The holidays are a time to cherish. They are time to spend with family, take part in the festivities, and hone traditions. Our kids can sometimes be disengaged, too preoccupied, or feel “too cool” to take part in these traditions and activities. What your child may need is that extra incentive to join in the holiday spirit. This season, limit technology and exchange holiday cheer face-to-face, instead of hibernating in front of an 8-inch screen. Work together to get the house in shape and whip up something tasty, and don’t forget to go outside and be festive! To get your kids in the spirit, it may take some creativity and patience, but the payoff is filled with lifelong memories.
Begin by taking electronics down a notch. Gadgets, social media, and live streaming may offer entertainment, but they cannot replace quality time spent with one another. As you prepare for the holidays, remind your kids that family comes first. Before you allow them to surf the web, try connecting with them on a more intimate level. This could mean making holiday shopping lists, watching a holiday film as a family, or even going out and pampering yourselves. Whatever you do, do it together.
Holidays also call for getting the house in shape. Sit down and make a list of what needs to get done, and then delegate. While everyone’s doing their part to help clean and decorate, make it fun. Put on music for the season, and don’t be ashamed to stop in your tracks and dance with one another. Nothing says photo-op like mom in her holiday jammies singing into a broom!
‘Tis the season to fill your home with the fresh and inviting aroma of tasty treats and home-cooked meals. So, roll up those sleeves and prepare some treats with one another. Make it a family affair, and try a cookie decorating contest. Get everyone in the kitchen to help prepare something. Teach your children the steps, so they can repeat them to the next generation. Cooking together can be a very special time, as well as a valuable tradition to keep alive.
Getting out and being merry isn’t just a cliché phrase; there’s some truth to it. This winter, head to the mountains, get your hands wet in the snow and make a good old-fashioned snowman. If your teen thinks they’re too cool to join in, throwing a tiny snowball at them just might wake up the kid inside. Before you know it, you’ll all be making snow angels! There is also fun in shopping. Help your kids get in the holiday spirit of giving, and go out together to help one another find that perfect gift. It’s also a great time to see the lights. Grab your scarves, gloves, and boots, and head out to your local neighborhoods to view lights. See the best spots on page 14.
Making memories and traditions is what family is all about. There’s no better time to start, than this holiday season. Regardless of how old your kids are, getting them into the holiday spirit is important. Do whatever it takes to inspire them. It may be the cooking, music, or sometimes just the precious time spent cuddling on the couch. Whatever it is, do it as a family!