A Month of Merry – Ways to Make Magic this Holiday Season
By Rachel Wells
Things may be feeling a little different this holiday season (because 2020), but that doesn’t have to take away any of the magic. Kids are craving normalcy, well we all are, and there is no reason for this holiday season to lose its sparkle.
Home is where traditions are created and memories are made, and there are plenty of simple, safe, and low-cost ways to make family memories this holiday season.
Create Festive Food
Make gingerbread houses
– Grab some graham crackers, frosting, and all the sweet treats you can find, and place them into a special Gingerbread House creation basket. Make this a progressive project where your family adds to a gingerbread house village little by little throughout the month. When you hear your child mention “I’m bored”, have them grab the supply basket and work on adding a new building or decoration to your sweet little town.
– Turn your kitchen into a holiday bake shop. Let each person in your family choose a favorite recipe to bake and enjoy an arrangement of tasty treats.
Make a special menu
– Work together to decide on a special holiday menu, or choose a special restaurant to get take out from and support a local business.
Spread the Cheer
– Even though many stores and schools remain closed, there are still an abundance of toy drives accepting donations. Check out your local library for giving trees, or ask your online neighborhood webpages for local charities or drop off locations.
Write notes/send cards to isolated seniors
– Many residents at retirement homes and assisted living facilities have been without visitors since March. Call some local facilities and see if you can drop off handmade holiday cards/notes to the residents that live there.
Re-think Your Gifts
When shopping this year, think about toys that will keep on giving
– When you are out shopping for the perfect holiday gift, look for toys that are open ended and keep kids busy for extended periods of time. Think craft kits, STEM projects, building blocks, magazine subscriptions, or board games. When kids are bored or stuck inside for extended periods of time, these gifts will no doubt come in handy and keep on giving!
Santa is Still Coming to Town
Virtual Santa appointments
–If you aren’t able to set up an appointment to meet Santa in person this year, lots of companies have arranged for virtual zoom calls with the big guy, from the comfort of your own home.
Deck the Halls Together
Add some sparkle to your child’s bedroom
– Put a small tree in your child’s bedroom, add some twinkle lights, maybe even change out their bedding with holiday sheets.
Make and decorate with snowflakes
– Paper snowflakes are easy to make and add a magical touch to any space they are hung in. Go a little overboard and really bring the outdoors indoors this year!
Check out Holiday Light Displays
Go to a drive through event
– Lots of towns are sponsoring drive through holiday light shows this year. Check your local area to book tickets sooner than later!
Walk around your neighborhood
– If you weren’t able to snag tickets to a local drive through event, pour some hot chocolate and take a walk around your neighborhood exploring your neighbors light displays.
Check out a local zoo
– Many zoos are still holding holiday light nights. Bundle up if you are somewhere cold and enjoy an evening of light displays and animal exhibits.
Tell us – what are some of your favorite holiday traditions?