When I was a little girl, I could hardly sleep on Christmas Eve because I was so excited about Santa arriving during the night and leaving some gifts for me under our tree. I always took special care to set out some hot cocoa to warm him up and some of the best cookies that my mother and I had baked during the day. If only I had been able to tell where Santa was on his journey around the world! Thanks to NORAD, kids today can now track Santa’s whereabouts. But that’s not all they can do as they wait for Santa!
Kids can participate in numerous activities during the holidays, whether they celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah. They can engage in game playing, including some online games, craft making, and cookie baking. Many of the activities are fun for the whole family. It can be fun to make crafts and cookies together and it is a wonderful way to create memories. Some of my fondest memories of my childhood involve family holiday activities. And some of my fondest memories of my child’s younger years are of things we did together during the holidays.
Baking cookies and then leaving some on a plate for Santa featured prominently in both my childhood and my son’s childhood. Sometimes we baked the cookies a day or two before Christmas, but we always decorated some just for Santa. My son, as I had been, was always so happy to get up on Christmas morning and see that Santa had eaten the cookies he had set out. Santa always left a thank you note, too. That was especially fun for my son because he had been an early reader and was thrilled to be able to read a note Santa had written just for him.
Whatever you do to celebrate during the holidays, be sure to make some time to spend with your child, making memories. It’s a busy time of the year for many of us, but those memories cost next to nothing to make and last forever.