I have really fond memories of the holiday activities my family did when I was a kid, but what with living in a different town, 30+ years later, I am discovering that it’s nearly impossible to recreate all those same memories for my own kids. (This seems so obvious when I type it out. Sometimes I’m a bit of a slow learner.)
Creating new traditions sounds like serious business, but there is no Christmas police! As the saying goes, “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.” I’ve done a bit of brainstorming about fun holiday things we can do as a family, and if we even do a few of them, I’ll be happy! My list is for an older 3-year-old, but I’ve got some links to lists of ideas for older kids at the bottom of the post. I hope you’re having a great December so far!
Go out for hot cocoa
Decorate with Christmas lights
Make Christmas cookies
Get a new Christmas ornament
Go see Santa at the mall
Make a Christmas ornament/decoration
Perform in a Christmas play
Learn to sing a Christmas song
Buy a gift to donate to a needy child
Wrap a present
Listen to Christmas music
Watch a Christmas movie
Get a piece of Christmas candy (he will love this — he’s still asking for Halloween candy)
Go on a drive to look at Christmas lights
Build a gingerbread house
Pick out a Christmas present for our dog
Go to a Christmas Eve service
Our local newspaper also had a great list of Christmas activities going on locally — I bet yours does too! I’ve also found good lists of ideas from Rookie Moms (with super-cute printables if you’re into that sort of thing. You’ll get no pressure from me!), Modern Mrs. Darcy, and The Mommyhood Memos.
Sarah Kerner is our MOWB Blogger of the Month. Read more from Sarah every Monday in December here at MOWB and on her blog, Beauty School Dropout.