2013 Christmas Holiday Goals and Ideas

This year I sat down with Caleb during lunch, and went over ideas for our holiday goals and ideas list. We just tweaked last years list and changed it to suit this year, with different and new ideas and events. Here is what we came up with.

2013 Christmas Holiday Goals and Ideas
  1. Decorate for Christmas.
  2. Christmas tree shop.
  3. Go to the Discovery Center gingerbread man exhibit.
  4. Make sugar cookies.
  5. Make a gingerbread house and gingerbread men.
  6. Bake apple pie and drink apple cider.
  7. Christmas dance party.
  8. Winter wonderland in Caleb's room.
  9. Christmas movies
    • Movies: Elf, Rudolph, The Grinch, Veggie Tales.
  10. Bake cookies and gift them to the neighbors and to management.
  11. Make hot chocolate and enjoy with biscottis.
    • This is more for me. Caleb doesn't seem to like hot chocolate. Honestly, I don't think he's given it a fair chance. ;)
  12. Make edible Christmas trees.
  13. Read Christmas stories. 
    • And easy thing to do is to wrap your Christmas books up and put them under the tree. Every day, your child could open up another story to read. Most of the Christmas books we already had, save for a few new ones this year. For younger children, you could just set out one or two books each night for them to open so that they wont rip them all up.
  14. Go see Christmas lights.
  15. See a nativity. 
  16. Make or buy a new ornament for the tree.
  17. Giving activities.
      1. We did Operation Christmas Child.
      2. We did Angel Tree and got a construction toys for a little boy Caleb's age.
      3. Homeless ministry water drop off.
      • In the back of my mind, I am wrestling with mixed feelings about how to go about this and wrote this blog post about it the other day. A note on giving. 
  18. Advent activities:
      1. Advent wall calendar. 
      2. Advent story reading taken from the Jesus Storybook Bible. 
      3. Tree of Advent
  19. Take gifts to teachers.
  20. Santa Trip 
  21. Buy special Christmas pajamas and wear them to bed.
    • Probably wont be spending money on this. Don't care enough when we already have clothes to wear.
  22. Host a Christmas party.
    • I added this because Kaitlin planned a party at my house, invited me to it, and told me I was the host. :)
  23. Random Acts of Kindness
  24. Kind Thoughts Christmas List
    • A simple activity to counter act the commercialism of Christmas. Ask each member of the family to think of something they wish for someone else for Christmas. You can put the list up on the fridge or somewhere and add to it every night or whenever.
  25. Cut lunch or breakfast into the shape of a star and talk about the meaning behind the Star of Bethlehem.
  26. Attend a Christmas Eve service. 
  27. Create/ begin a joy jar on New Year's Eve.
    • Start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen.You can write notes on joys, blessings, a good day, anything like that.Then, New Year's Eve, empty it and see what good things happened during the year.
Some photos of a few things we have done so far:
I decorated but don't have photos. However, here is our Christmas wreath!
 
Christmas tree shopping with my sister and brother in law! Caleb picked out the tree the moment we got there.
Here is Caleb putting one of his new ornaments on the tree. It's a dinosaur.
 
I wrapped all of Caleb's Christmas books and put them under a tree. A few were wrapped with something extra that coincided with the story (like ornaments or a candy cane). Last year we did this successfully for the first time. This year, Caleb ripped open every single book when I had left the room. So we don't have this Christmas book reading tradition going on now. 
 We made edible Christmas trees.

The point of all this is to create a guide of ideas to do throughout the season to make it more intentional with what we do. I want to bring in new ideas for traditions as a family, and I want to make it season specific, similar to what I did with Thanksgiving. We may not get to all of it, but it isn't my intention to check things off a list. We have this merely for goals and varying ideas. As it goes, it is likely we will do most of them.

Have a merry Christmas holiday season!