1. Enlist the kids in painting a secret corner. It could be the inside of dresser drawers, a broom closet or the back of the wood shed. Give them a variety of bright colors and brushes. Encourage them to paint pictures, stars, words, flowers, anything that will make that space feel powerful, fun or special for them.
2. Adopt a person. As a family, decide on somebody who needs some magic. Find an anonymous way to do a good thing for her or him.
3. Find a fallen tree branch in a manageable size. Bring it home, pot it, and string it with white Christmas tree lights for a whimsical decoration in any room.
4. Bake a ring or other heat-resistant trinket into a cupcake. Make up a tradition or superstition like whoever gets the cupcake will have good luck for a week. For goodness sakes, make sure it doesn’t have lead in it, though. 🙂
5. Gather up some dried flowers, petals or potpourri and take the kids outside at sunset. Tell them you’re going to do flower magic and show them how to toss the petals up into the wind. Say prayers or wishes for loved ones as you toss.
6. Pass on a tradition. Teach your children something unique to your family or something that was handed down from your parents or grandparents. Share your memories as you do so. Even baking bread can be a cherished memory if the first time you learn is treated like a special occasion.
7. Call or write your child’s loved ones and ask them all to either send a card on the same day or call on the same day. Make it an "I love ___ day" and see if you can fill your child’s evening with calls or cards from folks who will take the time to say how much they love him.
8. Let your child choose an alter ego for the day and play along with it. Let her borrow some clothes and a hat that make her look totally different. Encourage her to make up a name and an identity, and go along as her Aunt Lucy for the day.
9. Gather up some rocks and take them home. Help the kids use permanent markers to decorate them and even leave tiny words or sayings on them, then return them to outside. Have fun leaving your tiny treasures to be discovered by someone else.
10. Make up secret signals as a family. Put your heads together to come up with codes for everything from ‘I love you’ to ‘Mom, quit talking and come on already!’. <G> Use them!
Have a magical week! Make sure it includes chocolate and at least one nap.
And bubbles — in any form you like (bubble baths, blowing bubbles, champagne, root beer, bubblegum….). How bad can a week get with naps, chocolate and bubbles? 😉