Believing in Santa makes Christmas magical. I love keeping that going as long as I can with my kids. As my kids get older, and begin to doubt, I love going the extra mile to help them see the true magic of Christmas. Santa.com is a fun way to help keep the magic of Christmas alive. With notes, text messages, and more, your kids will have every reason to believe.
If there’s one holiday tradition that everyone loves, it’s Christmas jammies. I grew up opening one Christmas present on Christmas Eve and, without fail, it was always a comfy pair of new Christmas pajamas. It was always so fun going to bed with the anticipation of Christmas morning, all snuggled up in a new pair of pajamas. We’ve found the best holiday pajamas for the whole family. Everyone will find something to love in this list.
Are you so fed up with the clutter? The holiday season has the potential to serious add to the toy clutter in your home. What if there were some fantastic non-toy gifts that your kids would actually love? We have some great non-toy gift ideas that are huge hits with kids and perfect for gifting this holiday season.
Years ago, as a new mom, I heard another mom complaining about toy clutter. She said she was going to go home and throw away half the toys in her house because she was so fed up. I was still in the toys-are-cute-let’s-buy-them-all stage of parenting and, since we still didn’t have many in my house, I couldn’t imagine wanting to get rid of toys.
I should add that I ran a home daycare at the time too, so having new and engaging toys around made my daily life easier and I was always looking for more to collect.
Fast-forward 12 years and 5 more kids and I feel like I’m drowning in toys. My girls have so many toys in their bedroom that they couldn’t keep their rooms clean even if they wanted to (which they don’t).
After 6 kids, we have pretty much every toy we need.
Hectic is an understatement when it comes to the holiday season.
We still have a long way to go and I’m already feeling stressed. I can tell my family is feeling the same way — we’ve had kids sniping at each other for no reason, toddler meltdowns, and more. When we get busy like this, I know we need a break. It is so easy to get caught up in our to-do lists this time of year, and forget to slow down and enjoy the people we love. Slow down and enjoy a family play date with a favorite game to help everyone enjoy the holiday season.
When is the last time your volunteered together as a family?
If you have to think about it, it has probably been too long. Volunteering together as a family is a great way to serve your community and spend quality time together as a family. Family Volunteer Day is held every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year, it falls on November 18th and it is an amazing opportunity to focus on the things that truly matter this holiday season.