- The Perfect Decorations - The best Christmas decorations are the smiles on your family member's faces as you create wonderful and beautiful Christmas memories together. Because that's what really matters, right? Beyond that the perfect decorations are the decorations you already have. Those timeless decorations that hold memories for the children and tie them to the reason we celebrate Christmas. We don't need picture perfect or magazine showcases as homes. That's not reality. Those wonderful decorations that children make at school every year are simple and beautiful and imperfectly perfect. Paper snowflakes are fun to make together as a family and make the perfect decorations. A snowman in the front yard is a perfect Christmas decoration because it means somebody spent time outside building it. Rather than spending time away from your family buying and trying to create picture perfect homes, why not simplify and spend that time WITH your family? Find ways with your family to build the true spirit of Christmas in your hearts by giving to others.
One of my favorite Christmas decorations on our tree every year that one of our kids made
- The Perfect Gifts - And speaking of giving to others...Giving to others is such an important part of Christmas but oh how it's gotten out of hand, So much is spent ensuring that children are given all of their wildest dreams for Christmas that there is no time left to help children learn to GIVE at Christmas. Yes I'm sure we've all been guilty of it in one way or another. So how do we teach children to give at Christmas (and similarly all year long)? I like to help the children make gifts to give the people they want to give gifts to that year. It takes time and patience, but it's something we've learned to enjoy doing together. We usually come up with one or two simple crafts they can make mostly by themselves with simple materials we mostly already have. Then we help the kids assemble their gifts and wrap them. There is nothing like watching a child excited to give their gifts they made mostly by themselves. Last year my 6-year-old was so excited he couldn't wait for Christmas and had everyone open their gifts from him several weeks early. It was so fun to watch his joy when he saw them discover his gifts. That is what Christmas is all about.
- The Perfect Activities - I've posted about more than 100 frugal family activities you can do for Christmas. It's fun to have an advent calendar where you list what activities you will do each day. If you don't have that kind of time, just pick a few from the list to do every week. Spending time together as a family builds bonds that will last forever. And the holidays are such a perfect time to do that and create wonderful memories and traditions. We love to pick a family or two in our neighborhood that we can serve during the Christmas season. Having children be a part of that is another great way to teach them to give.
Now I'd love to hear from you. What's a wonderful Christmas memory that you have? What things do you do to help simplify Christmas and make it more meaningful?
I hope you are enjoying this holiday season.