What’s my family going to remember most about this Christmas?
A. the perfectly posed photo card I’m rushing to send out;
B. the iPod under the tree that’s likely to be old news by summer; or
C. a few hours doing something fun together when we’re all focused on the present and feeling great. I’m pretty sure the answer is C, which is why I’m going to try to put as much outdoor family time into this holiday as I can. Here’s what I have in mind:
12 Days of Outdoor Christmas
1. Light candles outside. Maybe it will be a Menorah with our Jewish relatives, the Advent wreath or plain white votives.
2. Go on an Evergreen Hike. Identify the pines, firs, holly and other plants still green and festive.
3. Get close with snowflakes. Catch them on black construction paper and study with magnifying glass. Then try to draw what we see with sidewalk chalk.
4. Stroll the neighborhood and enjoy the holiday lights.
5. Feed the animals! Make edible ornaments out of birdseed, fruit, fresh vegetables or cereal and hang around the yard.
6. Visit our favorite playground – haven’t been there in a while.
7. Look for animal tracks – Santa’s reindeer? Maybe make a plaster mold.
8. Visit a frozen creek.
9. Toast marshmallows over a bonfire, or at least the grill. Add crushed candy canes to the s’more recipe.
10. Clear out old toys and trinkets by making a geocache chock full of goodies for others to find.
11. Skate at outdoor rink.
12. Participate in a Christmas Bird Count.