When my girls were tiny we began a fun summer tradition of Christmas in July. While the weather blazed outside, I cranked up the air a bit and we created an imaginary cool day. Looking for something free and easy to do with your kids this last week of July? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
*Set the mood – Get out your favorite Christmas CDs or tune into Pandora (we like the Bing Crosby Christmas station)
*Create the environment – If you have piles of Christmas books, display them where kids can see them. Pull out a scarf and hat and pretend it is freezing (kids get a kick out of this part). Put out a few candles or a simple strand of lights if handy. Surprisingly, Hobby Lobby already has all their Christmas stuff out if you really want to get more elaborate here.
*Plan the activities – The internet is loaded with free sites to print off coloring pages and games. Make a recipe that is usually reserved for holidays. Gingerbread men are tasty any time of the year. Make ornaments out of salt dough. Read and reenact the Christmas story. Sheets can be used for a stable and/or clothing.
*Eat good things- The highlight of our day was making pancakes shaped like snowmen. Easy to do! Thin down the batter a bit for ease of pouring into shapes. Drink cocoa with marshmallows or cider.
This is one guaranteed way to create lasting memories with very little effort. What does your family do that is silly to beat the summer heat?