A few years back I was in search of a better Christmas countdown calendar than those you find full of chocolates at the grocery store. I took to Pinterest and found some amazing ideas and spun them together and made it mine. This was the birth of what is known as “a month of memories” at my house.
I loved the idea of doing something every day, but really wanted to incorporate the spirit of the holiday season. I wanted to make it fun, but make it about family. We get so tied up in all the craziness of the holidays that we often forget what’s most important to us. We forget who all this craziness is for…our families. A month of memories is about spending intentional time daily as a family to celebrate the month leading up to Christmas.
For us we begin the day after Thanksgiving and go right through Christmas Eve. You may want to begin Dec. 1st or even later. If you want you can extend family to Aunts and Uncles, Grandparents and cousins. The point is to find space to enjoy the holiday season and celebrate family to help remind us who all this chaos is for.
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Each day we do something as a family. It could be as simple as reading a Christmas story cuddled up in my bed at night or more elaborate like ice skating, sledding or a polar express train ride. Some of my favorites are making Christmas cookies to give to friends, baking and decorating a cake to celebrate Jesus’ Birthday, and having a family camp out in the living room in front of our lit Christmas tree.
I also like to include celebrating Advent and Hanukah in our month of memories. We have also incorporated bible readings, or listening to a Christmas story on tape. If you want to give back, try volunteering together or shopping for Toys for Tots as a family. You can even get a group together to sing Christmas carols at a nursing home. There are so many things you can do the ideas are endless.
Every year we try to visit a light display and drive around some well decorated neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights. Last year we decided to read a Christmas story (almost) every night before bed and included some Bible reading. Whatever you choose, make it yours. If your family is into the theater, take them to see the Nutcracker or splurge on Disney on Ice tickets. The point is to spend time together each day making memories.
I have put together a calendar, activity planner, and cards to make it even easier to start your own month of memories today! If you would like to get your hands on these free printables click here, or the image above, to be directed to my sign up page!
Jenna is a blogger, freelance writer, and homeschooling mom to 3 amazing kids. She has been homeschooling for 8 years and has taught every grade from preschool to 12th grade. She loves sharing tips for frugal living, homeschooling, and her heart over on her blog CenteredAtHome.com.