Traditions to start with your kids

Christmas Traditions to startThis time of year is busy busy with traveling, shopping and parties. It’s also a great time to start some traditions with your little ones they will remember forever. Here are some ideas we’ve put together 🙂

Sleigh Rides/Christmas Lights/Charity Events

Do a little research and find whatever your town has to offer. We took Bean on a sleigh ride to the North Pole to visit Santa this year at Gilcrease Orchard. Here in Vegas they also have the speedway that has a light festival you can drive through and the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village. These can sometimes get a little pricey so keep an eye out for coupons 😉Sleigh Ride !

Send a card to a wounded soldier

We all usually have a few Christmas cards leftover so why not send them to the soldiers that serve out country? Or better yet spend a little time with you kids and make some cards for them. They recommend to avoid anything with glitter and they have more details on their website. Mail your cards ASAP to:

Soldiers’ Angels
Cards for Wounded
1792 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104

or

Soldiers’ Angels
Cards for Wounded
4408
N PanAm Exprwy
San Antonio, TX 78218Handmade Holiday Cards

build a gingerbread house together

Gingerbread house kitThere aren’t many things more entertaining then building a gingerbread house..we even have a competition in our family to see who can build the best looking one. I have trouble just getting mine to stay together..I’ve been known to use actual glue instead of icing… Anyways, the experience with your children is one you’ll never forget and it’s a must in my opinion.

Give a gift to a child in need

Toys for totsWe tend to get caught up in the Christmas lists, shopping and chaos this time of year. Take a day and let your child pick out and deliver a gift to a charity for a child in need. This will help them to understand giving to others and how important it is to be grateful. Check out Toys for tots, Salvation Army, and you can even check with your local churches and community centers.

Let your child help decorate the tree

Some of my fondest memories from Christmas time when I was younger was decorating the tree with my Mom. Let your child hang just a couple of (non-breakable) ornaments or let them do their own, check out diy tree ideas here and here 🙂

Spend time together

We shouldn’t need an excuse like the holidays to spend time together but sometimes we get caught up in the daily shuffle and time gets away from us. Whatever traditions you decide to begin with your kids, make sure they all have to do with spending time together 🙂

What is your favorite part of Christmas? Do you have any traditions you do with your kiddos? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Holidays!

-Crystal & the Bean

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