It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Something special happens to me right after Thanksgiving. I get a big boost of holiday cheer and it radiates off of me like light from the sun! My favorite thing is to see others happy, and there is no better time than now to send you some of my holiday cheer. The cold, rainy days, and dark evenings have nothing on these fun holiday themed activities.
1. Take a drive. One of our favorite things to do this time of the year is to warm up some hot chocolate and drive around town. Look for the hidden treasure homes that really went all out on their Christmas lights this year. Find a station on the radio playing Christmas music and enjoy your city. Even if you drive to see the same houses two weekends in a row, it is just as fun as the first outing. Your little one will love looking at the lights, no matter how small they might be!
2. Cut down your tree. If you are up for an adventure, this activity is made for you! Each year our family purchases a $5 Christmas tree permit and then we head to the forest to chop down our tree. It makes for a great all day activity and my husband loves the challenge of finding the “perfect” tree. Talk about a family tradition!
3. Christmas movie marathon. Grab that hot chocolate again and a warm, cozy blanket! Snuggling with loved ones while watching Christmas classics is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
4. Holiday themed breakfast for your older children. Two of my favorite holiday breakfasts are Reindeer pancakes and Christmas Tree waffles. Reindeer pancakes: Make one large pancake and one small. Place the small pancake on the big one to act as the snout. Then use two chocolate chips as the eyes and one as the nose. Finish off with bacon antlers! Christmas tree waffles: Add a drop of green food coloring to your waffle mix. Next, break up your waffle in to four pieces and overlap them on a plate, pointy side up. Use a strip of bacon as the trunk and little pieces of fruit as your ornaments.
Finally, look on your community’s website to find out which holiday activities are happening in your city. Most towns have at least one event during the holidays. Creating your family traditions are something everyone in the family will treasure! Happy holidays!