A lot of people will say that Christmas is their favorite holiday. For me, it isn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I like Christmas, but it just isn’t my all-time favorite. Some years I struggle with getting myself into the Christmas spirit. I love giving gifts and spending time with family, but I don’t always feel “Christmas-y.”
I don’t want that to rub off on my children, so I work hard to make Christmas a great holiday for them. This doesn’t mean buying them everything they want (although it usually happens given the amount of family that gives them gifts). It means doing fun things leading up to Christmas and making it special for them.
This year, I wanted to do a Christmas countdown. I remembered those paper chains that we all made in art class in elementary school, and I decided I wanted to do something along that route. I took some extra scraps of wrapping paper and made our chain in a multiple of 3 to make sure that each kid got to rip the same number off.
I wanted each day to have something special, so I made coupons that I stapled to each chain. I also wrote names on the coupon so we knew whose turn it was to take a chain off.
Now, every day after lunch, one of the kids gets to take a chain off and keep the attached coupon to redeem at a later time (some of them were redeemed immediately). The kids have really been enjoying it. I planned our last one to come off on Christmas Eve.
Our coupons included:
- Cereal of your choice
We don’t eat cereal, so buying cereal is a treat.
- 30 minutes of gaming
Each kid gets 30 of gaming each weekday, so this is additional time.
- 3 pieces of candy
We limit Halloween and summer parade candy to 3 pieces a day, so this is an extra 3 pieces for one day.
- Movie of your choice
There is a lot of disagreement when it comes time to watch a family movie, so this will solve that at least 3 times.
- Stay up until 10pm
We have a set bedtime for the kids which doesn’t usually include staying up this late unless there is a special reason for it.