Thursday, November 29, 2018

Kicking off Christmas!

Hi Friends!!

It's not quite December, but the holidays are in FULL SWING!! We're busy decorating for Christmas, planning fun Christmas activities for school and home, and trying to finish up our Christmas shopping! We had family pictures made for our Christmas card over Thanksgiving break, so that's one thing I can scratch off the to-do list!

It's true that this season is filled with lots of things to do. It's easy to get caught up in the business of the holidays and forget to relish the small things, the time with friends and family, and the memories just waiting to be made. I have to remind myself regularly to slow down and focus on being present instead of focusing on buying or wrapping all the presents! I created this Winter bucket list a few years ago that we keep on the fridge to remind us of what we should be focused on: spending time with the ones we love! We don't always get through the whole list, and that's ok! You can download a copy for free by clicking HERE. 

Because I work with students in pre-school through fifth grade and have a 5 year old and 1 year old of my own, I get asked A LOT about what kinds of books and toys I recommend for gifts. I put together a quick compilation of some of my current favorites for the holidays.

Many of you who follow along on social media know that I live for children's books, and every year we wrap 25 Christmas books up at home for the kids to unwrap and read each night. They love this tradition, and it's one I hope we can continue for many years to come! I usually wrap some of their favorites, and add a new one or two each year. Besides some of the toys that are currently at the top of their lists and some great options for therapy too, I also included some of our favorite Christmas books that may help you add to your collection. Everything included on my Amazon page are items that I have personally used and stand by!

This link will take you to my Amazon affiliate page where you can see my suggestions for items perfect for kids during the Christmas season. There are also pages there with my game and year-round book favorites too.

I hope this helps you spend less time looking for awesome gifts for your own kiddos, family members' or friends' kiddos, or even your therapy room this Christmas, and instead gives you more time to spend with those you love!


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