The holidays can be so hectic, sometimes you just want to crawl in a hole. But for kids, the holidays are a time of wonder and magic. Their expectant nature requires that parents do everything within their power to keep the spirit of the season alive and well if for no other reason than the kids. Creating new traditions is a great way to make the holidays more special for your kids and your family.
Look through the local paper. Around the holidays, there are often stories that revolve around fun holiday events, traditions and recipes that you can use to spice up the season.
Mark the events that look like they would be fun and go over them with your family.
Put the dates of two or three fun, family events that are happening in your area on a calendar. This will help you remember when the events are.
Go to the events with an eye on enjoying yourself. Put aside all your worries and even the expense of the event and focus on your family.
Go home and talk about each of the activities that you attended. Decide as a family what you liked and what you didn’t like about each. For each season, find at least one activity that really stands out.
Keep a journal in with your holiday decorations for that time period. Every year, write down the events that you went to and the one event that you’ll want to attend the next year. Over time, the favorites will rise to the top and they will become holiday traditions.
Look back. You’ve created holiday traditions just by doing three or four special things each holiday.
- Don’t overdo it. If there’s too much going on to keep up, cut back on the amount of events and special things you do that holiday season.
- Don’t over-promise to the children.