Family Traditions... being that we’re a military family, we rarely get to spend holidays with our larger family, so Mike & I found ourselves coming up with some of our own traditions. .
One of them being that rather than gifts we do experiences. .
It honestly started when Mac would play more with there boxes that toys came in, than the toy itself. So, we started requesting grandparents chip in for experiences instead of toys. .
We have done this now for the past several years, for Christmas and Birthdays, and it’s become “our thing” and is so much more fun! Grandparents, Aunties, and Uncles now get to see pics of her trip to the sea life park, aquarium, or zoo thanks to her gifted annual pass, and hear all about the experience on their next FaceTime call. .
She’s been gifted ballet lessons, gymnastics, and this year she’s getting a pass to a lego camp that she’s been wanting to attend. .
Other ideas are music lessons, a gift certificate to a pottery painting class, cooking lessons, or a favorite book of yours, or better yet one you can record your voice in & reading to them. THE EXPERIENCES and MEMORIES make it so much more special and keep the memory of the gift alive long after just that day. .
Our other tradition is sponsoring kids and families to GIVE to, so that the emphasis is on giving instead of receiving. Mac gets so excited picking out things she knows will brighten another child’s holiday. .
Santa will surely still leave her “A” gift under the tree , but come Christmas morning, it will be much more about our time together and planning for all the adventures that 2018 will bring. .