7 Tips for Holiday Memories to Cherish

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We’re all in search of ways to make the holidays not just fun, but memorable. Well look no further. Here are seven simple ways to make some epic Christmas memories. 

  1. {Trim the tree as a family} (Yes, even if Mom comes in later to fix everything). This is a lovely time to share the history of your ornaments, talk about Christmases gone by and reminisce about traditions you cherish. 
  2. {Christmas Crafting} Pull out a Christmas craft and do it together. I’ve found that simplicity in my craft choices helps me enjoy my children’s varying abilities without letting my perfectionist tendencies take over. Here are some good starters. Just click on the image and it will take you to the website for directions:
    My daughter is a penguin nut. Won't this be a cute addition to her collection?

    My daughter is a penguin nut. Won’t this be a cute addition to her collection?

    My boys will love this one.

    My boys will love this one.

     

     There are plenty more on my {All Things Christmas} Pinterest board. Go check it out for some great ideas I’ve collected.

  3. {Reenact the Nativity} Whether your seven-year-old girl is determined to be baby Jesus or your eleven-year-old boy dresses up as the donkey, go with it. Read the account straight from Luke 2. This is one of the most memorable {often hilarious} and sometimes holy things you can do each year.
  4. {Light Gazing} This may sound lame, but I love sitting by the Christmas tree with the lights glowing and a cup of cocoa. Great talks are had under those mesmerizing lights!bokeh-christmas-christmas-lights-christmas-tree-lights-Favim.com-263937
  5. {Date Night Christmas Style} Choose an activity you might otherwise only do with the kids. Go to a play, get cocoa and go ice skating, do some Christmas shopping, but do it just the two of you. You could even give each other a money limit and hit the mall or Dollar Store with a plan to meet up and exchange gifts over dessert. There is something to be said about the magic of Christmas when you can enjoy it with your sweetheart. Maybe you’ll start a new tradition! 

    Christmas Date Night

    Christmas Date Night

  6. {Light Looking} Take the kids to look for Christmas lights. In our city, there is a list of homes that love to go all out with their light displays. Grab some cocoa, pile into the car and crank up the Christmas tunes. Do your little elves get restless after one block like mine? Try printing off copies of this fun Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt to keep them on the lookout for the items on their list.

    Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt

    Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt

  7. {Bake a Memory} There are tasty family favorites that simply make your home feel more like Christmas when they’re baking in the oven. Put on your apron, outfit your kids with some measuring spoons and get baking. Treasured memories seem to collect like chocolate sprinkles when you turn on the oven, put on some music and spend time creating something delicious together. Not sure what to make? Try this family favorite: 

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodles from Recipe Girl 

COOKIES:
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup pure unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

ROLLING SUGAR:
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter until fluffy. Add sugars and pumpkin puree and beat well. Mix in egg and vanilla, scraping down sides of the bowl to incorporate all of the ingredients.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon. Beat flour mixture into liquid mixture a little at a time just until incorporated.

3. Cover dough with plastic and chill at least an hour, or until dough becomes slightly firm.

4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper (or spray with nonstick spray). Mix rolling sugar ingredients in a small bowl.

5. Remove cookie dough from refrigerator. Use a medium cookie scoop (1 1/2 Tablespoons) or a large spoon to scoop out dough and roll into balls. Use your hands to roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar and make sure they’re coated really well. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Use a glass with a nice, flat bottom to dip in sugar and flatten the balls.

6. Bake at 350°F. for 10 to 14 minutes, or until they are slightly firm to the touch. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes or so, then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.

I hope you enjoyed these seven ideas for making a memorable Christmas. Now get out there and start making your Christmas merry and bright. Merry Christmas!

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