Are you looking for ways to put your family first this holiday season? We can help! It’s the time of year… the holidays are here! We are so busy… making fun crafts and gifts for family, baking cookies and getting the house ready. However… my favorite part is just being together as a family. Enjoying our time together, without being rushed or falling into the hustle & bustle of the season. During this time, it’s so important to keep traditions alive & spend time together as a family. Without letting your to-do list get too giant, try to scale back & spend time with those that you love. How on earth do you do that? We’ve got you covered, as usual. 😉  
Looking for some ways to put your family first this holiday season? Come see 13 ways you can do so and how it will bring your family closer together!

How to put your family first this holiday season

Set aside specific nights for family fun.

Make time for things that will bring your family closer together. Monday can be Christmas Cookie night…because baking Christmas cookies brings your family closer together. Tuesday is Ornament night (make cute new ornaments like these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Ornaments!) Wednesday is Christmas Breakfast day!

Make gifts for the siblings or give each child $1 for the other kids and take them to the dollar store.

I have four kids, so each child gets $3.00 and they pick out a toy from the dollar store or dollar section of Target for each sibling. It’s so fun to see what they buy. We do this for the grown-ups, too. (Last year I got fake flowers from every child and my husband got gloves, an ice scraper for the car and a puzzle.) It’s my favorite thing to see what they think we will like.

Set aside the phone.

When you are together, dock the phone and be present. (This rule goes for grown-ups)

Do activities that can involve the whole family.

Have fun with Elf on the Shelf. Decorate the kids rooms together (we let every child have a tiny tree & they decorate them with hand-made ornaments. They all help one another.) Elf on the Shelf Christmas Presents

8 More Ways to Put your family first this holiday season

  1. Create a budget for both time and money. This will help you protect your family and finances.
  2. Make a family bucket list and then put the activities on the calendar.
  3. If dinner is not a good time for everyone to connect, consider trying to make Saturday breakfast a time.
  4. Remember it is okay to say no to activities. Even the good things can cloud our family time.
  5. Determine what your regular traditions will be and then do those. Maybe it’s a new book every night in December?
  6. Maybe a nightly trip around the neighborhood to listen to music & look at the lights.
  7. Spend time after Christmas, reflecting on the year together. Everyone write 5 things that they loved about the last year.
  8. Take the kids with you when you go Christmas shopping. Let them help you plan & pick the gifts.
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5 Fun Christmas Crafts to Do as a Family

  1. Make a simple cardboard reindeer with things around the house.
  2. These craft stick Christmas ornaments are sure to be a delightful memory-making activity!
  3. This Christmas tree slime will be a holiday tradition that your children will never forget!
  4. Fluffy snow slime? Yes, please! For those of us who live in places where snow is a rarity, this snow slime is a welcome (and fun) activity!
  5. Try these easy tin foil DIY ornaments. Even the littlest family member can enjoy!

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