Some of you are off this week and able to relax. Some of you are off this week and in a house full of crazy kids. Some of you will be at work while your spouse or babysitter is home with your crazy kids. Either way, I wanted to share some ideas on how to spend your Christmas break and things to do when things start to get boring:
*PLAY OUTSIDE! If it’s not too cold or if you have appropriate winter attire for snowy days, enjoy it! Go for a hike, look at leftover Christmas lights, build a snowman, make snow angels, and more. There are so many options of things you can do outside if weather allows.
*MAKE CRAFTS! I love making crafts with Emma. There are so many ideas of things you can do and if you haven’t yet, I would encourage you to join Pinterest. Feel free to let me know and I’ll send you an invitation. If you’re already on Pinterest, check out my page and see some of the ideas we have to try. Some of our favorite crafts right now involve finger paints. They’re messy but if you embrace that head on, it won’t be too bad. Until your child tries to eat the paint. Seriously, Emma? Yep, she tries to eat paint. I’m sure she learned that from Allie.
*ENJOY YOUR GIFTS! If your kids receive toys for Christmas, be sure to get them out and PLAY AWAY! Enjoy this time with them. If they got clothes, have a fun fashion show to show off everything they got. They can do only new clothes or combine new clothes with ones they already have.
*WRITE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS! When I say this, I mean serious ones. Let’s not vow to lose 100 pounds by February 1st. I would recommend stuff like “Eat healthier”, “Have a family night”, “Visit family from out of town more often” and more. Let your kids be a big part of this, too, as they’ll be making these resolutions as well.
*SPEND TIME WITH GOD! In light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, I know we have a lot of little ones as well as mommies and daddies who are worried and sometimes scared. It would be good to take some time as we’re preparing to go back to school to pray to God for our protection and safety of us and our loved ones, as well as read scripture and find the promises that God gives us. Here are a few to start with:
Hebrews 13:5; Deuteronomy 31:6; Psalm 28:7; Psalm 73:26; Matthew 11:28-29; John 3:16; Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 40:29-31; Philippians 4:19; Romans 8:37-39; John 14:27; Romans 10:9
*HAVE A DAY TRIP! Money is always tight at Christmas but there are things you can find to do in your community that are either free or
cheap frugal. In our area, we have Bays Mountain, The Hands On Museum, The Creeper Trail, Blowing Rock, and more. Create an adventure and maybe even a scavenger hunt to go along with your day trip!
*SEND THANK YOU CARDS! I’m sure your kids got 100 gifts that they didn’t need and they need to be grateful for all of them. You can make your cards homemade or buy store bought. Either way, get your kids to write “thank you” cards for all the awesome gifts they got this year. While we’re at it, let’s all write thank you cards for the gifts we received. After all, it’s the right thing to do.
*SPEND TIME WITH ELECTRICITY! I really hope you can do this without your power out that way you can stay warm. I think it’s good to take a day and light some candles and turn off every appliance (other than your heater) and find things to do that don’t require electricity. Read books together, tell stories, and play board games together. Some of my and JR’s most quality time is when there is no power and we have nothing to distract us. Who says you have to actually be without power to enjoy it? Also, if you’ve got gas logs or a fire place, light them up! It will feel even more like a day without electricity!
*GIVE STUFF AWAY! Take time to clean out your and your kids closets, including toys, and decide what stuff you can give away. At Christmas, we often receive so much more than we’ll ever need and there are those out there that are without at Christmas time. Take advantage of the generosity people having given you and give back to others. Box up your blessings and bring to a local clothes closet or even a food pantry for food items. Bless others this Christmas!
*CLEAN! Hey, if your kids need something to do you can always hand them a mop and duster. Seriously, if they’re old enough to help and not cause a bigger mess I say let them. It teaches them good work ethic early plus gives you some help along the way.
Here are my ideas on ways to fill your time over Christmas break. Have fun and enjoy the time off with your little ones and your spouse, too!
Any suggestions or other ideas on how to have fun over Christmas break?