It’s hard to believe the Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone and we are now fully into the holiday season. As we transition into the Christmas season, it can quickly become very easy to see the holiday ‘to do’s’ as a checklist.
· Get a tree, check.
· Put up the Christmas lights, check.
· Decorate the house, check.
· Take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, check.
All of these activities, and more, can be seen as either something to simply get done or something to enjoy with those around us. To ensure the latter, one simple change can be made. Be intentional. This is a word that gets thrown around fairly often and for good reason. According to a simple Google search, the definition of intentional is “done on purpose; deliberate”. Whatever you do, focus on the reason behind it and the opportunity that presents itself. For instance – why do we decorate the house for Christmas? Possibly to enjoy a festive home for a month per year. What if you let the kids choose how to decorate one or more rooms? While it may not be how you would do it, the joy the kids would feel throughout the holiday season would be worth it.
What other opportunities do you have to build memories and experiences together this holiday season by simply changing your mindset? Fun, family & memories can be built this way, without needing to add any additional commitments to your busy life.
While we hope your Adventure Santa will motivate you to try new things and add experiences to your holiday season, a combination of this and intentionality could make this your favorite holiday year as a family yet!
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Why Adventure Santa?
Adventure Santa started with a few objectives for our family – bring something magical to the holiday season for our kids that focuses on experiences we could have together. And, something that would be flexible to integrate with our busy, working schedules.
It has done that and much more.
As the idea grew and evolved, it also became an opportunity to minimize the focus on presents and the build up to Christmas Day that often happens. This refocusing of our holiday season on what we can do together, leveraging Adventure Santa’s interest in doing it with us, has provided a forum for us to help our children think less about the gifts they will receive and more about the fun of the holidays over the course of the season. (Check out this blog post giving experiences instead of things here).
Not only have we experienced these perks, but the sheer joy and excitement we get to experience through our boys every time Adventure Santa appears with a new adventure is simply the best. And we benefit as parents more than they do. The opportunity to witness this excitement and then go out and do something with them is an amazing combination.
Lastly, Adventure Santa allows us to bring holiday magic into the lives of our boys while perfectly aligning to our schedule, our budget and our interests.
We will provide you ideas regularly throughout the holiday season to help build out your adventure season with the kids and family.
· Write a letter to Santa, but focus it on what the kids want to experience this holiday season instead of what presents they want: https://about.usps.com/holidaynews/letters-from-santa.htm
· Make shapes with cookie cutters and play dough
· Create paper snowflakes
· Color Christmas pictures: https://web.kidsactivitiesblog.com/21325/christmas-coloring-pages
· Sing and dance to Christmas songs
· Visit Santa Claus
· Play Christmas bingo: https://crazylittleprojects.com/christmas-bingo/
· Go on a Christmas light scavenger hunt: https://web.kidsactivitiesblog.com/22298/printable-christmas-games
· Go to an outdoor or indoor playground
· Play Christmas charades: https://childhood101.com/christmas-charades-game/
· Visit a fire station & bring Christmas cookies for the firemen
· Camp in front of your Christmas tree
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