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I have always been a huge Christmas fan. Christmas encompasses everything that I am about: faith, fun, friends and family – so don’t judge me if I celebrate it 25% of the year!
This year has been the perfect Christmas season because of many things, mainly the lack of stress. My hubs and I both agree that we need to focus more on presence not presents. Yes, the kids will get gifts – but it won’t be our focus and we won’t be spending as much as in year’s past. With our older kids home schooled, our schedule is flexible and we’ve been able to check off many things on our Christmas season bucket list.
Rather than worrying about gifts and stressing over the little things, enjoy the now. Here are 7 ways to celebrate the Christmas season:
1. Christmas Books
The boys are obsessed with reading at bedtime. We have our huge teddy bear named Ted, that they love to snuggle up with him and a book. One of our favorite new Christmas books is Once Upon a Northpole Christmas by Noel Manning.
I found Once Upon a Northpole Christmas at Walmart, next to the card aisle. There is a large selection of Hallmark NorthPole toys and gifts to choose from.
Make sure to check out the adorable light-up snowflake ornament that will help Santa find your home.
2. Make Christmas Bookmarks
Combine 2 of our boys favorite things, reading and coloring and you have a winner! Download this Christmas bookmark template, print and let your kids color. Fill in their name and now when they choose an EXTRA long book before bed, you will have a place holder.
3. Making Snow
We used Hallmark’s Snow Now! to make instant snow. We are in Texas, and while last year we had several snow days – this year, nada. Our boys loved making this simple project and loved sticking their hands all in the snow. You can find this at Walmart as well.
Here’s a little video of our kids making the Snow Now:
4. Away in the Manger
In keeping Christ in Christmas, one thing we do is hide baby Jesus. Baby Jesus wasn’t born until Christmas, so our manger scene doesn’t feature him until Christmas morning. I love seeing the kids run downstairs and check the manger to see if Jesus has arrived.
So our manger scene had a new visitor. Apparently with baby Jesus gone, the boys felt he needed a stand-in. Bread.
5. North Park Trains
We love the Trains at North Park at North Park Center. There are tons of trains, decorated with a Christmas theme. The money raised goes to help the Ronald McDonald House. It’s a great cause and fun Christmas family thing to check out during the holidays!
6. Christmas Cookies
Nothing like a lot of sugar and sprinkles to make a massive mess. My boys Christmas cookies may not win any awards for decoration, but it’s a fun memory we like to make each year.
7. Visiting Santa
This year was our first year to not have a Santa panic attack. We visited Santa when we went to Sparkle at the Anatole. He had the reddest cheeks and sweetest spirit, and did I mention we got a somewhat decent family photo?
How are you planning on celebrating the holidays? Whatever you do, enjoy this time and don’t stress!