It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
And it’s also certainly one of the busiest. But during the hustle and bustle and making a list and checking it twice, let’s be intentional about spending time with our girl. In our culture, it’s so easy to get distracted by all the holiday preparations but we don’t want to miss out on the connection that this special season can bring. Here are some ideas to have a fun 12 days of Christmas with your daughter!
12 Days of Christmas Fun
Watch a favorite Christmas movie in holiday jammies. Bonus —fix a cup of hot cocoa to snuggle up with as you watch!
Make (or buy) cookies for a neighbor. Take them over together.
Attend a holiday event together. Maybe it’s something your community does every year or a favorite church program.
Purchase a pack of diapers for a crisis pregnancy center. Working for a center, I can tell you how much this is appreciated. Plus it’s a reminder of how Jesus came to earth as a baby.
Download a free Christmas color sheet. Color together and bonus — listen to your favorite Christmas album in the background.
Have a gift wrapping night. Pull out all the supplies and wrap together. Maybe your daughter could be in charge of sticking bows on the gifts. Bonus- watch a holiday classic like the Grinch or Charlie Brown as you wrap.
Read the Christmas story from Luke together.
Do a random act of kindness. Maybe you pay someone’s parking meter, or tape change to a snack machine, or bring a treat for the office staff at an appointment. Think of something kind to do together.
Pick a special holiday fragrance. It could be something fancy like Thierry Mugler’s Angel or something fun like Vanilla Bean Noel (my favorite!) from Bath and Body Works (they always have coupons this time of year.) Both of you wear it every day this holiday season.
Mom, what was your favorite holiday treat? Snickerdoodles fresh out of the oven homemade cinnamon rolls, a store bought chocolate cake? Introduce it to your daughter and tell her the memory behind it. Ask your daughter what her favorite holiday treat is and share that together too.
Help your daughter shop for the special people in her life. Even if it’s something small like a new pen from the office supply store for Dad or a kitchen towel for Grandma, your girl will love getting to experience the joy of giving.
Take a moment in the busyness and give your daughter a big hug and tell her she is the very best gift of all. No present under the tree could ever mean more than the gift of her. Remind her how special, beautiful, funny, strong, kind, loving and wonderful she is. Sometimes the holidays can bring out the Scrooge and it’s nice to be reminded how loved you are.
What’s your favorite family holiday tradition?
A Prayer for the Holidays
Father God, thank you for this holiday to be focused on your Son. Keep our focus on the real reason for the season. Give us moments together as a family to make wonderful memories and share our love for each other. Thank you for Your grace in the tough times and joy in the every day moments. Thank you for Your presence in our lives. Help my girl see You in our celebrations this holiday season. In Jesus’ name, Amen.