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Giving for Christmas

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Christmas is almost here and what better way to celebrate the season than to spend time with your family doing something different, something that will teach your kids the important lessons of the season. We all get swept up in the mayhem that is the holidays but it is important to take a step back and remember the real meaning of this special time of year.

 

While you are about to receive a multitude of gifts as families all share presents on Christmas morning, think about those less fortunate than your family. You’ll have to make room for the new things you’re about to receive anyway, so why not go through your closet, have your children go through their toys, and look around in your kitchen. Find items that you no longer use anymore, and gather them together to donate to your local Good Will or equivalent. This not only teaches your child the importance of kindness, but also gives them a tangible accomplishment to look back on down the road and remember how good it felt to give what they don’t need to someone who might need it more.

 

Another way to share with your children the spirit of Christmas is to create fun activities they can work on with you. They could make collages, poems, stories or songs that demonstrate the things they are most thankful for in their lives. Encourage them to include what makes the holiday so special to them and try coaxing out the more important things, such as thankfulness and giving. Then have them show them off to you and your family. This positive reinforcement will show them the importance of what they’ve created and given thanks for.

 

This time of year there are many out there less fortunate, who cannot afford food and will likely go hungry on Christmas without the help of others. Try finding a soup shelter in your area, or a church or charity that collects food baskets for those who cannot afford to feed their families. Doing this with your child will show them how Christmas isn’t just about getting presents on Christmas morning. It will also show them the importance of giving back to others.

 

These are just a few ways to share the important social lessons that can be lost amidst the glitz and glamour of Christmas. It’s easy to forget what the holiday is really about when your busy decorating your house and gathering presents for your family. Showing your kids what the holiday season is really about is the best gift you can give them.

Fun Christmas Traditions for You and Your Spouse

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Christmas time can come and go as a blur, if we don’t slow down to enjoy it with the people that matter most. It is so easy to make Christmas about your children, letting the holiday go by without making it special as a couple. Start traditions that are enjoyable and simple for you and your spouse to enjoy after the kids are asleep.

Watch your favorite Christmas movies together. One night watch your favorite and the next night watch his. This activity will get you in the mood for Christmas decorating. You two can snuggle on the sofa together and even plan a special holiday snack for the event.

Decorate the tree together! Let’s face it ladies, putting the tree up and stringing the lights is the hardest task. Get your spouse involved. He will feel like strong and masculine while he is helping. After the tree is up, have fun placing memorable ornaments on the tree. Talk about past Christmases and hopes for this year’s holiday!

Each year buy each other a special Christmas ornament that represents the receiver’s personality. Shopping for the perfect ornament is fun and builds a special memory you can share for years to come together.

Sip on a holiday cocktail with your honey. You can decide which drinks to try this year. If you like beer, there are plenty of seasonal holiday brews to try. There are an array of Christmas inspired cocktails that you can make at home. Search on line for mixes you can make with your favorite liquor or liqueur.

Do themed stockings each year. Decide with your spouse on the special theme each year. This is a fun way to shop for your significant other. It is also really exciting seeing what your partner selected for you!

Snuggle by a fire and sip hot cocoa after you have set the presents under the tree. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can still sip yummy cocoa. This is a great way to unwind with your partner. Maybe this is the intimate time to exchange gifts; while it is just the two of you.

Party for the Fourth!

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Fourth of July is right around the corner and while the invitations may have already gone out for your Fourth of July party, now comes the planning. It may not be the most enjoyable part of throwing your party but if you plan ahead in a few strategic ways you will be able to remove most of the stress that comes with hosting a party.

 The first thing to tackle is the food. Plan on providing a few of the main dishes, such as barbecue or hamburgers and hotdogs. Grab the meat and buns and condiments necessary for this and then let your guests know that it will be potluck style. Ask each guest to bring one thing, such as side salads, potato salad, deviled eggs, chips, baked beans, and the like. This will take a significant amount of preparation off of your table and allow you to devote your time to all other aspects of the party.

