As hard as it might be to believe, it’s almost that time of the year again. Christmas is right around the corner, and with it comes the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Before you know it, you will be faced with the arduous yet enjoyable task of choosing the gifts you want to give to your loved ones.
Don’t stress out; take the time to appreciate the season and infuse your gifts with deep meaning. It doesn’t hurt to ask for wish lists, either. While you might need to do a little digging when coming up with Christmas gift ideas for 1 year old boys, children of a slightly older age will have absolutely no problem telling you exactly what they want from Santa Claus.
Ideally, any present for a young child should not only provide countless hours of fun and entertainment, it should also possess some educational value. Above all else, seeing their little faces light up on Christmas morning is the ultimate goal. Having children is a blessing, especially during the holidays, and there are many ways to share that special feeling and create lasting memories with your little ones.
Putting up the Christmas tree together is one of those age-old holiday traditions that always brings a family closer. You can’t help but smile when you see your little guy or girl with sparkles in their eyes, marveling at the beautiful decorations on the tree, or telling you where to hang them. If you can manage it, make a whole afternoon out of it by baking Christmas cookies with your kids to enjoy while decorating the tree.
Add in some old-fashioned Christmas songs playing in the background and the holiday season will be one that your children will cherish for the rest of their lives, a tradition to be passed down from generation to generation. Best of all, seeing that shiny, blinking Christmas tree every day will remind you of the eternal loving bond you have forged as a family.
Advent calendars are a fun way to count down the days until Santa and those eight tiny reindeer arrive. You can take the easy route and pick up one of those advent calendars filled with chocolates that you probably had when you were a kid, or you could use this opportunity to participate in another holiday craft session and make memories with your little ones.
With some felt or cardboard, create your own advent calendar and populate it with a variety of Christmas-related trinkets, perhaps some new decorations for the tree and other homemade treats. A new surprise every day can brighten up an otherwise gloomy-looking season and make each day special, not just December 25.
If it snows where you live, get out there with your kids and build a snowman. You might not be breaking new ground, but you will be filling your heart with love and laughter as you try to create the next Frosty. After that’s finished, pull your kids around the yard in a sled (a large snow shovel will also do the trick) or take them tobogganing on a local hill.
Cap things off with a spirited snowball fight on the way home and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate when you get inside. Not only is it fun to get out and play in the snow, it’s fantastic exercise for you and your kids at a time of year when it’s increasingly difficult to find the motivation to get up off the couch. Making it part of your family’s holiday tradition will help ensure that your family stays happy and healthy all year round.