This is my favorite time of the year! Every year from Halloween to New Year’s Day is so crazy busy, but so much fun, especially once you have children. I think it is very important to set up your own family traditions for you and your kiddos to look forward to each year. I know my kids start talking about our holiday traditions and what they are looking forward to right around the Fourth of July.
One thing that I do with my kids is to create a Christmas ornament craft to include on the Christmas presents that we send off to the Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and Godparents all across the country. This may sound like a lot of work, but let me explain:
1) Pick an easy craft; nothing too complicated (think Popsicle sticks or pipe cleaners). No need to be Martha Stewart here (especially when they are really young). I have gone over board and regretted the time spent rushing to get them done, instead of making it fun for everyone.
2) It is “from” the kids, so the bar is already set low on expectations.
3) Let the kids paint with one color, everything looks better when there is just one color.
4) Add lots of glitter and/or jewels afterward. You can’t go wrong with some lots of sparkle.
5) If you can, add the recipient’s name or initial; this makes it extra special.
The kids love that they are creating the “gift” for their relatives that they don’t get to see very often. Now that I have done these projects for a couple of years, I wish that I had added the year to our handmade ornaments and gifts, so we could keep track of what we made each year.
And now with Pinterest it is easier to find ideas and categorize them for future projects! Here are some great ideas for this year.
So what are you family traditions with your family that your kids start looking forward to before the year is even over? Does anyone else spend lots of time at the craft store like me?