Are you feeling the panic that comes with knowing Christmas is only 5 days away? I certainly am. I’m not ready. I’m just barely going to get the holiday card out and the gifts wrapped on time, but I really am trying to keep that panic level in the mild zone as I know that it will all come together. It always does. One of the things that can bring on more parental stress this time of year is the idea of entertaining the kids for the holiday break. I’m fortunate enough to get some time off over the break to spend with my family and I’m very grateful for it, but I know the kids wills start climbing the walls in a few days. I came across a great article in MyDomaine that lists 50 fun (and cheap or free) activities that you can do with your kids over the holidays. A few of may favorites and ones that I may try with my family are below. If you want to see all 50, you can read the full article here.

  1. Make a gingerbread house. Nothing says Christmas more to me than the quirky and adorable little houses the kids make at school out of milk cartons and graham crackers. It’s really one of my most favorite things. Here’s Lucy’s creation this year. Funny how the M&M shingles seem to disappear a little each day. We’re going to make another “family” house later this week with our own supplies. IMG_5311
  2. Write a letter to your Elf on the Shelf before she or he goes back to the North Pole. I love this one because it’s a sneaky way to get my youngest to practice her writing.
  3. Take a mini-road trip to somewhere new. This can be as simple as packing a picnic, taking an hour drive out of your city or town to a hike or walk. It doesn’t have to be far, just going somewhere new will make it an adventure. Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 9.43.37 AMvia @FrenchLarkspur
  4. Help out people in the community. This could be as simple as bringing home-baked goods to an elderly neighbor who may certainly enjoy the company of your adorable children. Growing up, we had a handful of elderly folks in our neighborhood and my best friends and I would visit them. Okay I’m going to confess  at the time we mostly did it for the butterscotch and peppermint candies that would almost always be given to us, but we did form a genuine bond with them and it wasn’t until later in life that I realized what we were doing was probably very appreciated.
  5. Print out your favorite photos from 2015 and make a collage. This one is great on a rainy day and could be combined with several others from the list like making New Year’s cards for friends and family, making a 2016 calendar and watching your top 3 family-favorite holiday movies. Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 9.54.13 AMvia

Oh and if you’re at your wits end and in need of a little heart-warming holiday cheer, I recommend you follow this Instagram feed above called @burtsbrisplease. You will not be disappointed at the endless supply of adorable photos of a little boy and his cat. To me, the holidays are all about the wonder and cheer in our children’s hearts and this feed most definitely embodies that sentiment.

I wish you all a very happy holiday filled with family, friends, cheer and wonder. Now I’m off to start wrapping! Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 10.07.45 AM


xo Kerry