I'm sure that right now, you're in the midst of holiday craziness -- is your mind going a mile a minute?
When do I need to mail the gifts?
Do the kids still have dress shoes that fit for the holiday concert?
Did I remember to pick up that teacher gift?
And when do we need to have the hat & mitten donations to the church??
Or maybe that's just my mind :)
It seems that every year, I have to stop myself in the middle of all the insanity (good or bad) and remind myself that the holidays are about connecting.
Not trying to make everything perfect and fit everything in -- just connecting.
And the kids get this more than anyone -- they just want some time together (and maybe a gift or two under the tree).
So here are a few ways to slow down the season. They can all be done at home on the spur of the moment -- no planning, no prep, just fun ways to enjoy a little time together.
25 Ways to Slow Down & Enjoy the Season
1. Take an evening walk and enjoy the lights in your area.
2. Make hot cocoa with whip cream or marshmallows.
3. Create some paper snowflakes and hang them from the ceiling.
4. Play a round of Holiday Charades.
5. Have nightly storytime next to the Christmas tree.
6. Teach the kids how to wrap presents -- or recruit them help to put on tags and bows.
7. Go through old photos of holidays past (including ones when Mom & Dad were kids!)
8. Color together!
9. Spend an afternoon doing a puzzle or playing a holiday game -- we play Rudolph Monopoly (affiliate link with more details) each year.
10. Make a pomander.
11. Create a paper chain garland -- great way to use all those small strips of left over wrapping paper.
12. Put up lights in the kids room and use them as a nightlight.
13. Watch Santa's reindeer online together.
14. Set aside the Christmas cards you receive and spend an evening opening them together.
15. Tell the kids a story about one of your special Christmas memories.
16. Create a Pancake Bar one morning! We used chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, fresh blueberries and chopped cranberries -- each person can choose what they want in their pancakes.
17. Turn off all the lights in the house expect for the tree lights or other strands and have a sing-a-long with your favorite holidays songs.
19. String some garland -- use popcorn, cranberries, cotton balls or anything that can be put on a long piece of thread. If you use any food items, put it outside for the birds to eat.
20. Go on an animal hunt in your backyard or neighborhood. What furry or feathered friends do you find and how are they spending their day?
21. Play a 'simon says' tv game! Watch a holiday special together and every time you hear the word 'Santa', say "Ho, ho, ho". If you hear the word 'reindeer', touch your nose.
22. Have dinner by candlelight one night (maybe on the winter solstice?!)
23. Start a family conversation jar -- use the free printables to kick-start discussions each night.
24. Roll up your socks and have an indoor snowball fight!
25. Teach the kids how to write a thank you note - a great life skill to know!