When your kids don’t have family sometimes it can be hard to make sure they enjoy the holidays. Here are the tips that my family uses to make it special for our kids.
You don’t have to follow everyone else’s list of holidays. Without family, around to dictate your choices you can celebrate any holidays that strike your fancy with a big celebration just because. Like Pi Day, who wouldn’t want to celebrate that. You can search google for a list of any holidays that exist and you can cherry pick the ones that are most important to your family. Create your own traditions or use ones that you remember that were important to you.
Make a big deal out of all the holidays that are important for your family. Put up decorations, talk about it a lot. Build up to the holiday by making it a center of conversation and focal point in your home.
Put together a special holiday meal. Be it brunch, breakfast, or any other meal. Try to make it themed. Pinterest is a treasure trove of holiday themed food if you’re short on ideas.
You can find a lot of fun activities based around holidays on Pinterest as well. Things like crafts and fun minute to win it games. You don’t have to make every single day a lead up to but usually we go with the week leading up to.
Take a trip to a favorite place. Maybe you can make it themed about the specific holiday. If you live close to an attraction themed after the holiday you’re celebrating go visit it for the weekend.
If you have older kids you could do like a fun history lesson about the holiday. This would work for younger children as well but they may not be as interested right away. Of course, you can’t make it a bore like just reading a book. Turn it into a scavenger hunt. For each clue about the holidays history they must perform a task related to the holiday. Things such as a themed meal or traditional act based on the holiday.
Not having a family around for your kids doesn’t have to be horrible if you don’t want it to be. You can make the holidays just as special for them as if they had a big family to celebrate with. It may take more effort but it is so worth the time I can assure you. Just remember throw some silly holidays into the mix and make it your own. Make up your own holidays for some extra special fun.
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