Even though you may be busy doing last minute things, tonight, and of course Christmas Eve are the perfect times to create a yearly ritual with your family.
How about getting out a favourite game and having an annual game night on the night before the night before Christmas?
We also love to have a family movie night. The tree lights are on, the decorations are nice and there is a certain peace in the house at this time of year.
This is a no brainer, but if your tree isn’t up, or your decorating still needs decorating, put all the other “stuff” aside, and get to it.
I personally don’t like getting things out too early, I enjoy doing it when it is officially “Christmas Season”.
I had wanted to get our tree decorated mid week but due to some unforseen obstacles, such as no tree stand we just did it last night.
But it was fun and I enjoyed the Christmassy feel. We will leave it up a bit longer over the holidays which is nice because everyone is home and “on holidays” to enjoy it anyway.
I finally managed to get our halloween picture up, I find that each year spent strolling around town with all the ghosts and gobblins to be even more enjoyable than the last.
Partly because the kids are older so they can do the “trick or treat” speech themselves, partly because the weather has been so nice so we don’t have to drive and freeze, which is no fun at all, and partly because every passing year becomes more precious, my son, who just yesterday it seems, I was sewing his first costume for, didn’t even venture out this year (at 17 he is getting stares :0)
So here is our dwindling crew.
My oldest daughter was going to be Eric from the Bay City Rollers (remember them S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT!), see the resemblance :0)
We did quite well this year in preparing for Halloween, got a few nifty decorations up well before the day, and got costumes picked out in plenty of time due to my daughter’s insistence, she’s the organized one.
But I was disappointed because I had told her we where not spending a lot of money on costumes, or buying one. So guess who comes walking out of the store with a princess ready made costume (that cost a small fortune)?
She loves it, and in some ways I’m glad that I did, but part of the problem was that I had no concrete options to give her - telling her that we can make one with a few cheap accessories doesn’t cut it.
So when I came across this, I was wishing I had it before we went shopping. If you haven’t yet, or are in need of some last minute ideas, check it out - Make Your Child’s Halloween Costume - over 90 costume ideas…
I received this in my email from my MIL this morning.
Subject: A touching Mothers’ Day Tribute *
We had thisÂ 10 year old cat named Jack who just recently died. Jack was a great cat and the kids would carry him around and sit on him and nothing ever bothered him. He used to hang out and nap all day long on this mat in our bathroom.
Motherâ€™s Day Ideas for Older Kids
Whether itâ€™s a box of candy, a bouquet of flowers, or a handmade craft, moms everywhere appreciate and enjoy whatever their kids give them for Motherâ€™s Day. Here are some ideas older children can do for and give to Mom to make the day special.
If your child has some money available to purchase Mom a gift, they can:
Â MOTHER’S DAY IDEAS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
As Motherâ€™s Day approaches, children all want to show their moms how special they are by giving them gifts and crafts.
There are lots of Motherâ€™s Day ideas for younger kids to become involved in, and they donâ€™t have to cost a lot to be of worth. The younger the child, the more actively involved another adult will need to be to help make the day exceptional for Mom & kids.
Spending quality time with your child is important. This builds memories and makes them know how important they are to you. (as a mom of older kids, I realize more and more how important and fleeting an opportunity it is every day)
One good idea is to read together. Make a trip to the local library together to find books about moms. One great mommy book is Robert Munschâ€™s â€œLove You Foreverâ€. (Donâ€™t forget to grab yourself some Kleenex!) note: I will love Robert Munsch books for ever, Robert Munsch Rules! :0)