25 Days of a Teenage Christmas

25 Days of a Teenage Christmas

The holidays will be upon us before we know it.

Here are 25 days for a teenage Christmas that you can incorporate into your schedule to make things easier on you in the long run. The list includes activities, but also ways to be prepared for later in the month so that you can enjoy it as much as everyone else. 

One of the things that I am trying to do is to be more intentional with my time. By asking ahead of time what my family likes, I can let go of some of the other things. 

I am going to try a questionnaire this year and see how it goes. There is always the chance that someone won’t think of everything as they are filling it out. We can always be sure to add it in the next year! 

Be sure to check out the book recs at the bottom of this post encouraging us all to slow down.

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Make a plan for the month of December.

When are finals for each of your kids? When will they be home? What are your teens’ work schedules? Make a master calendar to keep track of it all. Ask all members of your family what are their top 3 favorite events/traditions that they like to do. Combine all the lists, and let go of any traditions not on there. Re-evaluate each year.

Once your master calendar is set up, ask all participants in your family if they would like to try anything new? It is always fun to try new things. Don’t go crazy adding things. Maybe one new thing a year. Take turns who gets to pick.

I talk more about this on Youtube– check it out here!

I wrote this post because as our kids have grown, our traditions have changed, not always the “what”, but the “how”… Read on to find out what this means.

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25 days for a teenage Christmas!

•Be sure that you have a wishlist from all your teens to make sure that your shopping is on target.

•Order holiday pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve.


•Go see a holiday parade or living windows evening in your downtown. Check your community’s holiday calendar for any other fun events. 

•Choose a day to bake holiday cookies. Again, ask your teens for their top couple of favorite holiday treats, and don’t even think about baking anything else. There will be plenty more to do! Or try these cute little salt dough ornaments to make as gifts:)

•Pick a night to watch home movies from when they were little. Holiday home movies are the best! This can be an ongoing activity. 

•Bake bread (we love this cinnamon bread!) for the neighbors. Have your kids walk over with you so that they can see your kids now as older semi-adults. This is fun for everyone. Take them with you to see friends from old neighborhoods to deliver holiday cheer. This can be so fun!

•Schedule a night to work at your local soup kitchen. There is nothing like it to instill gratitude in our teens. Or, create blessing bags to distribute to the homeless. 

•Be sure to make sure you have time planned for gift wrapping. This can be an ongoing activity as well. Set up an extra bedroom with wrapping paper, ribbons, and cards for anyone to take advantage of as needed.

•Our teens/young adults still love to take hot chocolate and snacks out for a Christmas light tour. Play holiday music, and enjoy the conversation. We have taken the same tour for years. 

•Be sure that your teens have scheduled time to shop for gifts for each other and anyone else that is important in their lives. I usually give them some money for lunch, and they have a great time hanging out together. Here are my gift guide for teen guys and teen gals.

•Plan a day out for yourself with friends. Go out for lunch and shopping or a movie.

•Put a few movie nights on your schedule for old holiday favorites. Here is a great list

•We always put up our tree at Thanksgiving, but if we are not all there, we wait to decorate until all are present. Put this on your list of “things to do”.

•Our boys always offer to babysit for another family with younger kids so that the parents can have a night out for the holidays. This is fun for our boys and the young couple is always so grateful! (Bonus, the little kids love this night with the “big” boys.)

•Create a holiday playlist of everyone’s favorites.

•Have a cousin sleepover for old-time’s sake. The more the merrier!

•Work on a holiday jigsaw puzzle.


•Be sure to take pictures occasionally, even though they might not want you to. Make sure that you are in a few! Here are some holiday crafts that would be fun to do and take pictures of:)

•Spend a night in front of the fireplace with hot chocolate and no cell phones just visiting. Try this fun hot chocolate charcuterie board!

•If you are lucky enough to get snow, build a snowman.

•Donate old towels to the animal shelter, canned goods to the food bank, toys to a local shelter…

•Go ice skating, roller skating, play miniature golf or do some other activity with your family for a fun day.

•Interview an older relative about their childhood holiday memories. This is such fun! Continue on with other memories that they might have.

More ways to make sure that your holiday with your teen is great!

Make sure that your teens and young adults get to sleep on this holiday! They have been stressed about school all fall. Whether they have been online learning, away at school, working or some variation, they need time to decompress and relax. Agree ahead of the visit what you both think is reasonable. This will go a long way toward them being comfortable at home, and wanting to be there!

Create hygge!

