Ho ho ho! It’s that time of the year, my friends. Time for eggnog, twinkling lights, telling your children that it’s okay for someone to climb down your chimney just this once and, you know, adding seven thousand things to your to-do list.
But! Do not fear! You can still get your Christmas shopping, cookie baking and gift wrapping done without the other holiday chores falling apart around you. Get your kids involved! It’s super easy, trust me, and will be a welcomed weight off of your shoulders.
(Unless your kids are like eighteen months old or something. It might just cause a bigger mess.)
Let them decorate the tree.
Decorating the Christmas tree is one of my favorite parts of the season, but it’s also an easy task to outsource if you want. My four year old and seven year old went NUTS over decorating the tree while my husband and I strung lights and filled stockings. Sure, you might have to spread out the ornaments on the lower three feet of the tree, but it’s a small price to pay. No more digging in the box, untangling ornaments and listening to your kids whine because they want to help. Let them do it.
Have them help with Christmas cards
When I send out Christmas cards, I sometimes do a small, personal message in the bottom of the card, but most of the time? I’m simply signing “Love, The Sollenbergers”. So, in order to make that process go much faster, I hand the cards and a sparkly red pen off to Chloe. She loves signing the cards, adding in hearts and her own little reindeer drawings, and our family loves seeing her little scrawls at the bottom of their Christmas card. Bonus: I let her younger brother add the stamps to the envelope!
Make them responsible for picking up the living room
This one is a dream come true. Our kids love being in the living room, but they also love bringing in their baggies full of Goldfish crackers, eighteen barbies, a giant dump truck and an entire Thomas the Tank train track set. In short, they like to make a giant mess. Normally, I clean it up as they wander off to do something else because it’s just quicker/easier, and I can guarantee that the toys go back where they’re supposed to and not within three inches of their bedroom door. However, during the Christmas season? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Our living room is already full of decorations and wrapped gifts, so a mess from the kids makes a big deal and I just don’t have the energy to keep it spotless, so it’s on the kids. They love it. Especially when I mention that there’s no way Santa is going to bring more toys if he sees all the ones they have in the living room.
And the very best way to get your kids involved with holiday chores?
Oh, just remind them that the big guy is watching. That one always works.
How do you get your kids involved with holiday chores?