Savor These Days of Christmas

I came across this idea of The Christmas Jar today from Mom and loved the idea instantly. Now while in a perfect world (well...yes, while I have declared myself 'perfect' before, ahem, er...I perfectly retain the right to change my mind!) the Christmas Jar should be started on Dec.1st, there is no time like the why not get one going today?
All you need to do is get a jar and decorate it any way you choose. Write down a family inspired Christmas activity for each day/night remaining until Christmas on pieces of paper. Put each folded paper in the jar, and have someone pick one each day.
Simple but sometimes it is those simplest of ideas that we busy moms and dads can use the most. I know for myself that in my head I tell myself that today we need to bake cookies, tomorrow drive around and enjoy the festive Christmas lights, etc. But in reality, I forget or push the activity back into the dark recesses of my stressed out mind. Something as simple as a jar sitting on my kitchen counter may be what I need to remind myself to slow down and appreciate these magical days that are flying by as I type.
And the glee on my kids faces as they each pick out an activity each day will surely be a gift that I will carry in my heart always.
So I am getting out a mayonnaise jar and cleaning it and getting it ready for the now only 9 pieces of paper I will be putting in. But these next nine days will be special, and each activity will be a countdown to Santa's Big Day as well.

Need some ideas for activities? Mom Advice shared these great ones with readers:

Drink a mug of hot cocoa under your Christmas tree.

Read the true story of Christmas.

Open one gift early.

Bake cookies and take a plate to the firefighters. See if you can get a tour of the fire station and the engines!

Make a snowman or a snow angel

Pop popcorn and play a board game together, while listening to holiday music.

Give the kids a bath while Christmas carols blare into the bathroom. See who can sing the loudest.

Get or make stocking stuffers for Dad.

Write a note to each member in the family to tell them how special they are and what you love about them. Leave them in their stockings. (I am so doing this one!)

Draw a holiday picture and send it to a relative (of the child’s choice).

Take a tour of lights in another neighborhood. Pop popcorn to take with you and blast Christmas carols in the car.

Make an ornament together for the tree. Try to use a picture of your child and have them choose the decorating. Write the year on the back and try to add one of these each year.

Put together a box of items to donate and take your child with you to donate them. Ask them if they would like to contribute something that they have outgrown.

Start a holiday memory book. Quote your child and ask them what their favorite thing they had done (so far) was for the holidays. Record what they asked for from Santa. Take a picture of them for that year with their Santa gift.

But most of all, enjoy this last full week before Christmas, and make some special memories with your families. Those sweet little faces we all love to blog about will not be so little come Christmas time next year.


  1. thanks for your great ideas on xmas activity. we already done some of them, and ur ideas gave me an insight. merry christmas

  2. What a fun idea! I have been looking for some fun traditions to start with my little boys... I may have to try this one!