The little things you can do this Christmas week to make it super special and build up to Christmas Day.
Make a ginger bread house with your children. You can cheat on this and pick up a kit. Every store has them.
Stay out of the mall.
Make hot chocolate and watch Miracle on 24th Street together. You must add the big fat marshmallows.
Have a cookie exchange party with your girlfriends and include mimosas.
Make your own gift cards to give out with special treats from you to your family. Good for one night of nookie. Good for your favorite dinner. Good for one day to skip school.
Call someone you haven’t spoken to for years to wish them good tidings.
Invite neighbors over for spiked egg nog.
Drop of a toy for tots at your post office.
Have a night of holiday romance with Santa and Champagne under the tree wrapping presents after the kiddies are in bed.
Drop off a ham at your local food pantry.
Give a treat or tip to your mail person, bus driver, garbage men and school teacher.
Make a list of the top ten highlights of your year and hang it on your fridge.
Make a list of the top ten things you want to do in the new year and hang it on your fridge.
Make sure you have batteries for toys, and your camera is charged.
Cut pine branches and holly off of bushes and trees and make a big centerpiece for your dining room.
Take old ornaments and have your children write names in marker on them as name cards for your Christmas table.
Prepare a quiche or muffins ahead of time for Christmas morning. When you wake up pop it in the oven before you open gifts.
Cook a special treat for your family for Christmas Eve.
Go caroling on Christmas Eve night.
Take your Children to Mass on Christmas Eve.
Watch A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve.
Have your children throw carrots on the lawn for the reindeer Christmas Eve and leave cookies for Santa of course.
Monitor Santa’s tracks and see how close he is at www.noradsanta.org
And mostly, take the time to think about Jesus and talk about him with your family. Let’s remember to keep the Christ in Christmas!