Everything we do, we try and teach our little people. Traditions are not overlooked by little eyes. I challenge you to start some traditions of your own – whether they be small or mighty. Every little bit counts – and little eyes are watching your every move. Here are some fun and simple traditions to share with your family this holiday season!
- We kick off our Christmas festivities the day AFTER Thanksgiving. We are not one to rush things. I never want to portray that attitude to my girls. Especially when it comes to Thanksgiving. We have SO much to be thankful for! Living in the country that we live in and having a loving God, I want them to relish in the thankful attitude. The day following Thanksgiving every year, we get out our Christmas decorations, break out the Christmas music, have fun and decorate our home. Together. As a family.
- Each year when the season of Christmas is over, I pack away the applicable books, CDs, and DVDs. The following year when Christmas comes around again, it’s surprise central! After reaching deep in the green and red storage tubs, it’s so much fun to see the surprise on the girls’ faces when they grab a book they remember reading in years past. The girls have a few Christmas titles from Gwen Ellis, such simple reading for my little ladies. Two that are great for Christmas are The Story of Christmas and Christmas Angels.
- Two weeks before Christmas, every year we make cookies with the great-grandparents and grandparents. Its memories created doing this that will last a lifetime. Plus I’m sure to document every single step with pictures 🙂
- Every year we donate to a cause. For the past few years, we have gathered items for our local Veteran’s Home. We are trying to teach our children that the life we have isn’t because we are lucky. Or just because that is how life is supposed to be. We are teaching them that we have the freedoms that we do because people, like the soldiers in this Vet’s home, made sacrifices so we can have the life we have. In making those sacrifices, they have given up some of the things we think come easy. My girls and I go to the store, pick up multiple things on their “need” list, discuss what we are doing, and drop things off personally. It makes a huge impact not only on my girls but on my husband and me too.
- We sponsor a child that lives in Peru. A very worthwhile adventure for our family. Again, we can talk about how some families have and some do not. We make an effort every year to gift them extra money so they can bless their family with simple things. One year, we gifted an amount, which may have seemed small to us, however, the money we gifted gave them a table and 10 chairs to go with it. 10 CHAIRS! It’s amazing how every little bit counts.