On the nineteenth day of December my true love gave to me,
a rousing game of Monopoly.
As much of America is enjoying the beginning of Christmas Week, and their winter break from school, my own boys braved the cold 30 degree weather this morning and boarded their school buses. Hurricane Irene did not do us any favors, including tacking on 9 make-up school days this year. Two of them came out of Christmas vacation.
But all is well, and in the end those two days don’t matter because the excitement of Christmas Week is here! Only 6 more days-OMG-I-can’t-believe-it’s-almost-here! (This being said as the boys updated our little chalkboard.) We’ve had this thing for so long I can’t even remember when or where I got it, but we use it every year and the boys faithfully change the number each day.
In addition to parties, winter concerts, caroling, and parades, there are those nights you take it easy and just enjoy the down time with your family. Movie nights are nice but sometimes you really want to connect with your loved-ones and this is where turning off the TV and having Game Night comes in. We have shelves of games, but there are some favorites that allow for all four of us to play.
Take time to enjoy your family. Gather around the table, make some hot cocoa, put out a bowl of popcorn or a plate of cookies, and savor the season -and these moments- in good health, good spirits, and good fun.
“Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.”
~ Psalms 33:3 NIV