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Grainfield, KS  67737

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Oakley KS 67748

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WaKeeney KS  67672

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Family Traditions

With the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday upon us, it’s important to remember to take time to celebrate the holidays with our immediate families.  Often, I feel that we get too caught up in making Christmas perfect for everyone else and we forget to make it special for our own family.  Here are some fun activities and traditions that you can do at home with your kids during the holiday season:

Make a countdown to Christmas calendar. Hang a printable calendar on your refrigerator and let your kids cover up each day of the week with a Christmas decorated magnet as they countdown to the big day. 

Let your kids help trim the tree.  This may already be one of your Christmas traditions but it is probably one of the best by far.  Let your kids be part of the process by helping you fluff the branches and hang the lights on your Christmas tree.  Then let them take turns hanging the ornaments.  The tree serves as a focal point in your home for the month, so letting your kids in of the decorating action makes looking at that focal point even more special.

Snap a family photo in the same pose and location every year on Christmas morning.  This idea makes it so fun to see how each family member grows up and changes each year.  Try to put the camera at the same height and take the picture in the same location each year. Print the picture and label the back of each photo with the year and then compile them into a Christmas photo album.  Not only can this be a nice decoration to add to your coffee table during the holidays but it will also be a keepsake that will last a lifetime.

Start a Christmas Eve tradition.  Each year on Christmas eve, sit down with your family and read a Christmas story or watch a Christmas movie.  Some families choose to open their stockings on Christmas Eve or sometimes even one small gift.

I hope some of these ideas can be an inspiration to start a new tradition with your family over the Christmas holiday.  I know I am looking forward to starting some new traditions with my daughters and husband this year.  Have a safe and merry CHRISTmas!


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