6 Fun Family Campfire Traditions

If you love a crackling summer campfire, you'll love these ideas for creating campfire traditions and lasting memories with your family! 6 Fun Family Campfire Traditions - @Tipsaholic #traditions, #familyfun, #kids, #summer

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It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a crackling outdoor fire.  Whether you’re planning a camping trip or just like to cozy up around a backyard fire-pit, campfires can be great fun for everyone!  Chances are you’ve got some of your own campfire traditions you like to do as a family, but there are always more ways to get the kids involved.  Up the entertainment value of your campfires with these fun family traditions!

 

 

1. Ghost Stories.  We’ve all heard about this creepy campfire activity, but have you passed it down to your own kids?  Perhaps you don’t remember the ghost stories from your youth, or you could use a little help with some new ghost stories your kids haven’t heard a thousand times!  Check out American Folklore – which has a section designated to ghost stories, one for spooky campfire stories and one for supernatural romance.  Or try these books: 50 Real American Ghost Stories and Creepy, Book 1.

 

 

2. Campfire Songs. Of course you’ve probably sung a campfire song or two in your day.  This tradition is still a great one for kids to take part in.  If you’ve gotten rusty over the years, there are a lot of sources that can help you out.  The site Songs for Teaching has a section devoted to campfire songs both silly and traditional.  Bonus: along with the written lyrics, you can also play either the vocal or piano musical tune!  If you play the guitar, you might like a book of lyrics and chords, like this one, so you can learn to play along!

 

 

3. The Great Cookout.  If you’re spending time at home during your summer vacation, you could designate a day for “The Great Cookout.”  Come up with a menu for the whole day comprised entirely of meals that can be cooked over the campfire!  If you’re sick of the age-old hot dogs and s’mores, here are some ideas for campfire breakfasts, here are more hardy meals, and here’s some sweet treats you’ll definitely want to try!  Let everyone participate in the planning process, from picking the meals, to shopping for ingredients.  Then cook together and eat outside.

 

 

4. Campfire techniques.    Use your campfire as a teaching tool for the family.  Each time you make a fire in your pit or while you’re camping, try out different techniques.  For instance, try different methods of stacking the wood to build the fire.  Did you know there are actually 9 different ways to light a fire without matches?  Try each one!  Make a few different “fire starter kits” and test them out to see which work best.  Your kids are guaranteed to remember all they’ve learned with you around the fire!

 

 

5. Roast new things. Sure, you’ve roasted hot dogs on a stick and probably marshmallows as well, but have you ever roasted a Starburst and eaten them when they’re bubbly and warm? Or fruit kebabs – with strawberries and pineapple?  How about roasting campfire cones or banana boats?  There are a ton of things your kids can have fun roasting, so why not switch it up and try roasting new things each time?  Here are a few savory ideas of what to roast.

 

 

6. Family Meeting.  When everyone’s gathered together around the campfire, feeling safe and cozy, it can be the perfect time to have a “family meeting.”  Your family meeting can be personalized to your family’s needs – there are so many ways to incorporate this idea.  You could have each person take a turn talking about the positive things that happened that week.  Or let each person talk about something that’s bothering them and come up with solutions together.  Or you could incorporate a religious devotional into your campfire night.  Let someone else plan a message or scripture each time you gather by the campfire.  Another possibility is to take turns having each person talk about their faith and what they believe in.  You may even want to incorporate a “talking stick” to pass around – when someone holds the stick, it’s their turn to share!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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8 Christmas Traditions To Try This Year

In search of some new family Christmas traditions? Here are 8 Christmas Traditions To Try This Year - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #traditions, #Family, #holidays, #kids, #christmastraditions

 

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For many of us, the holiday season can be a time of chaos – rushing to holiday events, cooking and baking holiday favorites, parties, concerts, family get togethers, traveling, decorating, making, doing, buying… it can be an overwhelming whirlwind if we let it!  It’s important to carve out some time to be with our loved ones and create lasting traditions everyone will cherish.  Christmas traditions make the holidays less frantic and more meaningful.  They strengthen family bonds and provide the fodder for memories that will withstand the test of time.  Chances are, you already practice several traditions that have been passed down from your parents or even grandparents.  If you’d like to start a few new traditions this year, we’ve got some ideas for you!  There’s always time to start something fun and new – and find something that perfectly suits your current family situation.

 

1. Host a Cookie Swap Party.  The holidays can be crazy with Christmas parties for work, church, school, family; but this party is one with a purpose!  For a cookie swap, invite friends and family who enjoy baking to make their favorite Christmas treat and bring it to share.  Everyone takes a few of each home with them for a smorgasbord of delicious treats to enjoy with their own families.  This is a great way to cut down on your own baking, not to mention your grocery bill!  Be sure to provide cute boxes and tags for your guests to pack their cookies in, plus include “free samples” with your party food.  Play Christmas music to set the mood and have warm drinks available like cider and hot chocolate.  Check out this guide on Better Homes and Gardens for more ideas!

2. Make some “special deliveries.” Once your Christmas treats are all baked and boxed up, take some to the local fire station, police station or your family doctors office.  This is a great way to thank them for the service they provide the community while wishing them a happy holiday!

3. Hold a special birthday party.  On Christmas night, when the excitement has settled, host a small birthday party.  Make a cake with a candle and put up a few decorations.  Explain to your family that this birthday party is special, because it’s the day Christ was born!  This is particularly meaningful for very young kids who might night understand the why behind Christmas.

4. Nativity Count Down.  Wrap each piece of the nativity scene in special paper and include the corresponding scripture or a simple explanation and story in the package.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, take turns unwrapping one package each day as a family and read the scripture or story together.  Whoever unwraps the item gets to decide where it will be placed in the stable.  Unwrap the baby last, on Christmas morning.

5. Enjoy the arts.  Christmastime is a veritable treasure trove of performing arts events.  As a family choose one play, musical, ballet or concert to attend in or around your area.  They can be professionally produced or community activities.  Check your newspaper for listings and look online at specific theater venues for their seasonal events.  The spectacle of the arts can really bring the season to life!

6. Rock out.  Create a holiday playlist full of favorite seasonal tunes.  Have each family member contribute ideas and make the list together.  Play it as often as you can (even in the car!) but reserve a special time – perhaps right after dinner – when you have a “dance party” and everyone dances and sings along!  This nightly ritual will be especially popular among kids 10 and under.

7. Christmas Camp-Out.  Have a special Christmas-themed camp-out right next to your Christmas tree.  Have your family bring sleeping bags and pillows, set them up around the tree and leave all the lights on.  Pop popcorn and make hot cocoa.  Read a few favorite Christmas stories and sing Christmas carols.  If you’ve got a fireplace, don’t forget to light a cozy campfire!  You could do this on any night leading up to Christmas, but it would be an especially fun way to end a day of putting up the tree and decorating it!

8. Get Chinese food.  Have you seen the movie A Christmas Story?  One of the best parts is when Ralphie’s family ends up in the Chinese restaurant on Christmas Eve because their special Christmas dinner is unintentionally ruined.  You can adopt this into your Christmas traditions!  On Christmas Eve, load up the family and eat out at your favorite Chinese restaurant!  Don’t like Chinese?  You could go anywhere, really, but Chinese restaurants seem the most likely to be open and uncrowded.  No big dinner to make, and no clean up!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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