12 Activities for Best-Ever Christmas
By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT – Smile Notes
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, I’m sure you know that carol The Twelve Days of Christmas. During this holiday time, parents often go overboard trying to give their children everything their hearts desire.
From many decades of counseling what children tell me they want is more TIME with their parents. TIME without distractions of parent’s cell phones, computers, TV etc. are requests I often hear.
I predict that if you tuck your child in at bedtime that the child often begins talking about their day. You may think it’s just a way to stay up later. I contend that it’s because the child has your undivided attention. If you have multiple children, they have to share you with their siblings.
To have time with you ALONE is of paramount importance!
So I challenge you to, like the song, have your twelve days of Christmas’doing something fun for twelve days during the holidays.
I’m not suggesting you spend more money, or even leave home, to give your child the gift of your TIME.
It could be to:
- play a board game,
- bake cookies together,
- string popcorn for the tree,
- work a jigsaw puzzle,
- watch a Christmas movie with popcorn and hot chocolate (sitting with them the whole time!),
- plan a charity project to help others (sweep or clean an elderly neighbor’s driveway),
- teach how to cook a dish,
- play with the family companion animal,
- drive around and look at Christmas lights,
- bake Christmas cookies or make candy and wrap up for gifts for neighbors,
- go window shopping,
- do some sort of physical activity (biking, skating, skiing) etc.
That’s my twelve ideas you decide what your ideas might be! You could even take a few photos of your twelve days of Christmas and make a little album to remember this special TIME!
And, if your family sings then write your own lyrics! Have fun, and put that credit card away, it’s not needed!
Copyright © 2017, Sharon Scott. No reproduction without written permission of the author.
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