I always remember a fun Christmas growing up. 🎅 That holiday magic was alive and I couldn’t ever sleep while I waited for Santa the night before.
Do you have those magical childhood memories too?
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this. My kids are at the age where the holidays are really magical to them.
But, there have been those stressful holidays. Where I don’t feel the magic myself, so it’s hard to bring it alive for the kids.
I’m sure many of you who struggle with stress, anxiety, or depression know where I’m coming from.
…and Christmas can bring a lot of stress right? We have to entertain people, budget for gifts, and meet expectations.
Even though it’s stressful for me I want to make sure my kids are still feeling the magic of the holidays.
Handling Christmas Stress
While thinking about the magic of Christmas during my childhood I couldn’t help but think of how my mood during the holidays set the tone for my kids.
I’m sure that the way we feel during the holidays effects how magical it is for our kids. They really seem to pick up on those things.
If you deal with this here are some ways to manage it and make a fun and happy Christmas for your kids.
- Manage Your Stress– I’m sure during the holiday season you have a ton of things to do, which can add on stress for any parent. Make sure you are taking care of yourself.
- Schedule a Spa Day
- Focus on holiday activities you love, like baking cookies.-
- See a therapist to manage excess stress
- Take time for hobbies and “me time” (Read, watch a show)
- Hire Help – Hire someone to help you cook, clean, or watch the kids in preparation for holiday guests.
- Ask for help– Make a special chore chart, so the kids are helping you get the extra holiday chores done. Ask your husband, a family member, or friend to watch your kids while you do holiday shopping.
What are fun Christmas activities for kids?
Make your kid’s Christmas more magical with these simple Christmas activities you can do at home.
Read Holiday Stories
Reading is important, but reading Holiday stories during November and December is magical for your kids!
Get into a bedtime routine of reading holiday stories with your little ones. Your kids just might carry on the tradition when they get older.
Bake With Them
Nothing creates holiday memories better than baking holiday treats in the kitchen with your kids. They will treasure these magical moments for years to come!
We love baking orange cookies during the holidays!
Start Holiday Traditions
Holiday traditions are something your kids can look forward to each year. It’s what makes the holidays special.
If you have holiday traditions make sure to keep them each year. It’s never too late to start traditions of your own. Here’s a list of family traditions to get you started.
Play fun holiday games with your kids. My husband and I love adding a little holiday magic with Elf on the Shelf. You purchase an elf and make it do silly things each night for your kids to find in the morning.
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Here are some of our favorite Christmas games:
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Traditionheytech Inflatable Reindeer, 2 Pack Inflatable Reindeer Antler Ring Toss Game for Christmas Party (2 Antlers & 8 Rings &1 Gift Bag)The Santa Claus Game – Best Seller, Holiday Board Game – Award Winning, Holiday Game, Christmas Game, Kids Board Game, Educational Game, xmas game, Easy Game – Perfect Gift This HolidayTis The Season Christmas Trivia Game – The Classic and Original – Featuring Christmas Trivia Cards & Questions That Make For Great Holiday Games For The Entire Family (1 Pack)Pin The Nose on The Snowman Christmas Holiday Party Game with Blindfold & InstructionsAquarius Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas Journey Board GameHome Alone Game
Sing With Them
Sing holiday songs with your kids and build your family bond. Christmas music gets our whole family into the magic of the holidays. The kids love singing along with us and picking their favorite Christmas songs to sing.
Help them Make Gifts or Go Holiday Shopping
Let your kids earn a small shopping budget or help them make some homemade Christmas gifts. It’s a great way to teach them the value of giving and makes Christmas more magical for them to see how they can bring happiness to others during the holidays.
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How do you make the holidays magical for your kids? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!