Thursday, December 1, 2016

Creative and Fun ways to make the Holiday Season Meaningful!

The holiday season can be amazing, traditional, overwhelming, exhausting, fun, crazy, relaxing and a number of other things! However, if we want our Christmas to be meaningful we often have to put a little intention into it. Here are a list, with links, of some fun holiday activities to help you usher in the holiday season with intention!!

Check out a fun free resource here. In fact Focus on the Family has been doing free advent devotions for years and list them on their website as well.

If your kids are into crafts and you have some time, you'll want to check this fun and cheap ebook out here.

My kids and I have been reading this book for years. It's fascinating to learn where so many of our Christmas traditions came from. Check the link out here.
Short on time, but looking for something that includes a devotion and activity? Check this book out here.

Ann Voskamp writes a Family devotion for Christmas as well as one for us mom's to read in our rare--QUIET- times! You can find both these books on Amazon!

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas

 If you do have a little extra time, or want to make time to sit and reflect--how bout a Christmas coloring book with thoughts to reflect on this holiday season. Check it out below?

 Want to get the kids involved in something fun? Check out this  website where you can print off a list of random acts of kindness to do with your kids throughout the month!

 Check out this link to print a Christmas Bucket List for homeschool families!

A few other fun ideas: 
  • Make a stocking for Jesus—and fill it with kind things you you do or say to/for others. Love makes a great gift!
  • Plan a trip to a nursing home or around your neighborhood to deliver cookies and sing a Christmas carol!
  • Have a candy cane hunt with friends. Simply hide candy canes at night, indoors or out! Give all the kids a flashlight and have them collect the candy canes. Then tie it in with a book about the Legend of the Candy Cane and a craft or treat!
  • Serve at a soup kitchen together. Ask a friend, family or neighbor to give you one specific thing you could do to make their life better--then go do it!
  • Declare Cookie Week: Instead of driving yourself crazy to bake all in a day, let each member of family choose one item to bake every day for a week. Let them lead the effort. Baking in small increments is much more enjoyable--and at the end of the week--you have a fridge/freezer full of goodies!

How about you? Do you have any fun and creative ways to make the holidays meaningful? If so, please share! We'd love to hear from you!!

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