Christmas traditions

A LifeSquire Christmas

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'Twas a month before Christmas, & all through the town
the Squires were hurrying and rushing around;
The gifts were all purchased & wrapped with great care,
To Do lists were handled, no need to despair!

The houses were clean.  They had made all the beds,
The laundry was folded. And the pets were all fed. 
The dog had been walked. The clothes put away. 
They had dinner ready at the end of your day.

They replaced burnt out light bulbs from atop tall ladders,
You’ll know when they come that nothing’s the matter.
They polished the silver and took out the trash.
They moved through the houses as quick as a flash,

With a mix of assistants, all lively and quick,
You know in a moment that they’re the best pick.
More rapid than eagles, the Squires they came, 
And organized everything, so order could reign.

"Now, DISHES! Now, DUSTING! Now, done with the kitchen!
With checklists for tasks, there’s nothing that’s missing!
We’ve swept the front porch and tidied the hall.
Now cross it off! Cross it off! Cross it off all! 

They handle it all, those tasks under roof, 
And send you a wrap-up, in case you need proof.
They come to your space, and they turn it around,
They tidy, declutter, organization abounds!
 
Your tasks are all handled, So go and be merry!
Rest easy; they’ve got this! They’re your personal fairy.
And surely your mouth will draw up like a bow,
When you see all your ducks that they’ve put in a row.

They sprang to their sleighs, to the team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
Now hear them exclaim, as they drive out of sight,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!


Poem Reimagined By Ashlyn Johnson

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10 Christmas Traditions that will make your heart cheery

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When people say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, they aren’t lying. You hear stories about people coming together to help one another, you see people giving back to the community, people often have a pep in their step, and even though you may hate hanging up those Christmas lights, they bring a smile to your face whenever you see them.

But one thing you don’t see during your trips to the toy stores or standing in line at the Post Office is the holiday traditions. It is said that traditions are important because they create a strong family bond and life-long memories. Not sure what traditions you should start? Here are ten traditions to begin: 

Christmas movie surprises

Wrap up some of the Christmas movies you already own. Sit down with your family and pick a movie out of the pile. Unwrap and watch it.

Put together a night before Christmas box

Put together a box of items you can use to prepare for the arrival of Santa. Consider items like snacks, pajamas, movies, games, and anything else that promises a fun evening.

Send a letter or card of gratitude

A lot of people protect this country, and they would love to hear from you. Visit Operation Gratitude for more information on how you can send soldiers, veterans, and first responders thank yous.

Create Christmas hope notes

Before you put the stockings away, have each member of your family write a note about something they hope will happen before next Christmas. Wait until Christmas day the following year to read and share the notes.

Christmas crafts              

Get out the paints, glitter, and whatever else you need to make the perfect Christmas crafts. Surf Pinterest for craft ideas the whole family can enjoy. Leading up to Christmas, schedule a craft night with your friends and family.

Get a new ornament every year

Find an ornament every year that has special meaning to your family. Whether you snag one from a vacation you enjoyed, see one that memorializes a special moment or even just one from your favorite show, you will add something special to your tree annually. You can even grab a Sharpie and write on it the year you purchased it.

Christmas baking

Do you have recipes you have to make every Christmas? Maybe you’re the only one that can make it the way you do? Instead of letting that recipe disappear, gather your children or close family members and bake the item together. This will create lasting memories and a fondness for the special dish.

Christmas donation

Since Christmas brings new presents and toys, go through your home and find at least one item per family member to donate to a local charity. Giving back to the community not only makes you feel good, but it also is a great way to celebrate the gift of the holiday season.

Make a gingerbread house

Creating a gingerbread house has never been easier. So many stores sell kits, so all you have to do is the fun part. Grab a kit and spend the night decorating the house. Try your best to keep the candy on the house and out of your mouth.

Send out Christmas cards

In this day and age, everything is so digital we have almost forgotten how nice it is to receive something in the mail. So to fight the digital takeover, grab some cards and handwrite a message to your loved ones.

 

Now it’s your turn to share some of your Christmas traditions with us on our social media pages. Merry Christmas everyone!

 

Post Written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Strategist