Sunday, December 7, 2008

Putting a little Holiday in the Everyday...

As I'm doing the Daily December this year, it occurs to me that I'm making an effort to make the every day things just a little more special this holiday season. It doesn't take a lot of effort or energy, but I think it makes the everyday a little more fun and turns our focus from the mundane to the season. It's the simple moments in life that are great. Yes, Christmas day is wonderful and beautiful and magical, but I'm not convinced it would be if we didn't take the time and effort to build the excitement throughout the season. Simple memories. We bake cookies. We take pictures. We send cards. We decorate the house. It's all the little things that add up to make this season so spectacular. So I thought I'd share a little of how I'm putting the holiday in our everyday this year, just to make things a little more special.

  • Reading Christmas stories instead of our regular stories.
  • Watching Christmas movies instead of our regular Word World, etc.
  • Baking muffins (or cornbread, like we did tonight) into gingerbread men shapes (using a Wilton silicone pan).
  • Playing Christmas music and dancing to it.
  • Singing Christmas carols
  • Making snow angels outside
  • Making some Christmas cards (or Thank You cards) for grandparents and other family members.
  • Talking about the Christmas story as you decorate the tree (the star or angel on top, why we give gifts, advent candles, etc.)
  • Pointing out Christmas lights as you drive around town.
  • Playing with holiday specific toys (stuffed snowmen, etc.)
  • Making and decorating cookies together.
  • Making baked goods together to give as gifts.
Those are a few of the things we're doing this holiday season. What are you doing to put some Holiday in your Everyday?

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