The Holidays will be here before we know it. They always seem to sneak up on us!
For most families, it ends up being a busy and somewhat stressful season. But with a bit of intentionality it can be meaningful.
Let’s get ready to enjoy and celebrate the Holidays
keeping in mind what is important.
Gifts are nice to receive and can be so touching especially when they are meaningful. I think gifts from the heart or homemade gifts are the best! Those made by little hands are a keeper for sure.
What’s most important?
However what we will cherish the most is time spent with family and friends. Our kids might not remember what they got for Christmas last year but for sure will remember how we treated them in the busyness of the Holiday season.
Don’t we remember the happy times gathering for Christmas caroling or playing in the snow or sipping hot chocolate while looking at Christmas lights? Or putting on a homemade play of the Christmas story?
We remember how each one of our families celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas well into adulthood. So will they. They will remember what we modeled as important.
What will we model to them?
What values do we want our kids to grow up with and what memories can we leave in their hearts?
I would like them to remember fun family times, joyful silly laughter. Being kind and hospitable to those around us especially those without a family of their own. The joy of giving. Caring for those without. Fellowshipping with the elderly and being grateful to the ones who serve our country.
Keeping the important things important
So here are some ideas to keep the important things important.
Thoughtful Holidays Checklist
A fun but thoughtful checklist (free printable).
Hang it by your family calendar to remind you to have fun and be kind to others this holiday season!
You can download the printable free. See the end of the post.
Set a few dates for celebrating with your kids and make time for this activities. To print them see the end of the post.
Read the the story of St. Nicholas
Do a Christmas Homeschool Curriculum
Choose a Christmas centered curriculum you can do with the kids during this busy season.
Christmas Around The World
Christmas Around The World is a fantastic way for kids to learn how Christmas is celebrated in different countries.
This book is a great curriculum if you are homeschooling K thru elementary grade levels. It easily adaptable! Little ones can learn while coloring and also hands on activities. Older children have plenty of fun and interesting worksheets to engage them in learning.
It has 60 pages of teaching material plus 120 pages of activities and worksheets.
The collection of additional resources listed at the end is worthwhile by itself. From internet resources to recommended books on art and science, it is a exceptional resource.
Let me know what you think.
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