“There’s some! There’s some!” These are the words that used to be yelled from the backseat of the car from my sisters and I every time we would see Christmas lights. There is just something about Christmas activities and decorations that bring out the excitement in us all. I love to find Christmas activities that we can do as a family. I know that not all of our readers are form the Tampa area, but here are a couple of our family favorites for all ages.
One thing we have made a tradition that we go view on Christmas Eve is “The Symphony of Lights” at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. The lights are choreographed to music and go off every hour on the hour from 6pm-9pm through December 31 st . The best part for us Floridians is that once the music stops, it begins to “snow” and the children light up with excitement. For more information and other activities at Wiregrass during this time, please visit here.
Another activity that has become a must see for our family is the Chick-Fil- A on Waters Avenue in Tampa. They have lights, lights, and more lights complete with Santa and Christmas performances by local schools, civic groups, and churches. You can visit their Facebook page for more information on the performances and special events happening from now until December 24th.
As a family, we pick we night to load into the car with our hot chocolate and look at Christmas lights around our neighborhood. Last year I wanted to make it a little different since my children are getting older. I found a Christmas lights scavenger hunt online and they had a blast. They each had different things they were looking for as we drove around, which also turned our night into a little friendly competition.
Busch Gardens in Tampa hangs over one million lights in their “Christmas Town.” They have Christmas themed activities for the family, Santa’s House, and the kids can meet Rudolph this year.
As you can tell, we love all things Christmas and my list could go on and on, but there is the list of my faves! While I am on the topic of Christmas, I also want to share how our family does Christmas gifts as we have a unique, but amazing tradition!
I am a gift giver. I love to give gifts to others. Christmas has always been my favorite because I love looking for that perfect gift for my friends and family. This can also tend to be stressful for me because I like to make sure that my children have the same amount of gifts. As I wrap their gifts, I notice that one has 3 more gifts then the other so I, of course, have to run out to the store to make sure that they each have the same amount of gifts.
My husband and I discussed a couple years ago about how we can change this within our family and bring back the real meaning of Christmas and celebrating the birth of Jesus. I was introduced about the “four gift” idea from a friend: something they want, something they need, something to share, and something to read. I fell in love this idea. We introduced it to our children and to be honest, I was so nervous that they would think we had lost our minds. They LOVED the idea and instantly came up with a list of their items.
Our children write a couple items for each category so they are still surprised on Christmas morning. My Christmas shopping is stress-free because I buy their four items and stocking stuffers and then I am finished. No more counting gifts to ensure the have the same amount. We still fill their stockings with lots of goodies and gift cards. I have created a Christmas list that my children use and you can too. “The magic of Christmas is not in the present, but in His presence.”
Hope you have a merry Christmas!
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