A few years ago our youngest daughter, Maggie, decided our family was too boring.
At least on Christmas day.
You see, we’re in ministry so we have a pretty intense season and a more intense Christmas Eve. What little family are in the area we see on Christmas Eve, so Christmas day basically we were just collapsing in pile of flannel pj’s and sloth.
And Maggie decided this was not acceptable.
So here’s what she did. She assigned each of us in our family a block of time on Christmas day. (Yes, she’s a tad bossy :))
Our assignment: Lead the family in a creative activity of our choosing. And everyone else has to cheerfully participate.
This has resulted in crazy activities like the Crosby version of the Amazing Race (with challenges all around our town), and sledding with our dog,
and a holiday competition based on Minute to Win It,
playing Secret Santa to an inner city family, along with quieter blocks of time for watching home videos and reading.
I share all this in order to make a suggestion. Now that the trash is filled with crumpled wrapping paper, what if you give your kids one more gift this Christmas?
The gift of a day. A day without phones, or internet. A day where they each get what they want – to be the boss of the family and choose an activity for you to do together.
If that sounds too “big”, spread it out. How about if each day of vacation a different child gets to choose one activity for the day?
By Laura Crosby
Wife to John, Mom of 2
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member, Pastor, and Blogger