By Jennifer Halter
When I was growing up, I remember the feeling of excitement that would kick in just as soon as Dec. 1 showed up on the calendar. The anticipation of the next month celebrating all the holiday-related things just felt magical and made those last few weeks of school before break zoom by!
Each year since becoming a parent, I’ve tried to share that same feeling with my daughter so she can
experience that magical feeling, too! Here is our holiday bucket list that we have developed over the last few years with all our favorite things and some new ideas we will try this season.
Build a gingerbread house. This is a fun activity for the entire family, even toddlers and preschoolers. Let those creative juices flow!
Create holiday cards for those in the military and our first responders. You can even hand-deliver with a batch of cookies or other treats.
Host a holiday movie night. Invite friends and family to join you to watch all your family’s holiday favorites. You can set up a hot cocoa bar and have movie snacks to make this the perfect night in.
Drive around to look at holiday lights. There are great local light displays in and around our area. While
driving, you can listen to your favorite playlist of holiday tunes and have a singalong.
Read by the tree. If you have a holiday tree, spend an evening snuggled in your pajamas with a few good
books about the season. Allow each child to take turns reading his or her book of choice for the family.
Make a holiday ornament. You can find inexpensive supplies at local craft or dollar stores. Be sure to write the year on the ornament so you can reminisce each holiday season.
Volunteer. It’s always a great time to give back to the community, and more opportunities are available during this time of year.
Take time to enjoy being together. With the hustle and bustle of the season, it can be easy to get
overwhelmed. Remember to slow down and enjoy every moment.
Jennifer Halter is publisher of Macaroni Kid Woodbridge and Macaroni Kid Gainesville/Manassas.