Happy New Year! You may remember that in my first blog ‘Christmas Memories’ I promised to take Charles Dickens’ advice to ‘… hold Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.’ So, whilst most people are talking about New Year’s Resolutions and new beginnings, I thought I’d focus on keeping the Christmas magic going a little bit longer – or all year if possible!
To me Christmas is about spending time with family, adorning the house with Christmas decorations and getting in touch with friends I’ve not seen for a while. With these in mind I’ve come up with 5 ways to keep the Christmas memories alive into 2014:
- Christmas card game
- Games night
- Winter walks
- Friends on Friday
- Deck the walls
Christmas card game
A great game for kids, and a way to keep your Christmas cards out and being useful for a bit longer! Simply cut each picture in half, then give each child 10 halves and get them to count to 30 (or longer if you need it) whilst you hide the other halves around the house. You can make the hiding places as easy or as difficult as you want. Then challenge the children to find all of the matching pictures for their halves. Whilst you put on the kettle and relax for 5 minutes!
Every Boxing Day evening we have a family games night where the pictionary, charades and other boxed games make their annual appearance. Every year we say how much we enjoy it, so this year we’re going to set a monthly games night on the last Saturday of every month and spend some quality family time together. Give it a go, it’s great fun! If you haven’t any games, try having a look in the sales or charity shops – you’re sure to find a bargain or two.
Over the Christmas holidays we spent lots of time going for walks – some were near towns followed by a coffee shop visit, others were in the wilds of the Pennines, although my 2 year old daughter still kept asking when we were going to get to the coffee shop! Whilst on the walk in the wilds my 6 year old son, clutching a stick and caked in mud, commented that it was much more exciting than being at boring home. So with this thought in our heads we have vowed to do more country walks – with as much mud, water and sticks as we can find. And we won’t be afraid to let them get dirty and wet – modern washing machines can cope with it!
Friends on Friday
Christmas this year was a time we prioritised for catching up with friends we’d not seen for a while, and we enjoyed it so much that we’ve decided to think about ‘Friends on Friday’ ie making sure we meet up with more friends at the weekend. It doesn’t have to take a lot of planning or energy – just a quick text or facebook message to arrange a get together each weekend, either a walk, cinema visit, meal, or drink at a local pub – whatever it takes, just don’t loose touch with friends in the race to get through life.
Deck the walls
I don’t know about you, but our walls look very bare now that all the cards and decorations have been taken down. So this week I’ve been looking at picture frames, wall art (pictures and quotes) to brighten up our walls a little bit. And or course, a Patch Keepsake Picture would be sure to brighten up your wall and keep those Christmas memories alive – take a look at our Products page for ideas.
Well, that’s all my ideas for now. I hope they give you some inspiration, and if you have any other ideas I’d love to hear them – just leave me a comment. Until next time – Happy Memories!