December Memories to Make


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One of the best things about the month of December is all the opportunities for memory making. My family has established many traditions that make this a time of year that we all look forward to. We open our Lego advent calendars every day and build the yearly addition to our Lego holiday village.

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We love to go downtown (Salt Lake City, Utah) to see the lights and decorations.

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Another tradition we enjoy is attending the Festival of Trees each year. It’s a huge showcase for decorated trees and holiday items that are all auctioned off to raise money for Primary Children’s Hospital. This was my favorite gingerbread house from the Festival this year.

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One of our very favorite activities is learning about how the holidays are celebrated in other countries and cultures. We pick a few countries to study each year during December so we can have special learning dinners where we eat popular foods from that country. We’ve eaten foods from Greece, Germany, Italy, Denmark, and Mexico, and discussed how the December holidays are celebrated in each location. My kids are already asking about which countries we are going to do this season. I’m thinking we need to “travel” to Eastern Europe and Asia to see how they observe the season.



Here’s what Anne does to make memories in December:

During December we try to find time to read a Christmas book each day (this year we are going with Jostein Gaarder’s The Christmas Mystery, I love that book). We also light candles and make sure to be outside in the snow if the weather isn’t too cold. I love to drink a cup of hot cacao in the evenings and we try to spend some time making a few Christmas decorations as well.Every year we meet at my mom’s house to bake and decorate gingerbread men together with my brother and his family. I love that tradition!



What do you do to make memories in the month of December? Do you need some ideas or prompts to jog your memory? Here are some fun holiday activities:

  • Go out and see the holiday lights
  • Decorate gingerbread houses (you can make small ones out of graham crackers if you want a no-bake version)
  • Bake cookies
  • Go caroling
  • See a local production of a holiday show like A Christmas Carol
  • Attend a religious meeting or presentation
  • Donate to your local food bank or favorite charity
  • Go shopping and look at seasonal window displays
  • Build a snowman (or a sandman)

December is a wonderful month for enjoying holiday activities and celebrations – don’t forget your camera!

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