The Christmas season truly is a magical time of year with the crisp air, warm fires, family traditions, and the spirit of giving and loving that permeate the atmosphere.
Kids seem to get along more easily, and they try even harder to be good knowing that Santa Claus is on his way.
However, the day after Christmas is often a sad one because that Christmas spirit seems to fade away so easily.
However, parents can help their kids keep the spirit of Christmas throughout the year.
Try a few of these ways to help kids remember their good behavior, altruism, and to keep the spirit of Christmas alive year-round.
Deliver Cookies To A Neighbor
Make it a Sunday tradition to make treats with your kids and deliver them to people in your neighborhood.
Baking together is a great way to spend quality time with your kids and to teach them the importance of service.
Help local charities continue to thrive throughout the year by volunteering your time.
Soup kitchens, church and community service projects, and other volunteer opportunities are a great way to be involved in service at a larger level.
Doing selfless service for others teaches kids to be Santa’s, giving without expecting anything in return.
Donate Clothing & Toys
Clean out rooms every couple of months and donate the items that haven’t been used in a while.
During the year, rooms can get cluttered and toys break.
Go through your kids’ rooms with them to figure out which toys can be donated to those in need.
Donating will help your children appreciate what they have even more.
Visit The Lonely
People at retirement homes, babies in hospitals, and even neighbors are lonely every day.
Take time to visit those that could use an hour of conversation and bring your kids along.
These visits will be trips that your children and those you visit remember for the rest of their lives, while also providing you with perspective throughout the year.
Have Christmas In Summer
Throw a small Christmas celebration in the summertime by following a few of your Christmas traditions like writing to Santa Claus or reading a Christmas story.
You can even have Santa Claus write to your kids to help remind them to be good throughout the year.
It never hurts to remind them that Santa is always watching!
While there are many other ways that you can maintain the Christmas spirit throughout the year, these are a few that can help you and your kids.
This article was written by Alyssa Gisseman who is a student at Brigham Young University. Alyssa is studying English language and editing.
She currently does copy writing and editing at Wallaroo Media.
She loves researching and sharing what she learns with others, especially when it is a topic as important as this one.
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