One of the greatest things about Utah is that we get to experience EVERY season. I guess some people aren’t into that, they pack their suitcase and head south at the first sign of winter. But, I love change. It’s so fun to see the leaves change colors, the first snow fall, the new spring blooms, and the hot sun. Love it, every year.
When it starts to get cold outside, life seems to slow down…something I really appreciate. I don’t feel as much guilt for staying in my jammies all day and postponing all my errands. It’s too cold outside and that’s a great excuse to take it easy! Today, I had K.D. Lang blaring throughout the house and it totally added to the layed-back, it’s-too-cold-outside, give-me-some-hot-chocolate effect. I wish I could sing like that chick.
And, now for some MORE ideas…
Thanksgiving Dinner Guess Who Game
It’s pretty simple. At the start of dinner give everyone a pen and paper. Have them all write 10 specific things that they have been thankful for during the past year. When everyone is done, put them in a bag and when everyone is ready (maybe at dessert time) pull them out and start reading off the lists. Have everyone try and guess WHO’s list it is. If you want to take it up a notch. Give each list a number and have everyone write on a paper who’s list they think it is, hiding their answers from each other. Whoever gets the most right, wins a prize!
As a family, think of several people (outside the home) that really deserve a big thank you because they have touched your lives. Put together a “gratitude gift” (maybe a basket of goodies and a card) and deliver them together. This makes a great family night!
Family Video Night (Thanksgiving Night)
Pull out all the old family videos and have a blast laughing and reminiscing. If you don’t have videos, look through the scrapbooks together. It’s a perfect way to remember what you are most thankful for, your family! Pull out the cheese tray and desserts and make a fun evening out of it.
Christmas Craft Station
After Thanksgiving dinner lots of families like to decorate the Christmas tree together. Another fun idea is to have a little craft station for the kids. It will keep them busy while everyone cleans up and digests for a while. Have a bunch of strips of Christmas themed paper and glue sticks and let the kids put together their very own Christmas Count-Down Chain to hang in their room. They could also color pictures of Santa, then glue cotton balls on his beard. Just look up “Christmas Crafts” on sites like Family Fun, Martha Stewart, etc. and you’ll find so many ideas!
Food Bank or Shelter Donations
Do your part to make sure other families can have their holiday meals. Take the kids, go through the pantry together, or shopping at the store…then take your donations to the local shelter or food bank. It makes a great teaching moment!
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Have an awesome day!