4 Ways To Make A Christmas Memory With Your Kids

By Lauren Vonfeldt / Posted on 08 December 2014

Take a Moment and Make a Memory

Christmas is here! It’s that time of year when we are shopping for the perfect gift, crafting the most gorgeous wreath, and overall just making the magic happen. The pressure to deliver an unforgettable memory is real. But before you drink too much eggnog to alleviate the anxiety of having too much to do, it might be easier than you think to create some spectacular Christmas memories.

Here are a few ideas:

1. Repeat something simple.

Pick something simple and special and do it every day in the month of December leading up to Christmas. Maybe its hot cocoa and marshmallows every morning with breakfast or maybe it’s a bedtime book read by the light of the Christmas tree every night. Consider taking something that you already do every day and adding a little Christmas to it.

2. Encourage friendly competition.

Have a contest to see who can make the longest construction paper chain. Add to it every night and string it all over the dining room. Set up two Christmas puzzles and race to see who can complete their puzzle first. Challenge a neighboring family to a gingerbread house contest, and spend several nights at dinner brainstorming outrageous decorating ideas and strategizing. Competition turns up the fun!

3. Follow the light.

Lights transform the everyday room into something magical. This year, break away from the white lights and find the flashing colored lights to wrap the headboard or footboard of your child’s bed. Lie on the bed and talk about the day to the glow of Christmas. Or maybe fill a few large mason jars with flashing white lights and put them in the bathroom. A bath by Christmas lights has got to be better than a regular old bath. Or you could have your own version of Friday night lights and take a slow drive through a neighborhood that is sparkling and bright (and a little gaudy).

4. Make it meaningful.

You could just hang your stockings on the fireplace. Or you could gather your family around and hang the stockings as each of you shares your favorite childhood memories attached to opening your stocking on Christmas morning. Take a few moments to share the more meaningful aspects of Christmas. You could read Luke 2 on Christmas Eve. Go to church as a family and celebrate Christmas together. Or share your favorite Christmas memories with your kids at the dinner table.

These ideas may sound simple, but the simple things are what stick with your kids. It’s not the hustled and harried you that ran from store to store and decorated the perfect cookies or created the brag-worthy teacher gifts that your kids want. It’s the slowed-down, hot cocoa-making, Christmas light-cruising you that really turns a moment into a memory.

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and we hope you enjoy creating your own beautifully illustrated Christmas book. This month’s Take-Out is simple and super fun. We’re betting it becomes a memory you love looking back through every year.

Merry Christmas!

Kendra Fleming
NPM Children’s Ministry Director



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