Family Christmas Gifts so you can spend time together

I was talking to another mom last week about Christmas traditions and gifts and love how each family does things a little different.  The idea of family Christmas gifts and time spent together seems to be more important as the kids in your family grow up.

Things are so different from when we were kids. It seems like they are asking for game systems, video games, phones, and iPods. Yes, each of my kids have Kindles, but I have strict rules when they can and can’t use it.   I am always saying that I wish we could do more things as a family.  It’s rare when we get a weekend off sports, so when we do get them I love to do things as a family.

Christmas Gifts that Promote Family Togetherness

For the last couple of years my husband and I have done things a little different.  Instead of buying a lot of toys that will break and get lost, we limit gifts and we try to do something as a family.  One year we drove to New Orleans after Christmas with my parents and spent a few days, as a family.  All of us enjoyed spending time together and they will remember that for much longer than a gift. We ate Oysters, went to the aquarium, and listened to some fun music.  College football players were there for the Sugar Bowl and the boys loved that!

This year we are doing something similar.  My kids love to ski, but we only go a few times a year.  We have to plan accordingly so we can get full use of the days lift ticket because we live about 2 hours from the mountains in NC.   This  year we planned and saved and just bought season passes to ski.  Now we can go on snow days, holidays, nights, and half days without worrying about the cost.  I love that we will be able to use it all winter and spend time as a family.  The boys take off on their own and have fun together.  We pack a picnic and eat together and talk about falls they’ve had and things they are working on.  My daughter loves to show off on the bunny slope and goes down by herself too.

Family Christmas Gifts

Here are a few gifts of time you could do.

  • A night at Great Wolf Lodge
  • Hiking/Camping
  • Movie Tickets
  • Spa day
  • Sports tickets
  • Play tickets
  • Amusement park tickets
  • Weekend getaway
  • Cooking classes
  • Indoor rock climbing
  • Ropes course experience
  • Scuba diving lessons
  • A fancy dinner or dessert out-  We did the Melting Pot last year.  I would suggest just dessert!! 🙂
  • Sponsor a child-  We sponsor children from Unbound.org and my kids love to write and receive letters.

Think about a gift of time with your family this year instead of a video game or phone.  What does your family like to do together?

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