Today I’m going to share with you three of my most favorite ways of giving the gift of memories to your children and family without giving material things.
Do you ever feel like sometimes you give a gift and it just kind of gets forgotten? Do you ever feel like you give gifts to your children, you feel like they’re getting too many material things and they start getting a little bit entitled? Well, the best thing we can do is to give the gift of memories to last a lifetime.
I want to share with you three ways that you can build memories throughout the holiday season and throughout the whole entire year.
#1: Create family holiday traditions. One of my most favorite holiday traditions of our family is to get dressed up and to reenact the nativity scene. Now, if you asked me, “What was the last gift that my parents gave me?” I won’t be able to tell you. I can’t remember. But, one of the greatest gifts that they gave me was this holiday tradition of acting out the nativity with my family together. And even sometimes when we would complain, and we didn’t want to get dressed up, and it was taking a long time, and it seemed chaotic, at the end of the day, this is one of our best family traditions. And one of the best gifts that our mom left us with.
#2: Give the gift of serving. What I mean by that is served with your family. Find ways that you can serve others because this is the gift you’re giving to your family to your kids, of being able to fill that excitement and that joy of giving back and serving other people. There’s no other feeling like it. It helps build self-confidence. It helps build joy. It helps them think outside themselves. One of my most favorite traditions that we did growing up, as an act of service, is to find a family that we could do the 12 Days of Christmas too. This was awesome. I looked forward to it every day. And I know it took a lot of work on my mom’s behalf. But again, I remember that so much more, and I feel so much more joy thinking about that memory than I can even think about any of the gifts that I received throughout the years. This will bring a lot of joy and togetherness and peace for your family during the season. So find ways that you can serve together as a family. This is a huge gift that you can give to your children.
#3: Everyday traditions. Some of the ideas might include having family dinner at a specific time, or at least if you can’t do it at a specific time every night, at least having family dinner fairly regularly, sitting at a table enjoying each other’s company. Connecting. Talking. And just enjoying each other. Another idea is to play games regularly with each other. Maybe once a week you do something. Maybe you do an activity or something that’s fun. Maybe you let each of the family members pick something different that they enjoy. And you go and do those activities together. Finding something you can do every day or every week that’s a tradition that they will remember forever.
One of the things that I love to do is to utilize essential oils in everyday traditions. It’s something that I absolutely love. It creates a healthy bond and a healthy physical touch. This is a little kit that I put together that has just a few basic oils and I pull those out either in the morning or at night. I’ll take them out and put them on my loved ones and create that physical touch. It creates that everyday tradition that they look forward to and absolutely love.
I am so grateful to be able to share with you three of my most favorite ways of gift-giving. I love giving gifts. I love wrapping gifts. I love thinking of others and the things I can give to them. But if we can remember and be aware and be intentional this season and throughout the year of the every day and the traditions that we can create that are giving gifts of memories without giving material things, we’re going to be much happier and our children are going to be much happier. And our family will have these memories that will last them a lifetime.
My invitation to you is to give the gift of memories instead of always just giving material things.
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