I’m Fa-la-laing Covid Away!
  Nerissa Hosein
FEATURES
December 2021

Hold up Covid! Not this year in my house! Nope, I refuse to let this virus take more away from my kids and my family than it already has and it won’t “Ba humbug” the holidays either! This year, we thought it would get better and we thought that maybe there was an end in sight, but the virus seems to be looming over the holidays even more than it did last year and my young ones are even more restricted and stressed than they were last year. But Covid is not going to ruin Christmas!

Let’s face it: This year has been depressing, especially for kids. They have lost almost all social activities and almost all interactions with their friends and family, and Christmas time isn’t going to change that, but probably make it worse. We as adults are struggling, much less for the kids. As parents, it’s our responsibility to make the holidays as bright and as joyous as we can for them. If there is any time of the year that is truly filled with magic, it’s Christmas. This year we should make the effort to bring the magic to them.

It may sound like an impossible task, especially seeing that so many parents have been struggling financially. But there is a way to make the season festive and bright on a budget. I have found that what kids love the most sometimes is spending time with their parents, so it matters when we pause our worries and burdens and do something with them. This year, they may not be able to go out to see Christmas at malls and toy stores but that doesn’t mean that we can’t try to give them hope.

Here are some simple, budget friendly tips to bring Christmas to the home:

 

Christmas Movie Night: 

Break out the popcorn and start going down the list, because every Friday night is Christmas movie night at my house. Whether it’s The GrinchNoelleThe Santa Clause or Polar Express, we pull those mattresses out in the living room, take off all the lights and watch a classic! 

Here are some great movie ideas:

https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/g5016/christmas-movies-for-kids/

 

Crafting:  

Whether it’s to make their own Christmas banner, or decorate a wall in their room, kids love to be creative, so why not encourage it? There are tons of ideas online. This year, my boys and I made a fireplace with bristol board and cardboard boxes!

Find some cool ideas here:

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/g34112389/christmas-crafts-for-kids/

 

Cooking: 

This is the time of the year that sugar is not so bad, right? Come on! We’ve eaten our vegetables all year, so bring on the sugar cookies and fruit cake and get the kids in on the action. It’s simple, fun for the whole family and again kids love being involved in things. My sugar cookies don’t always turn out to be the best lookers, but the kids love to decorate them and they taste pretty good!

 

Photograph by Nerissa Hosein

 

Game Nights: 

Whether it’s the games that you learned as a kid or board games or the forever popular hide and seek, play with them. I know we as adults are tired and stressed, but it won’t kill us to suck it up for one night a week and have some fun with them. 

 

These ideas may sound minimal but trust me, kids appreciate effort and after the year they have had, we owe it to them as parents to make the holidays as festive and fun as we can possibly make them. It’s not always about expensive gifts. Many parents will struggle this year with that and it’s hard when you can’t buy the gifts the kids want. But time and love are two of the most important things that we can give right now to our loved ones. Even if you can’t find the cheer to be merry for yourself, at least try to find it for the kids. We have no idea what 2022 is going to bring, so allow this Christmas to be something they can cherish always.

 

By: Nerissa Hosein | FEATURES | December 2021


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