I know firsthand how hard it is to reel in all the to-do’s we have on our list to ensure our children have the absolute best Christmas ever!
Now as a not-so-veteran mom (subjectively speaking) I must say that in my 6 short momma years I’ve learn one valuable BIG OLE LESSON …
“Have a Simpler Christmas & You will Have a Seamless New Year!”
With that through trial and a whole lot of
error….scratch that a whole lot of “side-eyes” from the Husband is a better description of what actually occurred….Sooo here are 12 things I found useful in helping me keep it SIMPLE & Meaningful!
12 Pieces of Momma Advice For Christmas :
- Modest Gift Giving to your Children
Yup they gona ask for everything but show them how far modestly goes, they will get use to it over time.
- Make More Memories Not More Money
Take off work for a few days in between your “company given time off and use these days to spend uninterrupted time with the kids. Don’t let that time and a half be the devil on you shoulders LOL!
- Take Time to Adventure During Winter Break
Use this time to do some fun family oriented things and not all the normal stuff—take an ADVENTRURE in your city!
- A Family Day of Volunteering
Locate an organization and sign your team up to giving back!
- Encourage Charitable Giving
Create a family ritual where the kids donate their old toys to charity AND even a few new ones, celebrating the ultimate reason for the season.
- Sponsor a Family Resembling Yours
Kids are super literal and often make connections based on things that are similar. Find a family from an “angel list” who resembles your own i.e Mom Dad Sister Brother or Mom Dad Sister Sister. Let the kids shop with you to pick up the wish-list gifts being requested for the children their age/gender.
- Make Handmade/Homemade Gift For School
We know that infamous question is coming “Mommy can we buy ALL my friends gifts?” With this try visiting a craft store together and committing to making handmade items vs store bought OR keep it simpler and bake cookies wrapped individually for gifting.
- Read Christmas Books & Watch Movie Version
Children love this—they love reading and love to see what they read even more come to life before their very eyes.
- Visit a Christmas Tree Farm
Not all families do live trees BUT that doesn’t mean you all cant go and enjoy all the fun stuff that come along with it. Enjoy the apple cider, hay maze, or witness tree coloring sure to make the kiddies happy.
- Collect Family Themed Ornaments
Each year there is something super funny or pivotal that happens in our family. Like, Preston finally got over his monster fear or when grandpa came to visit his teeth fell out LOL.
The key is to find an ornament that represents whatever that something was for all. For my family our ornament this year is a globe focused on “central America” as we vacationed in Costa Rica, our first international vacation together!
- Wear Holiday Coordinating Gear
TRY IT! Grab matching socks, ugly sweaters, or Christmas themed pajamas. With whatever the choice you are sure to get some good laughs and great pictures.
- Get into Elf of the Shelf!!!
Saved the best for last…One of my favorites, having a 4 year old and 6 year old. I feel this really gets them excited about Santa while preserving their innocence, taking some much needed pressure away from those tiresome Santa Secrets. And yes mom, you and dad need to commit to moving that little thing all around the house to make it SUPER exciting!
**************************************************All and All there is nothing wrong with simple and meaningful. As, with a sprinkle of moderation you will allow yourself the ability to t
hink beyond Christmas Day. I know I know, it is so easy to get carried away with making our list and checking it twice, even harder to do this and stay SANE & IN budget! But you must remember it is all JUST for one day.
Try to redirect by looking toward the new year and all the things YOU know are coming down the pipeline….like those plane tickets to your in-laws family reunion across the country, or your nieces college graduation OR even that lovely JULY family vacation to Disney the kids been praying for.
Come on now—you and I both know the new year will be filled with a bunch of stuff that hit your pockets DEEPLY and guess what you will not be able to claim they were unexpected expenses AHAHHA! The Moms Guide