Here are some family oriented ideas to help dissipate the feeling that Christmas is too commercialized and put the “merry” back into Christmas:
1) Lie on your backs with your heads under the Christmas tree and enjoy the lights. Talk about how the Savior is the Light the World.
2) Turn out all the lights except the Christmas tree lights and dance to your favorite Christmas music. Yes, grab your husband’s hand and laugh and dance. Watch your children’s eyes twinkle with delight.
3) Wrap all your Christmas books. Then each night of December let a child open one book for the family to read. The kids get so excited for their turn! (This idea came from a friend of mine who makes Christmas magical. We have used her idea for years now. Thanks, Misty.)
Variation of idea #3: If you don’t own many Christmas books, you may want to print out a story and put it inside a box and wrap it. Open one each night. Inspirational stories are not hard to find. Or maybe there is a note in the box that suggests a certain movie or cartoon to watch. The possibilities are limitless…and the time spent as a family will become a cherished memory.
You can also watch a movie about how the Savior is the true gift by clicking on this link:
4) We also switch out our “Billboard Box” for a Christmas variation. We slide in new stories every couple of days. (See: There’s No Place Like the Kitchen Table post)
5) Since we love to pretend to travel the world, it is a special tradition to pretend to visit the Savior’s birth place and eat a dinner they would have had. (See: Imaginary Trip to the Holy Land, and Travel the World posts.)
6) Salt Dough Ornaments are a fun cheap tradition. (See: Salt Dough Ornament Craft post)
7) Sit down with your spouse and discuss what traditions you each remember from Christmas as a child. If you love the memory make it a part of your home.
May your Christmas Season be the best yet…
(the featured image from this post came from pixabay.com)
Misty Knutson says
Love your ideas!
Thank you for the idea of wrapping books! It is fun for kids to get to open “presents” before Christmas.