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Best Christmas Ever: 15 Ways To Make the Most of the Holiday Season with Your Kids

By Serge Bielanko |

Yes, Violet, there is a Santa Clause.

The first thing people tell you when you become a parent is that time flies.

“Enjoy every moment,” they say, a wedge of warning dangling off the edge of their voice. “They grow up quick, those babies do!”

But for most of us, we’re too busy to really heed their wisdom.

We’ve got our hands full trying to change a diaper with one hand while we attempt to keep the kid from swallowing the golf ball he or she has somehow managed to wrap their lips around (where the HELL did they get a golf ball??!!)

Then if we’re lucky enough, after about a year of chaos and memories and milestones, we turn around one day and are slammed with the hard-hitting lightning bolt of realization: those people were right!

Our kids are growing up too fast!

All of those parents who have been through this already and who warned us to savor it all because it moves swiftly: it turns out they were right. Time is a jerk.  The weeks and months have been blasting past us and we’ve been too preoccupied to notice.

And nothing hurts worse than being so caught up in the holidays that, come New Year’s Day, you look over at your kids through tired eyes and mutter,” Where have you guys been for the last three weeks??!!!”

But, don’t let Christmas slip away this year though, okay? Kids really shine during that time between Thanksgiving and December 25th and with good reason; it’s the season of endless imagination and possibility and excitement.

Listen, I have been a dad now for 4 years now, and a Christmas junkie for like ten times as long as that.

And after a lot of trial and error, I think I have finally figured out some of the best ways to make the most of the holiday season with my kids.

So that when this magic season finally does arrive, we’re ready to really live it the way it was meant to be lived.

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How to savor the holidays

Calls From Santa

I don't mess around when it comes to Christmas. I am a die-hard. A junkie. I bleed tinsel and candy cane, if you know what I'm saying. And when November rolls in, I often pretend that I am on the phone with Santa Claus. Not just a quick 'hello' either. I have full on conversations with him in the presence of my three year-old daughter and one year-old son. Then, I hand the phone to them and just talk to them in his voice. They don't seem to care that I'm obviously the voice they are speaking too either! They talk to me as if I was the REAL DEAL! It's such an awesome way to get into the holiday spirit with little kids. Or, maybe I'm just full-on crazy. Either way, it rules.

 

You can also find Serge on his personal blog, Thunder Pie.

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More from Serge:

The Keys To the Kingdom of Everything: Why I’m Really Thankful To Be a Dad (PHOTOS)

Thoughts On Voting With My Daughter

Pass the Turkey, Pilgrim! : When School Kids Meet The First Thanksgiving (PHOTOS)

Down In the Emergency Room: A Tale of Fragile Dadness

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About Serge Bielanko

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Serge Bielanko

Serge Bielanko writes about fatherhood for Babble Dad and about marriage stuff for Babble Voices at He Said/She Said. His writing has appeared in Esquire and The Huffington Post, as well as on his personal blog, Thunder Pie. He lives with his wife and two kids in central Pennsylvania. Read bio and latest posts → Read Serge's latest posts →

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