I won’t say that I’m doing all ten of these this year. In fact, I’m not. But given that I have a 15 year old, it does mean that I’ve assembled a relatively fruitful portfolio of things that we’ve done during the holidays. I hope one or more of them will stimulate a fun idea for you.
Here are a few things that we’ve done and will continue to do during the holidays. I hope that you’ll be inspired or share a fun holiday tradition in your own home.
- Have a wrapping paper making evening. Brew the hot chocolate and turn on the holiday tunes. We’ve rolled out long sheets of butcher paper and put out markers and glitter and paint. Paint it up, let it dry and then, wrap your gifts in it.
- Buy a special food or drink to share during the season. When I was little, this is when the bowl of nuts and the nutcracker appeared. Maybe you fancy one of those ruby red grapefruits from the warm country, egg nog or as I did today, soy nog. How about a special box of chocolates? Regardless, have one thing that is indicative of a special time.
- Do a read around. Assemble of good collection of books that have a holiday theme. Select one and after dinner have everyone take turns reading a page. This is great fun with kids and probably with adults too. Have them all bring a holiday poem.
- Have a signature snack that you can throw together and take to a get-together or share at the office. Last year, I gave a list of favorites. Getting comfortable with one or two takes an enormous amount of pressure off during holidays and other times.
- Make gingerbread houses. I haven’t actually done this but my children are fortunate enough to live across the street from a lovely neighbor who does this as an annual tradition. She takes all our kids for a couple of hours and they return with magnificent sweet creations.
- Have fun and creative project like Ben’s Bells. This is a beautiful concept for spreading kindness. We copied the idea this year and made up just a few bells. We hang them in unsuspecting places; at the tree at the grocery store, in the median of our street, on a desert trail.
- Create a meal tradition. I have friends who’ve shared stories about how the table is decorated. For a long time, when we are home on Christmas Eve, we’ve made homemade pizzas. Everyone participates, it’s casual and there’s a wide variety to satisfy a diverse group of tastes.
- Keep it simple. This year, we’re remodeling in one room which has thrown our Christmas decorating into disarray. Oh well. If the cards don’t get sent or the cookies come from the bakery instead of your oven, just go with it and know that you’ll have opportunities to change it in the future.
- Buy some local gifts. We’re less into gifting at this stage in our lives but we do enjoy knowing a local merchant who has hand-crafted or imported our particular gift. It’s good for you. It’s good for the merchant and it’s a real way to build jobs in your local economy.
- Visit a local establishment that has a special celebration. Our favorite is the Desert Botanical Gardens where thousands of glowing luminarias grace the desert and the live music create a truly spiritual experience.
Blessings to each and every one of you!