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Christmas Break - A Time For Family Fun!

Christmas Vacation – A Time For Family Fun!

As Christmas quickly approaches, teachers are busily planning holiday classroom parties, finalizing student and parent gifts, and looking forward to a well-deserved break. Students are counting down the minutes until school is out for the holiday, day-dreaming of Santa’s gifts and goodies, and relaxing days. Many parents, meanwhile, may find themselves in a bit of a panic as they also count down the minutes until school is out for the holiday – wondering how they are going to keep their children entertained over the long break, while maintaining the sanity of the household, and getting ready for and celebrating Christmas! Don’t fret, parents! Make this Christmas break a relaxing and fun time for the whole family… pick a few family-friendly ideas from the suggestions included in this blog to incorporate into your own holiday traditions. Remember that any time spent with your children in precious memory-making time, even if the house is a mess, and the presents don’t get wrapped until Christmas Eve! As the children return to school in 2019, their teachers will certainly hear about the presents under the tree, but will hear much more about the wonderful family memories made. At Christmastime, as always, the time you spend with your children is the most valuable gift of all. 

Christmas Vacation Family Fun Ideas

Christmas Traditions… 

o   Baking – A classic Christmas activity, one that you probably have fond memories of from your own childhood, is helping mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa bake Christmas goodies. Spend some time compiling a grocery list and shopping for ingredients. Remember that kids of all ages can help – is your child learning how to write? Have them write the shopping list. Have a pre-schooler? Have them help pick out the non-breakable items and put them in the grocery cart. Older kids can measure, keep track of baking times, and so much more!

o   Get Crafty – Another fond favorite Christmas activity is creating and gifting Christmas crafts. Google an easy salt dough recipe, and have the kids make ornaments for family and friends you’ll see over the holidays. Kids can also make home-made cards for loved ones, neighbors, coaches, and friends. 

o   Get Outside! – Go for a walk around your neighborhood, admiring the Christmas decorations. Count how many Santas, Snowmen, Reindeer, etc. you see throughout the walk. Pick a neighbor or two and be their “Secret Santa,” leaving one of your Christmas crafts or baked goods by their front door. 

Helping Others… 

o   Organize a clothing drive – Set aside an afternoon to weed out all the outgrown clothing in your household, and donate to a shelter or second-hand store.

o   Be Santa’s Helper – Brainstorm with your children and think of a family that could be blessed by gifts of new or gently used toys and goods. Have your children help pick out and wrap the gifts, and give them to the family.

o   Volunteer – In a city as big and bustling as ours, there is a never-ending supply of volunteer opportunities. Seek out a volunteer position that takes into account your child(ren)’s ages and abilities, and spend a morning giving back to the community. 

If you are looking for a specific type of entertainment (train rides, museum visits, pictures with Santa, etc.) remember that Google is your friend! We are blessed to live in a bustling metropolis, and you can find just about anything, usually fairly close to where you live! 

As you celebrate this Christmas season, remember most of all, that Jesus is the reason for the season. Share Christ’s love and story with your children at each opportunity, and have a blessed holiday season! 

Please join us at OSL for Christmas Services…

o   Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – Monday, 12/24/18 @ 6:00pm

o   Christmas Day Service – Tuesday, 12/25/18 @ 9:30am