Somewhere between Pinterest idyllic and reality, there is what we hope to establish in our home during the holidays. For many, it is a time of increased togetherness. The children are off from school and perhaps you are off from work for an extended period of time. Perhaps you are a stay at home parent and you are always “off.” Or perhaps, no such luck, you have to work increased hours over the holidays because of the kind of work you do. Regardless of your exact situation, I am sure that some of what you are hoping for during the holidays is a sense of familial togetherness, fun, new memories; and meaningfulness. –More on that in a moment.
Rest assured, even the plans and holiday idylls that do not go as planned can be of lasting memory. We still talk of the “Pink Eye Christmas” when we recall memories of Christmas past. Our daughters had an awesome case of conjunctivitis, that was worsened by an allergic reaction our youngest girl had to eye drops. She had a distinct resemblance to Rocky Balboa after a hard fight, that Christmas! We still laugh at the Christmas mouse, from growing up. As teenagers, my siblings and I had a mouse run across the floor during our Christmas meal. A fond new memory is from a few years back when our girls received a package of pacifiers or “bobos” from Santa and the Bobo Fairy. She had come about a year prior, when our daughter gave up her bobo. This is how they found out their mother was expecting their little brother.
Somewhere between your holiday idylls and the bickering that arises when all the children are home together for an extended period of time; the pulls and demands of time, money, and limited energy reserves; and the unexpected that is all but a guarantee in life, is a chance for some great times together. The folks at the great website “Parent map” offer 15 great ideas for making the most of your time together during the holidays. From game nights by the Christmas tree and volunteering as a family to great craft ideas and journaling suggestions for recording the year’s highlights, there are some fantastic suggestions here. Wishing you togetherness, laughter, fun, new found memories, and meaning this holiday season! Happy Holidays!