The Holidays can be brilliant and magnificent and amazing and beautiful, but for thousands of families across the country it can also mean stress and worry. I know, as a family of five on a tight budget, those worries can take away from the real reason for the season.
This year, I’ve teamed up with Leapfrog to bring you easy tips to embrace the Holiday Spirit with your family. We’re featured on Leapfrog.com as this week’s host and it’s been an absolute honor to be a part. So, what do you do to get in the Holiday Spirit?
- Holiday Music: My FAVORITE part of the Holidays is the familiar sounds of Christmas celebrated through music. Create a Christmas Playlist of your favorites or discover new music artists to share with the family while you decorate the tree. We’re lovin’ Raul Rendon’s new Christmas Album A Christmas Fantasy.
- Small Giving: During the Holidays, focus on teaching the meaning of giving to others. Pick a less fortunate family in your child’s school, neighborhood or church and have your children shop for small gifts and treats to anonymously drop on their front step. You can also give the gift of learning to help multiple children from classrooms in need.
- Prep Your Gifts: Insert toy batteries and connect electronics prior to wrapping, ensuring your children can play with them right out of the box. This also gives you time to install any special software needed to set up toys and personalize them for your child. And don’t forget the labels! Here are a couple of cute gift tags to get everyone in the giving spirit: Scout & Friends Gift Tags, Lily & Tad Gift Tags, LeapSchool Gift Tags, US! Gift Tags.
- Slow Down: Holidays are stressful for most families. Before and after Christmas, set aside a day a week when your focus is solely on the kids snuggling in for Christmas movies, driving around town to look at lights, baking sweet treats in the kitchen or coloring holiday scenes together.
- End-of-the-Year Letters: Do you send Christmas cards to friends and family? Try writing an end-of-the-year letter updating everyone with how your year has gone, how the kids have grown or your hopes for the next year.
- Winter Photo Shoot: Dress up the kids (and yourself) and head outside for a Winter Family Photo Shoot! You can also snap cute pictures of the kids with Scout and Violet and upload them to the Leapfrog Facebook Page to share the sweet smiles!
- Ring in the New Year: Celebrate 2012 at Noon the day before, giving you the chance to celebrate with the kids. Throw a New Year-themed party with their friends and count down together!
What do you do to embrace the Holiday Spirit? Flashmob in the mall? Caroling in the streets? (All of which are on my calendar this week, yesss!)I’d love if you could visit my tips on the Leapfrog website and leave a comment if you feel led. You guys rock!
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