Happy Holidays! I’m snatching a list of ways to make the day magical that I put in the Magical Childhood newsletter back in 2002! It helps to have done this for so long and be able to steal from myself when life gets hectic.
I know that people celebrate all different wonderful holidays this time of year so some of these might not apply to your family, but I hope that you find something that does!
10 Ways to Make Today Magical…. holiday style
1. Camp out under the Christmas tree overnight.
2. Give each child a small amount of money and go shopping for the food shelf. Let them choose what they buy, reminding them to look for stuff they’d want to eat but also that they can get a lot more by buying inexpensive items. Go together to the food shelf or drop off spot.
3. Go for a drive to see holiday lights. Better yet, park and walk.
4. See if your church or neighborhood groups are going Christmas caroling, or put together your own group and visit a few neighbors.
5. Make gingerbread people.
6. Take in a concert at a nearby school or community center.
7. Dress up in holiday colors and/or fancy clothes for everyday stuff. Add curling ribbon to the kids’ hair (and yours!), wear necklaces made from small ornaments, and generally dress to the nines.
8. Make time regularly through the season to turn off all the noise, gather with the kids and read scripture or stories that move you, say prayers or concentrate on your spirituality in a meaningful way.
9. Have a red and green meal.
10. Forget about all the “gottas” and live the season through children’s eyes again. Drink egg nog, sing along badly to carols, sit in the dark and watch the tree, get something flashy for the yard or the door, wear one red and one green sock, tell absolutely everybody “Happy holidays” when you’re out, smile extra, buy yourself a present, make crafts with the kids, play in the snow (or in the sprinkler), light candles, give donations, look at the stars, dance in the kitchen, be goofy with the kids, wink at Santa, say thank you, watch Rudolph, slow down, and enjoy the beauty and the holiness of this amazing world.
And with that, chickadees, I’m off to do my best to make things merry.
Have a magical week!