This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are my own.
When it comes to the holidays, it’s important to us to have traditions that we do year after year with our family. It’s how memories are made.
Our oldest son was born in 2004, since then (16 years ago!) we’ve been doing some holiday traditions that the kids look forward to and know will be done every year (regardless of how busy we are!).
- Sending out holiday cards
- Making holiday cookies for our neighbors
- Creating our own ornaments for the tree
- Wearing matching pajamas (it was easier to do when they were younger!)
- Making gingerbread houses
Even though this holiday season is different than all the others, we’re still able to look at our tradition list and make a go of it!
Holiday cards were sent out a week ago! We chose a summer photo this year rather than a winter photo, but I love this photo because all the kids are looking and smiling.
Holiday cookies have been made, but this year (due to everything going on) we didn’t send them out. We traditionally make Cake Mix Cookies, so it was fun making those with the kids last weekend and letting everyone add some of their favorite toppings.
Our 2020 holiday ornament was made this year. We were inspired by one of our family friends who created a Santa ornament out of a shell. Since we live in Rhode Island (the Ocean State!) it was fun to re-recreate this for our own tree.
Matching pajamas have been bought and worn. The boys are getting older and asking (OK, begging!) me not to share photos of them online, but Victoria doesn’t mind. I always get an extra set for me to wear, too!
Gingerbread houses are NOW made, too! We got creative this year and used Quaker Chewy Holiday Minis as our base which worked PERFECTLY because I didn’t have to make any gingerbread and they were the perfect “bricks” as the house went up.
If you’re into making holiday houses with your kids, you HAVE to try using Quaker Chewy Holiday Minis this year. It was the easiest and most fun because it was (literally) seamless to bring the base of the house together. The mini size was even more perfect for creating the house.
We took a cardboard box and layered it up with frosting, then added the Chewy bars on. It was like adding tiles, they went up so easily and stayed put. You just need to make sure you add a good layer of frosting for them to stick to.
We just kept adding them all around the cardboard box until we had the entire house covered with Chewy bars. After the house was covered, it was time to decorate and add some festive flair.
You’ll love these Chewy Holiday Minis. They are made with 100% whole grains and other delicious ingredients and is a convenient snack that parents can feel good about giving their kids.
Nothing gets chocolate lovers cheering like a Chocolate Chip Quaker Chewy Holiday Minis Bar. Every chewy-licious bite is made with real, mouth-watering chocolate chips the kids will love. Plus, each bar contains no artificial preservatives, artificial flavors or added colors, making it a great choice for snacking anytime!
The hardest part about making these houses?
Making sure the kids didn’t eat them as we created it! I’m telling you, this is such a fun activity to do with your kids during the holidays. With kids on school break right now through the New Year, many of us are looking for fun and easy projects to do with them. This is one of them!