It was our first time and my heart was giddy with excitement for what was to come. The kids had been neatly tucked into bed for about ten minutes and I was poised to announce the thrill of the season.
I stood in the middle of the living room and shook the jingle bells as loud as I could. “Everybody in the car,” I shouted. “It’s time for our first annual Christmas Lights Night!”
They burst out of their rooms with excited bewilderment smeared all over their tiny faces. I’m fairly certain that the older ones thought mom had gone crazy. I mean what kind of mother “wakes” up her kids after putting them to bed and throws them in the car for a night of fun?
I can answer that. She’s the kind of mom who wants to make a memory.
We piled in the van, which was freshly stocked with styrofoam coffee cups filled with hot chocolate. The radio blared our favorite Christmas carols and the sweet squeals of my precious children could be heard even outside of the van.
I made up this little scavenger hunt on scrap paper where my kids could check off popular Christmas decorations as they spotted them. I probably don’t have to tell you that it was a night we will never forget. In fact, the kids talked about it for an entire year until the next Christmas came. And then they began wondering: Would Mom do it again? What night might she ring those bells?
I have to admit that my heart is full of joy just thinking about doing it again in a few days. It’s really a simple tradition. It’s even free. Which reminds me of the whole point of Christmas. It’s not about fancy packages, elaborate dinners, or perfect families. It’s about giving each other the gift of love.
So are you in? I’d love for you to join us in the Christmas Lights Night tradition. In fact, I’ve even upgraded my little piece of scratch paper to a beautiful printable!
I’m so excited just thinking about all the fun that your family will have this year with the Christmas lights scavenger hunt! I pray that you will cherish each moment because long after the newest toy is shoved broken under the bed, these memories will be treasured in their hearts!
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