5 Holiday Bedtime Traditions For The Entire Family
The kids get two weeks off school, the guests haven't arrived and it's too cold to play outside. Your family evenings are free to make the most of bedtime for the whole family during the holidays and it's the perfect time to start new traditions. Here are 5 bedtime traditions to start during the nights leading up to Christmas.
Instead of watching TV up to the moment it's time to go to bed, gather the family around to read holiday stories. You might know them by heart, but your kids don't yet! Let each person choose a new holiday tale to read each night. Take turns reading a paragraph or two from the selected story to get everyone involved. Do this year after year, and the memories of sitting around with family reading holiday stories is a tradition your kids will want to pass on to their kids.
Before everyone retires for the evening, set aside 20 minutes to sip mugs of cocoa together. Stir it with a candy cane while watching your favorite holiday cartoons or Christmas movie. Drink down the velvety chocolate concoction as you read your bedtime holiday Christmas stories and you'll create a multi-sensory memory of the holidays where your children will return every time they have cocoa.
Choose a favorite Christmas cookie recipe to put together a few days before Christmas, preferably a recipe that can be refrigerated or frozen raw. Each night leading up to Christmas, about an hour before bedtime, bake off just enough dough to make two cookies for each member of the family. Right before everyone winds down for the night, the whole family can sit and chat over freshly baked cookies before everyone gets tucked in to their cozy beds. About three days into your new tradition, your kids will know it's almost time for bed when they smell the cookies baking.
We give and receive so many gifts every holiday season and some of them aren't wrapped in holiday paper and tied with a bow, but they're things we should recognize our gratitude for. While you're sipping your cocoa, sit down together and write down what everyone is grateful for. It's a way to remind your children that Christmas is not just about baby dolls and video games, but also about the small things we often take for granted.
The only thing more exciting to kids than opening presents from Santa on Christmas morning is writing Santa to tell him exactly what they want. Set aside one evening to eat your cookies and sip your cocoa to help your kids write letters to Santa. Help them make their letters unique ? get out the craft box and markers to make the letters stand out. They'll go to bed with their bellies full of chocolate and cookies and their heads full of dreams of Christmas morning. Mail the letters on your way to work the next morning, or save them for scrapbooking to make holiday art to remember this year and every year until they don't need to write Santa letters anymore.
Holidays are all about traditions and making memories. Every minute of the day doesn't have to be memorable, but make the evening family time count by making new traditions.
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