1. Four gifts per person. "Something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read." We find that this helps our family reign in the consumerism, stay within a reasonable budget, and be more grateful for the gifts we receive.
2. Christmas Light-Seeing. I put popcorn in a baggie for each person, pack travel mugs with hot chocolate, and we pile in the car to drive around looking at Christmas lights. Sometimes we do it as a scavenger hunt: Who will be the first to spot 10 snowmen? Where will we see the first nativity? Can anyone find a light up polar bear?
3. Operation Christmas Child. If you've been reading here long at all you know that our family loves to fill shoe boxes to donate to this ministry of Samaritan's Purse! All year long I am scouting for things...I've already got a start on NEXT year's boxes!
4. Angel Tree. Our Walgreens puts up a tree with names of local elderly, home-bound people who need Christmas gifts. I take my oldest son and let him pick a name and then we shop together to pick out things for that person (each name also has a few suggestions on there like lotion, house slippers, ornaments, etc). This is special Mom/Son time and helps him learn that giving to others is a priority. We go out for ice cream afterwards. :)
All good ideas come from pinterest, right?
This year's new tradition is gifting each child with a new set of pajamas and a pack of hot chocolate and popcorn on Christmas Eve. Then we can sit and watch a Christmas movie as a family while they are wearing their new jammies and enjoying the snacks.
Here's the pin that inspired me:
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