The holidays are supposed to be all about family, but my calendar says otherwise. Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, I fight a battle to make extra time for family when everything else is fighting for more of my attention. I'm sure you've felt this pressure, too. I may not have the secret formula to help you conquer everything on your Christmas to-do list, but here's a few tips to make creative Christmas gifts while making memories with your family.
Michael Corley gives us a creative way to make 3D pop-up Christmas cards in his blog post on My Kids Adventures. His simple step-by-step instructions make it easy to create these unique cards. Your kids can be as creative or as simple as they want, since a pop-up card offers the flexibility to let your kids' personalities shine through. No matter who you send it to, a card like this is sure to earn a prominent place on the fridge. This would make a great gift with an added personal touch for friends and family you don't get the chance to see during the holiday season.
When my wife and I were first married, we were in college and didn't have a big budget for Christmas gifts. Instead of buying something unique for every person on our Christmas list, we made gift bags filled with different homemade candies and baked goods. Making these treats at home was not only much more cost effective than buying them from the store, they were much, much tastier! We made a lot of gift bags out of just a few items, and I still have the memory of spending time with my wife while assembling the gift bags at the kitchen table. You can make tasty, budget-friendly, and memory-making gifts like this with your kids by using some of your favorite holiday recipes. If you need some inspiration, check out these 3 blog posts for ideas:
Hopefully these ideas aren't just another thing to add to your growing to-do list. I hope that you can use these to accomplish your tasks while including your family in the process! Leave a comment to let us know how you get your kids involved in the Christmas season tasks. Other families would love to learn from you!