It’s now Week 4 of our Stress Less Holiday Challenge! We wanted to focus on the True Meaning of the Season. We each took a couple of days of our favorite ways to remember the true meaning of the holiday season!
The holidays are a great time of year to remember others and to give to those who don’t have as much or those who we love. When I was younger it was easy to get caught up in what we were getting for Christmas, but my parents did really well having us do traditions that taught us the true meaning. We want that for you and your families! You need to start planning now so that you aren’t stressed trying to figure out your activities and traditions last minute!
Challenge 20: Pick 12 days of Christmas Family. This has always been one of my favorite traditions. I remember when we were younger coming up with poems to go with our gifts and running the gifts to the door. I loved the entire process! We would do treats that the families we were giving to love! On the blog, we also have 12 days of Christmas Nativity. Check that out and enjoy this super fun tradition!
Challenge 21: Read the Story of Christ’s Birth. Often times with everything that’s going on in our busy lives it’s hard to remember the true meaning of Christmas. I like to read the Story of Christ’s Birth and discuss with my family the meaning and also what Christ’s life meant.
Challenge 22: Christ-Centered Decor. Add some Christ-centered decor to your Christmas decorations. This will really help bring the true meaning of Christmas to your home and keep your family reminded of what this Holiday really is all about. Some examples might be a nativity scene, a photo of Mary and the Christ child, or a star on top of the tree.
Challenge 23: Learn and Share Symbolism of Christmas Items. Learn about and decide how to share with your family the symbolism of common Christmas items.
Candy Cane: the shepherd’s staff
Star: the star of Bethlehem that led the way
Evergreen tree: sign of undying life
Christmas presents: the gifts given by the three wise men
Angels: angels brought messages to Mary and Joseph
Challenge 24: Service
We all get so caught up in getting and giving the perfect gift. Don’t get me wrong, I think that’s important too, but this is the perfect time to teach your family about service. I’m a firm believer that we all should be doing it all year round. What better way of doing that if we start now! Nothing makes you happier than doing for others and stop focusing on ourselves.
The challenge is to make a list of service. Don’t overdo it because if you try to do too much, you won’t be able to accomplish your goal and it will take away from the spirit of the challenge. One of my favorite things to do is to take my kids to the Christmas tree at Shopko and let them pick a child that they want to provide Christmas for. You can go big on this or go small but it helps drive home the message to your kids how blessed their lives are and how to think about others. Remember, service doesn’t have to cost anything!
Challenge 25: Acts of Kindness
This can be alot like our service challenge but I think these are sweet tender things that we can all do to show another human being that they matter. This is something you can do as a family or have each family member make their own list. It is things that we can do with our own family or total strangers. Click here for ideas: Random acts of Kindness.
Challenge 26: Give it Away!
About a week ago, I was looking for things to share on Lou Lou Girls Facebook page and I ran across this idea. Have your kids go through their old toys and decide on a set amount of toys that they would like to donate to a local charity. For those who don’t have kids at home, go through your own items. It helps you clean out their toy chest and it makes them recognize that there are others in this world that are just as important but might need a little help.