We are continuing 12 Days of Holiday Free Family Fun with our friends at ZiggityZoom. Our ninth guest blogger is Pauline Campos of www.aspiringmama.com. Pauline M. Campos is a stay-at-home writer mama and a featured www.owningpink.com contributor, an editor on www.bookieboo.com, a book reviewer at www.hippocampusmagazine.com and a writer at the www.anarmyofermas.com humor site.
You can also follow her over on Twitter at @aspiringmama.
When asked how she keeps her kids busy during the holidays, while teaching them about giving back to others, Pauline said:
For us, getting ready for Christmas means watching classic movies like The Grinch who Stole Christmas, listening to Christmas music all day, and counting down how many days are left until Santa comes with our Advent calendar.
But most importantly, I’m trying to make sure our four-year-old understands that Christmas is about giving. With that in mind, we have gone shopping for items requested by a two-year-old on a Christmas Angel tree at her preschool, made a special trip to buy a new toy for Toys for Tots, crafted gifts of appreciation for her teachers, and are sorting through her gently used toys so she can decide what to donate to local charities.
But the most time-consuming activity, of course, is cleaning the house so Santa (and her grandmother who is flying in for a Christmas surprise) is impressed with how clean our house is. Wouldn’t want Santa to think we’re messy, right?