There are some great books to check out for creating hygge, which is pronounced Hoo-ga―it’s “a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.”

Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year: A Little Book of Festive Joy -“Kempton gently encourages you to prioritize your holiday hopes and take a slower, more mindful approach to your celebrations.”

The Little Book of Hygge -“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience,” Wiking, the author, explains. “It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.”

The Little Book of Lykke -“We can deepen our blissfulness and contentment with little adjustments in our behavior,” again according to Wiking.

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Related posts: Great Games to Play With Your Teens, Fun Holiday Ideas on Budget, 49+ Holiday Movies to Watch With Your Teen.

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Best Stocking Stuffers For Teens

Best Stocking Stuffers For Teens

“Must Have” Stocking Stuffers

Stocking stuffers are my favorite way to give gifts to our boys! I know I have many fond memories growing up as a child of Christmas morning and running to see what was in my stocking. Finding the best stocking stuffers for teens can be a challenge!

One of my favorite Christmas memories was receiving a printout of the safety features of a car in my stocking.  I asked my parents if it was there by accident because it was a car that we didn’t have at the time.  Turns out that they had gotten this car for me to take back to college.

I was sooooo excited.  Mind you it was the ugliest car ever, but it was all mine, and I couldn’t have been happier.

Needless to say, that was my favorite stocking stuffer ever, especially since the key was in the toe of my stocking. (Sometime I will have to write a post on the ugly cars that my parents got for my sisters and me to drive.)

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There are so many creative ways to give gifts in a smaller way. Our boys love to open their stockings first every Christmas morning. Santa props them up next to the fireplace since a couple of times they have pulled the hooks off of the mantle from their weight.

I have put together a gift guide for stocking stuffers for your teens. I asked my teens and their friends for these ideas, so here you go!

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  • Sneaker balls -These are great for deodorizing stinky shoes in their gym bag or locker. My boys actually get embarrassed when their shoes stink. If your teen doesn’t notice the smell, then this is really a present for you!
  • Anker Power Core    –One of the most powerful ‘mini’ chargers on the market. It will add over one charge (6 hours talk time) to an iPhone 6, almost one charge to a Galaxy S6 or around one charge to most other phones. These are great to throw in a backpack or purse.
  • Swedish Fish    –‘Nuff said.  Really any candy works!
  • Duct Tape   –The uses for duck tape are endless, both for crafts and fixing things. My boys have many rolls of tape, and they have used it for so many things!
  • Sun Bum Chapstick  –Always a good choice! Contains soothing cocoa butter.  Gluten Free/100% Vegan.  Petrochemical-free.
  • Crazy Socks   –Moisture wicking, ventilation, smell free, soft touch and durability. Perfect gifts for a stocking!  Fits socks size 8-14; men shoes size 8-13 / women shoes size 7-13.  80% Cotton, 15% Nylon, 5% Spandex, soft and comfortable.
  • Fitbit Alta  –Track your activity levels, sleep patterns, and more with the black Fitbit Alta Activity Tracker in size small. This sleek band uses an array of sensors to keep track of how many steps you take, how far you walk, how many floors you climb, the number of calories you burn, and the time you spend active.  Alta is sweat, rain, splash proof.
  • Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds  –Crystal clear stereo sound.  The in-ear headset built in bluetooth V4.1 technology, and microphone give a real stereo music sound and stable calling. Sweat-proof and waterproof.  Up to 8 hours playing time. (My son got these for his birthday and loves them for the gym!)
  • 3-in-1 charger stand -Works for iPhone, earbuds, and Iwatch all at once. Super convenient, and it really doesn’t take up much room at all!
  • A Dogs Purpose  –Everyone love a great dog movie. But, seriously, any movie is a great idea for a stocking. My boys always like a couple of movies for their stockings.
  • Noise cancelling headphones   –Active Noise Cancelling technology. Significant noise reduction for travel, work and anywhere in between. Advanced active noise reduction technology quells airplane cabin noise, city traffic or a busy office, makes you focus on what you want to hear, enjoy your music, movies and videos. The noise cancellation function works well both in wire and wireless mode. https://www.reviews.com/noise-canceling-headphones/   (A great article on research about these type of headphones.)
  • Selfie Ring Light -If they are going to do selfies, they may as well be the best possible.  This clips on for easy use and is rechargeable.

Don’t forget that cash and gift cards are also great small gifts that are great stocking stuffers for teens!

A couple of great holiday party ideas for teens are in this post.  One for guys and one for girls. And, here are some easy DIY ideas for holiday crafting and gifting.

