We kicked off school holidays on Tuesday with Ari’s graduation from kindergarten. So cute! The reality of big school hasn’t quite set in yet but let’s leave that until after Christmas shall we?
I am enjoying a couple of days before the Mr goes back to work for Christmas, so this post is from Zara Lewis.
Christmas is a state of mind rather than a time or a season; to have the spirit of Christmas within means to learn all the ways you are blessed, it’s a moment to cherish peace and goodwill, to be abundant in mercy. It is the moment we see joy in people and wish to make their days even more joyful.
Sorry to be the ones to go all excited and cliché-like but we simply can’t help it. Everything about Christmas is absolutely amazing, especially if you’ve got a loving family to share these moments with.
All mothers, grandmothers, fathers, aunts and uncles (as well as the rest of the family) must know how amazing celebrating this special day is when the kids are around. Naturally, when they are small, they can’t really comprehend everything that’s amazing about this big day, but hey – they do enjoy the sparkly decorations.
For all of you looking to make pre-Christmas decorating special and include your little ones into the whole process, we are breaking down a few bonding activities that will make the whole thing even more sweet:
Kids will love the excitement of being with you in the kitchen and preparing everything for the big Christmas bake! Make the whole thing interesting by choosing Santa, Snowman, Stars… and similar shapes for cookie molds; then, spend some time decorating cookies with melted sugar in Christmas colors. You can always keep your child interested by coming up with the story why Christmas cookies matter and link them to your kid’s favorite fairytale. Ooh, yes – don’t forget to make Hansel and Gretel gingerbread houses too and leave a stocking out for Santa!
Something that’s normally done by your hubby or the kids’ grandfather, should this time around be your kids’ chore. Naturally, you’d never let them climb the roof to hang Christmas lights, but mini decorations like decorating the tree, the gate in front of the house, and wrapping Christmas presents for their cousins and grandparents – will make for an amazing time! They’ll surely remember it forever.
Make a family video
Christmas time is the perfect moment for the family to gather together, say what they are thankful for and lay out their plans for the upcoming year.
Videotape your little ones laying out their wishes for the year ahead; ask them questions like what sport they’d like to pick up next year, what do they think they’ll be when they grow up, which creative workshops would they like to join, where would they like to travel, etc. These things will be extra fun to review some years later, when they are older and more mature. Too cute! Also, make sure to capture the moments when they’re decorating, dancing to Christmas songs or just running around the house, excited about having the family over for Christmas.
Include the baby
While most activities you do around Christmas are usually linked to kids who are a bit older, that doesn’t mean you should exclude your newborn from the preparations. Even though the baby cannot help organize and plan everything, they can help bring joy! And, even better, you can make the baby happy by just letting them be around the sparkly Christmas lights, the easy murmur and giggle of the kids and all the joyful rustling of wrapping paper! Babies always feel the emotions around them, and yours too will surely enjoy all the happiness and love you are spreading!
Have a Christmas movie night
There’s probably nothing as adorable as spending an afternoon or evening watching Christmas movies with your family! You don’t even have to limit this amazing time to just one day – you can spread out your movie marathon over the course of a week and welcome Christmas watching Christmas movies. Let each family member choose their favorite holiday flick, regardless of how old they are and watch it together. Naturally, a huge bowl of popcorn is a must for everyone to enjoy!
Use this phenomenal time of year to bond with your loved ones and memorize every single moment you spend together!
What do you enjoy doing with your children on the school holidays?
Zara Lewis is a mum, fitness & yoga enthusiast and a regular writer for High Style Life. She is devoted to implementing healthy life habits in every aspect of life of her family and friends. She loves to share her parenting tips and is always open to learning some new skills, because for her parenthood is like going to school forever. She enjoys traveling, hiking, cycling and baking.