The day after Thanksgiving is famous in America as “Black Friday,” or a day to shop and spend like crazy. This year, instead of spending the day with crowds and accumulating more debt, how about spending it with family and accumulating memories? Here are some wonderful ways to make the most of the day together and pass on wonderful traditions to children.
- Put up the Christmas tree or other holiday decorations. Take time together to make snowman chains, paper snowflakes and other old fashioned, handmade treasures to fill the windows and walls. No matter what holiday you celebrate, it can be so much fun to make homemade decorations and decorate the house for the season.
- Bake holiday treats. It’s especially nice this time of year to hand them out to friends, family, neighbors and community helpers like fire fighters. Drop them off in person with handmade cards, if you like.
- Make ornaments. Here are 30 you can try.
- Look through old photo albums and talk about your family memories. It’s a good time to take new family pictures together, too.
- Gather up like-new toys, books and clothes and bring them to people who could a little help with holiday presents. You can give them to friends, neighbors, church members or others who you know can use them, or bring them to someplace like a domestic violence shelter. Just be sure they’re as nice as something you’d give your own family members.
- Read special stories and books together. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is one of our family favorites this time of year. You can also do a holiday book marathon with books such as “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “Polar Express” and other holiday themed books.
- Bake up some meals together for later in the month, Once-a-Month-Cooking style. Freeze them for those busy holiday season nights when you won’t have time to cook. Be sure to slow down and involve the kids in the work, even when it takes double the time. You’re making happy memories along with suppers!
- Dress up in fancy or silly outfits and make a wacky holiday video together. Then send it to loved ones.
- Spend the day making homemade presents for loved ones. There are thousands of fun ideas of presents to make online if you need inspiration. You can check out homemade toy ideas here on Pinterest.
- Call it a pajama day. Spend the day in pajamas, watching holiday classics like Rudolph along with some new favorite movies. Eat leftovers, light a fire if you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace and enjoy each other’s company.
No matter what you do, it’s a wonderful time to take advantage of time to spend together and make some new memories together. This is a great way to set the tone for the whole holiday season with the kids, and also let them know what’s important to your family about the holidays.
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