The holidays are fast approaching and with the weight of the economy, many people are struggling with family, finances and job situations. Sometimes we get overwhelmed with things that matter only to the outside world and lose focus of what is really important for our family.
Make this holiday season a time to refocus on your kids and family:
1. Plan holiday meals and let your children help prepare the food. Kids love to cook but a lot of times not given the opportunity to learn especially during the holidays when “everything has to be perfect”. The perfect meal is one prepared by the entire family…when everyone is involved there is love, laughter and memories being made. Yes, the kitchen will probably be a mess after you all get through, but is that what really matters? Don’t let these times pass without enjoying your family to the fullest and teaching your kids the importance of working together to make something special. Teaching your child to cook is a life lesson in more ways than one.
2. Sit and talk to your children about making gifts this holiday season for family and friends instead of purchasing them. Something made, you will find is priceless to the ones receiving it…the thought counts for so much more than the amount of money spent. There are so many great things you can work together as a family to make that will be treasured for years to come by those receiving them (or enjoyed immediately if eaten). Part of the fun of working together, as a family, is figuring out just the right item(s) you can make. You will find that making special gifts will require lots of “together time” as a family…a wonderful added benefit!
3. Find a family who might be struggling this holiday season, purchase food items from Brookshire’s and prepare a meal and deliver to them. One warm meal can make a difference; just ask someone who has had to do without one. The cost is not much…the return is invaluable. Teach your children the true joy of giving…it is the small things that make the largest impact in someone life. Let your family be a blessing to someone else this holiday season.
Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family!