Make This Christmas About Kids

In light of the Connecticut tragedy, I intend to make this Christmas about the kids. That’s who we really do this stuff for anyway. They’re the ones who are the most enthusiastic about Christmas.

A letter a first grader wrote to his friend, Jack Pinto, who was lost of Friday. This photo has become a sensation on Facebook.

A letter a first grader wrote to his friend, Jack Pinto, who was lost last Friday. This photo has become a sensation on Facebook.

And when so many babies were taken from us, let’s cherish all of our young ones. Here are some ideas on how to do that …

Bring your dog to a children’s hospital (but check with the receptionist first!)

Dress up like Santa and come to the door. Or Mrs. Claus. Or an escaped elf!

Volunteer at your local children’s hospital.

Spend time with your nieces and nephews actually playing the games that you just bought them.

Take your nieces and nephews to volunteer in your city.

Take the neighborhood kids around to go caroling. (Word to the wise, you need to tell them that you all are only going to do two songs per house, and you need to decide what they are. Otherwise you will be out there all night arguing over Rudolf, Frosty and some other Christmas character. And make them easy songs … actually Rudolf and Frosty might be the best two songs to sing with kids. There you go! Decision made. You’re welcome!)

{“Just hanging out” is an actual talent when it comes to kids who need attention. But leave the adult eggnog for afterwards}

Read your favorite Christmas story to your nieces and nephews.

Ask them to read their favorite Christmas story to you. Even if they can’t read yet.

Our living room book shelf with Man-Beast's old Christmas books from when he was a kid.

Our living room book shelf with Man-Beast’s old Christmas books from when he was little.

Donate what you can to Toys for Tots.

If you’re great at quilting or crocheting, make a blanket or scarf and donate it. Kids these days are channeling their inner Fresh Prince, so they’re into bright, neon colors circa 1992. What can I say? They have good taste.

Sit down together and write Santa a thank you card.

Color the thank you card together.

And if all else fails, blow up a balloon and see how long you all can keep it up in the air. Best. Game … really.

The good thing about caroling with kids is that they will drown out your horrible singing voice!

Whatever your talents are, hone in on those and make this holiday season about the kids. And remember that “just hanging out” is an actual talent when it comes to kids who need attention. But leave the adult eggnog for afterwards.

Kids are the ones who actually add the magic to the season.

And if you don’t like kids, take this time to figure out what the hell is wrong with you. I’m guessing you have social issues. Kids are great. Go discover them.

This therapy cat offers free smiles ... sometimes.

This therapy cat offers free smiles … sometimes.

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About julieschicklit

My book blog is dedicated to finding books, stories & ideas that redefine women's literature to be something smarter & funnier. More RAWResome lit for ladies. I am remaining some-what anonymous because I have a day job. My Man-Beast and I are soon going to live abroad in China, so that's why I'm a reblog-aholic.

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