The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time for gifts, good food and family. It really is a wonderful time of year, but as a mom of four, planning for food, parties and thinking of all the gifts can also be stressful.

Holiday planning was on my radar in September. I was on the Internet searching for gifts I thought my children would be excited about all year. It went on like this for a few days when I finally snapped out of it and realized I don’t have a lot of memories of specific gifts I received growing up. Instead, I have memories of our traditions: the Christmas we were all sick and watched movies all day and the year we donated our Christmas to another family. So this year, instead of focusing on gifts, I’m going to focus on making memories with my family.

Here are 10 memory-making ideas I have:

  1. Light candles and read a Christmas story.
  2. Eat on fancy dishes.
  3. Do “12 days of service” in place of “12 days of Christmas.”
  4. Have a dance party.
  5. Learn a new Christmas song.
  6. Learn about the symbols of Christmas.
  7. Have a hot chocolate bar with lots of fixings.
  8. Make holiday cards for each other.
  9. Go on a drive to see Christmas lights.
  10. Plant a “Christmas flower” (Amaryllis bulb), and watch them grow and bloom.

I hope these ideas will help you create some new memories with your family that will last much longer than gifts.