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God created us with the ability to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the world around us. Our 5 senses work together to tell our brain what is happening to us and they help us to create memories. So whether we are looking at a house covered in twinkling lights, or smelling a delicious pan of baking cinnamon rolls, the senses play a big part in how we remember our experiences and environment.
This means that as we plan for the holidays, we can find inspiration by considering the things we see, smell, touch, taste, and hear in our homes.
Today I am sharing simple ideas to help your family enjoy this magical season as they use their God-given senses to cherish every moment!
*Make sure to click the links for the ideas! I know you will love them!*
- Decorate the Christmas tree with your child’s handmade ornaments.
- Have a family sleepover under the tree’s twinkling lights.
- Go for a drive to look at decorated homes. Bring hot chocolate and pick your family’s favorite house. Award that house with THIS Best Decorated House Certificate Printable.
- Attend a Christmas Eve candlelight service.
- Search for the pickle ornament on the tree.
- Watch a beloved Christmas movie (THIS ONE is our favorite!).
- Have Christmas music playing constantly. My favorite Christmas albums are by Pentatonix, Kari Jobe, and Hillsong.
- Go Christmas caroling and visit the elderly people from your church.
- Sneak outside and ring jingle bells underneath your child’s window on Christmas Eve.
- Read a Christmas book every night. THESE are a few of our favorites.
- Call a loved one and tell them THESE Christmas Jokes.
- Say a prayer around the Christmas tree before opening presents on Christmas morning.
- Read a verse a day from the Christmas story. Go HERE for a FREE Printable. <<MY MOST POPULAR CHRISTMAS POST!
- Sing “Silent Night” over your kids as they fall asleep.
- Place your family’s pajamas in the dryer for a few minutes before they are ready to wear them. This will feel so nice on especially chilly evenings!
- Leave a cozy blanket – THIS ONE is AMAZING! – draped on the couch.
- Handwrite a Christmas note to your child’s teacher, your church pastor, or next door neighbor.
- Roll out cookie dough with your kids and cut out Christmas shapes using THESE nativity cookie cutters.
- Build gingerbread houses using THIS simple method.
- Do the Christmas Morning Lego Challenge.
- Kiss your husband under the mistletoe.
- Bake a Happy Birthday Jesus Cake (see HERE for inspirations!).
- Cook THESE AMAZING Christmas meatballs.
- Eat THIS Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole as you open presents.
- Make Snow Cocoa.
- Take THIS DELICIOUS dip to a Christmas party.
- Buy a Chocolate Advent Calendar for the kids (and maybe you, too). 😉
- Whip up a batch of THIS cinnamon playdough.
- Make peppermint puffy paint for craft time!
- Buy THIS coffee as a stocking stuffer for adult loved ones or simply have it brewing all day long — smells SO GOOD.
- Have THESE cookies or THESE ones baking while decorating the tree.
- Light a candle. (SCROLL DOWN FOR MY FAVORITE CANDLE PICKS!)
I have some candle suggestions for you today if you are looking for something to make your home smell like Christmas!
My go-to brand for candles is the Chesapeake Bay Candle Company. Their candles are always made with the best ingredients (hello essential oils!) and they smell so good.
Here are my top picks for the holiday season! Click the links to shop and bring the magical aroma of Christmas into your home!
**my personal favorite! Smells like a Christmas tree!**
As we celebrate the holiday season, decorate trees, and gather with family and friends, the scent of evergreen pine, fresh balsam, and spiced pomander sets the joyful atmosphere. Hints of clove, amber, and spearmint provide fresh and uplifting notes to the festivities.
Enjoy the nostalgic scent of rich cinnamon spice intertwined with fresh notes of eucalyptus. Distinctive vanilla, bay leaf, and warm nutmeg mingle with sugar clove and cinnamon bark in a heartwarming aroma as indoor activities begin for the season.
Sparkling fruity top notes of juicy red berries, apple and wild black currant are carried along a botanical meadow breeze of rose, gardenia, and lily of the valley as white musk and fresh violet leaves balance this refreshingly natural fruity accord.
How do you plan to use the 5 senses when planning your family’s Christmas traditions and memories? I would love to HEAR your ideas in the comments below! << (SEE what I did there? Hahaha!)