Here are some fun hints to make the holidays extra special with your kids this Christmas!
1. Find a favorite Christmas story and make it a tradition to read it aloud on Christmas Eve.
2. Share your good fortune with others at Christmas by volunteering as a family for a charity or non-profit organization that’s close to your hearts (if you attend Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow, sign up to collect $ during the Christmas lights!)
3. Decorate your home each year with a special item that you’ve chosen or made as a family.
4. Choose your favorite holiday baking recipes and share an afternoon with friends and family baking up a storm.
5. Create a calendar with a different family photo each month to send to family and friends who can’t be with you during the year.
6. Plan an annual family activity for the Christmas season: it could be picking out the tree, sledding down a nearby hill, going to the zoo, driving around to look at Christmas lights – anything that captures the whole family’s interest.
7. Light the candles of an Advent wreath in succession every Sunday during December, talking about their symbolic meanings, such as love, hope, peace, and joy (here is a website that tells more about advent wreaths: http://livinghopeomaha.wordpress.com/about-living-hope/bible-stud/the-meaning-of-the-advent-wreath/)
8. Buy or make a special tree ornament each year for the children in your family and present them with the whole set when they have their own tree for the first time.
9. Make special Christmas cards for friends or family living far away (or for a soldier fighting overseas) – make it an event, with hot chocolate, cookies, and plenty of colorful pens, stickers, cookie cutters to trace, glitter, magazine cutouts, and glue to help.
10. After Christmas, do the same thing with writing thank you notes – everyone do it together and make it a much-loved tradition with yummy treats and a fun reward when letters are finished.
These ideas borrowed liberally from Yvonne Jeffrey and her terrific book, “The Everything Family Christmas Book.”