Now that my children are older and are not looking with great anticipation for the arrival of the jolly old man dressed in red, I have been searching for new ideas that we can add to our Christmas traditions to continue to keep the season full of excitement and wonder. It’s so easy when they are young and everything about the season brings wonderment and joy.
However, it seems like the past few years that I have had to put forth great effort to keep Christmas alive in our hearts. We were at a family gathering recently and my nephew was telling us a story about his three year old and their Elf on the Shelf. I miss those days. I truly enjoy my children and the ages they are now but I do miss some of the simple things about Christmas that make it so memorable.
My daughter picked out every gift she will be receiving this year so the aspect of surprise will definitely be missing. She has picked out her gifts for the past several years because it cuts out the step of returning most of it after Christmas. I think someone needs to invent an Elf on the Shelf for Teens. The person who comes up with this idea will be a marketing genius and an instant success. I can’t be the only parent out there with this same dilemma. Let’s get together after Christmas to brainstorm this idea.
As our family celebrates the true reason for the season, I wish for each of you the peace and joy that Christmas brings. From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.
Anyone have any clever Christmas traditions thats teenagers will actually get excited about?