Next you will want to think about decor. There are great ideas to find online if you want to craft for your party but it never hurts either to raid the dollar store for some red, white, and blue napkins, plates and small decorations. Don’t go too overboard with it though, otherwise it can come across as a bit over the top. Keep it tasteful, and be sure to string up some lights if you haven’t already for ambient lighting. 

Finally, prepare the entertainment for the night. Purchase a couple of rounds of sparklers for everyone to light up in celebration of the holiday. Create several playlists for your guests to enjoy in the background ahead of time so that when the day comes you aren’t having to scramble back to your phone whenever a song comes on that isn’t appropriate for the occasion. You can also grab a few lawn games for your guests to enjoy, such as bocce ball or corn hole. These games are a sure hit.

Now that you’re prepared for your Fourth of July party, let yourself enjoy it. The preparation you’ve done will allow you to sit back and relax with your guests as we celebrate the day of our country’s independence.

Man Cave Ideas For Father’s Day

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He’s been asking, and asking, and asking for that man cave. Truly they are daunting spaces since the décor can vary so widely from the rest of the home. But, if you’re ready to relent, go about it the smart way and buy him things that he’ll love. If you choose the stuff but he loves it, the man cave can come about as being lovely! Here are our top suggestions for Father’s Day:

  • If he’s a gamer, old school stand-up video games. Think Pac-Man and Donkey Kong!
  • If he’s a musician, a small wooden stage on which he and his buddies can jam.
  • If he’s sports fan, have his favorite players’ jerseys professionally framed.
  • If he’s a golfer, a really large screen and a golf video game so he can practice his swing.
  • If he’s into comics, such as Batman, think Gotham City and hang a gothic style chandelier.
  • If he’s into hunting, a very well designed decorative gun rack.
  • If he’s into kayaking, a hang handmade one upside down from the ceiling.
  • If he’s into hockey use pucks to create a wall border, rather than wallpaper.
  • If he’s into watching multiple games at a time (something many men love) hang more than one TV. He will have no complaint when he can watch three or four events at once.

Get the idea? There are so many ways to put a huge smile on his face while preventing him from covering an entire wall in baseball cards! The more unique the idea, the cooler the man cave. If you’re on a budget, allow him to install the items himself. Put a big bow on everything and leave it in the center of the room. He’ll have the time of his life putting it all up himself. When he’s done he’ll also have HUGE bragging rights!

Mother’s Day Ideas

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and every year when we were younger we would wake up early, cook our mothers breakfast in bed with dad, and generally spoil her all day doing chores and trying to stay out of trouble. Now that we are all grown up the normal is sending flowers or a card to your mother to remind her of how much you love her and appreciate her.

 

But there are other creative ways to show your mother your love for her, ways that she won’t be expecting. One great way to show your mother your love is to try sending her a hand written letter on the Sundays leading up to, and including, Mother’s Day. They could be about a warm memory you have of your childhood with her or they could be updates in your life and how she helped you achieve these things. A mother will appreciate the thought and hand written letters can be kept and treasured.

 

Another fun idea is to sign up for a paint night in your area where you go and an instructor helps the class paint a particular picture. Get two tickets and gift them to your mom for Mother’s Day. Then when it’s time to take the class you and your mother can sit together for a couple of hours enjoying each others company and getting to spend quality time together.

 

If you have enough childhood pictures you could also try scrapbooking those photos into a small scrapbook. Get creative and add little blurbs about your memories of the photos taken. It will be a nice way for her to see the world from your perspective when you were younger and you will have something to look over and share while you spend the day together.

 

Finally, if none of those appeal to you, you can always go old school and cook your mom a decadent home cooked meal. Grab the fixings and bring them over to your mother’s house and let her relax while you prepare dinner (you can always enlists Dad’s help here like back in the day).

 

At the root of it Mother’s Day is a celebration of the sacrifices every mother makes for her children and a day for us to express our gratitude for that. As long as your gift is a labor of love your mother is sure to love it.