara Patterson writes about parenting, family-friendly products and Texas living at Momma Findings.
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