It's a time moms look forward to with anticipation: two whole weeks to spend with our kiddos decking the halls, sipping cocoa, snuggling in holiday pajamas, singing carols, walking in a winter wonderland!
But—let's be honest—it can also be a time we moms face with great trepidation: two whole weeks with no school. Two weeks with lots of together time. Two weeks with too many gifts, too many sweets, too much excitement, and too many opportunities for siblings to fight, and for preschoolers to complain. Add to the mix the cold weather cooping everybody inside and the lack of sleep accompanying all the festivities, Christmas break can easily morph from a treasured family memory to a nightmare.
The good news is that Christmas doesn't have to be that way. Somewhere in between the fake/idealistic/unrealistic dream of a magazine-worthy family Christmas, and the exhausting chaos of a Christmas break that seems to be two weeks too long, you can carve out a happy medium. Armed with good ideas, a bit of planning, and a lot of grace, you can capture the time you've got with your kids this Christmas break and turn it into something special.
So, want to make the most of this Christmas break with your kids? Here are 10 ideas:
1. Count to 12
Contrary to popular belief, Christmas doesn't end at midnight on December 25th. According to the liturgical church calendar, Christmastide is 12 days long! Intentionally stretch out the celebration by playing carols on your iPod, praising Jesus for his birth during dinnertime prayers, and reading the Nativity accounts in the Gospels together (Matthew 1:18–25; Luke 1:1–2:40).1