You were wondering when I’d start the holiday posts … and here’s the first one!
When new people enter our families, a great way to welcome them is to include them explicitly in our family holiday celebrations.
- Creating a Christmas stocking for your au pair to hang along with the kids’,
- Getting an additional “au pair menorah” so that s/he has one of her own to light,
- Buying that extra ticket to The Nutcracker, or
- Hunting down another headband with reindeer antlers that she can wear while you decorate the tree–
— all of these are important ways to include your au pair as ‘part of the family”.
There’s another opportunity, too, for your family to
Create a tradition that is just for you and your au pair.
What’s a tradition that you wouldn’t do of you didn’t have an au pair, or maybe a tradition that your au pair can take back home at the end of the year?
“Daring To Live Fully” , by Marelisa, is a blog I stumbled upon years ago. I love to get her posts vie email because she often has great suggestions for… daring to live life fully. Marelisa just published a great list of 25 Christmas Activities Filled with Holiday Cheer.
Several of these ideas can be modified to fit the specific holiday(s) that your family celebrates this time of year, and some of them can help you enjoy the holidays being celebrated around you.
[see also: On celebrating each other’s religious holidays ]
Here’s an Au Pair-able Holiday Tradition that my kids would love, even now that they are older:
Go on a Christmas Scavenger Hunt.
Piling into the car to go look at the Christmas lights is fun, but going on a Christmas Scavenger Hunt is even better. Make a list of the things that you’re going to search for before heading out.
Your list can include things such as the following:
- A nativity scene.
- A polar bear.
- A reindeer.
- A snowman with a top hat.
- A Christmas tree in a window.
- Three wise men.
- Santa on his sleigh.
- (I’d add:) a menorah with the *wrong* number of candles lit
- A deflated Santa balloon
- Snoopy ice skating inside a snow globe.
You might also create a photo collage for Facebook by getting everyone to pose in front of the displays you find. (That could be fun for your au pair’s family back home too).
There’s always the classic suggestion:
Ask your au pair to share one of his or her holiday traditions.
But it might also be fun to add to the exchange by creating a new tradition together.
Any crazy ideas for celebrating the season with you au pair?
Let’s hear ’em!