Creating lasting Christmas memories does not have to be expensive or time consuming. Families remember the times that they spent together, not what they received. To make your holidays more joyful and less stressful, keep the following in mind as you make your holiday plans.
Eliminate the “Shoulds” and “Have Tos”
The “I shoulds” and “I have tos”, along with stretching the family budget, are the major sources of stress over the holidays. Try these tips to help provide focus and reduce your stress this holiday season.
This is an excellent opportunity to eliminate activities that you do only because you feel you should. Take note for next year too :)
Schedule time for rest, your spouse, and your children.
Keep the kids to their daily routine as much as possible during the season.
Set a holiday spending limit and stick to it.
Make sure to include a zoom meeting for extended family, especially those who might be alone during the holidays.
Look for opportunities to contribute to those less fortunate. They need our help more than ever this year.
Holiday Activities Advent Calendar
You can start by having fun during the holiday season by printing out and assembling our Activities Advent Calendar. Chock full of fun activities that you and the kids can do together for free.
This is just the beginning. We have assembled all our best tips to help you keep your sanity this holiday season and focus on what’s important to create special family memories.
The Four Gift Rule
Make Christmas easy on yourself and make the season a little more enjoyable by following the four gift rule.
There are several variations to it, but the basic premise is that you buy your children no more than four gifts for Christmas, and they fall under the following categories:
The Four Gift Rule
1. Something they want
2. Something they need
3. Something to wear
4. Something to read
The 4 Gift Rule Instructions and print outs for the kids.
Free Holiday Gift tags to print out and colour.
Watch Christmas Movies
When it’s cold and dark outside, we can enjoy family time with some popcorn, hot cocoa, and a movie a night in December. Choose from our list when you download and print this fun list for the family to choose from and check off as you move through the season’s best of movie list.