Also, check out our other holiday posts:  49 Holiday Movies to Watch with Your TeenBudget Friendly Ideas for the HolidaysGift Guide for Your Teen Girl,  and Gift Guide for Your Teen Guy.

Don’t forget that cash and gift cards are also great small gifts that are great stocking stuffers for teens!


A couple of great holiday party ideas for teens are in this post.  One for guys and one for girls. And, here are some easy DIY ideas for holiday crafting and gifting.

Also, check out our other holiday posts:  49 Holiday Movies to Watch with Your TeenBudget Friendly Ideas for the HolidaysGift Guide for Your Teen Girl,  and Gift Guide for Your Teen Guy.

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Best Gifts for a Teenage Girls

Best Gifts for a Teenage Girls

Shop Now for a Stress Free December!

Attention parents and grandparents of teenage girls! Not sure what to get your teenager? Here is my guide to the best gifts for teenage girls. This list is vetted by a number of teenage girls that I have reached out to. Check out the ideas below!

See also my gift guide for boys and ideas for stocking stuffers!  No decisions to make.  Just choose one or all! Any teenage girl would love one of these gifts.

Happy shopping! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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Some ideas I have used with my boys to instill gratefulness and giving are copied from my blog post here.

One thing that we have really tried to instill in our boys is a sense of gratefulness.  This is not always easy in this day and age.  Some ideas that have worked for us are listed below. Try these with your teenage girls!

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  1. Each time the boys make money, whether it’s allowance, money they’ve earned at a job, or gift money for their birthday, we ask that they save some for gifts that they might have to purchase in the future. This shows them that what they save matters. And, when they are shopping for gifts for friends or family, it means so much more to them that they are contributing to it themselves.
  2. When our boys receive gifts, they are required to write thank you notes.  This is not something that they enjoy, but they still have to do it. Sometimes, I am better than others at reminding them to do this, but I feel like it is so important to show gratitude to others for taking the time to purchase something that they like or enjoy. Most gifts cost money as well, so that needs to be appreciated as well.
  3. My boys have to think ahead and purchase gifts for one another. They really put a lot of thought into   the process, and it’s been fun over the years to see what they come up with. Usually 2 go in together     for the third brother, and so they work together, which is also really fun to see. Sometimes they   purchase gifts, and occasionally, they will make gifts.
  4. They are also supposed to get my husband and I each something or something for us together-we try to give them a few ideas ahead of time!

Now check out my ideas for the girls!

Best Gifts for Teenage Girls:

  1. Lululemon Black Wunder Under Pant Hi-Rise–  Love these!
  2. Rustic Jewelry Organizer–  This will hold all the jewelry that your girl has, and it conveniently hangs on the wall.
  3. GoPro Hero 7 (+ Extra USA Battery + Sandisk 32GB MicroSDHC U3 and Free Polaroid 16GB MicroSD Memory Card) This is not much more than just the GoPRo 7 alone!-  Dream gift for the adventurous girl.
  4. Ruffled Ankle Booties–  Cute for jeans or dressing up.
  5. Wireless, Waterproof, Speaker–  This has built-in mic, plays for 12 hours, and 2 built-in speakers.  Great for the pool or anywhere she wants to go.
  6. ArtNaturals Aromatherapy Essential Oil and Diffuser Set–  Comes with 8 starter oils:  peppermint, tea tree, rosemary, orange, lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus, and frankincense.  Has auto shut-off and a 7 color LED light.  So many uses for oils!
  7. Fun Hippie Boho Pants–  100% cotton, super comfy for all the lounging going on these days.
  8. The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal:  A Five-Year Record (goes with the book The Happiness Project)-  This would be a great gift for the beginning of high school or college!
  9. Kate spade New York Activity Tracker–  Cute way to keep track of all activity.
  10. Air Chalks Set:  10 Colorful Hair Chalk Pens–  Temporary color for fun accents on occasion.
  11. 12 pcs. Makeup Brush Set-  Cup holder and 12 professional cosmetic brushes

Here is a gift just for fun!  I just came across it, and it is the cutest little waffle iron!  So much fun for a sleepover or just for a fun breakfast.  Remember, you can cook lots of things in a waffle iron, so think outside the box with this one:)


Check out these other posts for the holidays:   Gift Guide for Teen Guys, Teen Stocking Stuffers, 49 Holiday Movies To Watch With Your Teen, Advent Calendars for Teens, and Budget Friendly Ideas for the Holidays.

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