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Making The Holiday Season Easier

Does Amazon make your life simpler?  I remember several years ago, my husband was checking out on Amazon, and he signed up for an Amazon Prime trial.  At that time I was using Amazon to order and send an occasional gift to my brother who lived out of state, but I hadn’t yet grasped the full motherhood sanity saver that is Amazon.  We thought, ok we have it, we’ll enjoy it for the year and then whatever.

Well! That “whatever” turned into over 5 years, and now I can’t imagine living without it!  No dramatization, in the last week alone I sent my Godchildren up in Massachusetts holiday surprises, did 75% of my holiday shopping and my kids have watched countless shows. And, when my son came out this morning to say we were completely out of dog food, I ordered some with Prime same-day shipping, so the pup is happy and I didn’t have to leave my desk or get out of my yoga pants. Mom win!

While shopping on Amazon is part of my normal routine, during this time of year, Amazon helps me save time, stay stress-free, and enjoy the holiday season!

5 of My Family’s Favorite Things To Do During the Holidays

Decorate for the Holidays

As soon as the turkey is done on Thanksgiving, my kids are asking to decorate for Christmas.  Our favorite part is decorating outside. My neighborhood is packed with over the top decorated houses, so if the kids see our neighbor on the roof before us they think we are super late.

This is only our second Christmas in our new home so decorations this year were on the top of my shopping list, and this adorable pre lit Bumble stole my heart and the kids think he’s hilarious.

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Head outside for All the Holiday Activities

Our local zoo puts on an amazing Christmas event, there is a festival with sledding at our local park, and living in Florida means lots of theme park events to visit.

Amazon Prime Fleece Sweatshirt

We may live in Florida but the weather is still unpredictable in December.  It was 80 degrees over the weekend and today it is in the ’50s, so a heavy sweatshirt is a must for all the outdoor activities.  I had been eyeing the oversized soft fleece pullovers at the mall for weeks, but when the temperatures finally dipped and I could justify buying one they were sold out.  Luckily, Amazon had me covered and this comfy fleece pullover was at my doorstep in time for the weekend fun.

Bake all the Sweets

Nothing says Christmas to us like curling up on the couch with the tree lit, a holiday movie on, and some warm treats.  One of our go-to easy snacks is cinnamon rolls. With our AmazonBasics cast iron skillet and dutch oven creating fun holiday sweets or quick delicious meals on busy nights is a piece of cake, with very little cleanup!

Spending Time Playing and Unwinding as a Family

I love the holiday season, but sometimes we just need to take a break from the hot chocolate, lights, and gift wrapping to get outside and play.  My family loves heading out back and playing a great game of Ladder Toss while my husband barbecues dinner. This is such a fun game that everyone can play and the AmazonBasics Ladder Toss set is a perfect gift idea!

Amazon Basics Outdoor Toys

Shopping for the Perfect Gifts for Everyone We Love

We love buying, wrapping, and giving gifts to everyone special in our lives, however venturing out into stores to find the perfect gift can be stressful and extremely time-consuming.  So, Amazon is my go-to shopping spot for all my holiday gifts. With low prices and a huge selection, I can always find the perfect gift that will deliver a smile to the ones I love.

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Plus, everyone in the U.S. gets free shipping through December 18 for orders that arrive in time for Christmas – shop hundreds of millions of items with no minimum purchase amount!  That’s the largest free shipping selection in the country. Also, Amazon Prime members can get free same-day delivery or one-day shipping in 10,000 cities and towns on three million items this holiday season.

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for someone on your list?  Visit amazon.com/gifts and make your holiday shopping easy this year.

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What are some of your favorite things to do during the holiday season?

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22 Comments on My family’s Favorite Things To Do During The Holidays and How I Make The Holidays Easier

  1. Candy
    December 19, 2018 at 3:15 pm (4 weeks ago)

    For us it is just being somewhat lazy. Living on a farm there is always chores everyday and wood to bring in. Board games. Sleeping in is big ones

  2. Tasheena
    December 19, 2018 at 5:03 pm (4 weeks ago)

    These are wonderful tips. Amazon is one of my favorite sites to shop for the holidays. They always have so many amazing products.

  3. Amber Myers
    December 19, 2018 at 6:12 pm (4 weeks ago)

    These sound like some fun traditions. I hate to bake, but I will make some things during the holidays. I think I’m finally done holiday shopping!

  4. Alli Smith
    December 19, 2018 at 6:41 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I don’t know what I would do without my Amazon prime. I do just about all my shopping on Amazon, especially during the Christmas season.

  5. robin rue
    December 19, 2018 at 7:14 pm (4 weeks ago)

    We love to decorate for Christmas and by we, I mean me. I go ALL out and everyone seems to love them.

  6. Ashley
    December 19, 2018 at 9:28 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I love that mug! I need an abominable snow monster decoration like that.

  7. Lori Vachon
    December 19, 2018 at 11:09 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Some of my favorite things are just spending time with my kids and husband. My daughter comes home from college tomorrow, she is 10 hours away so our time together is a gift. Happy Holidays!

  8. Shelley
    December 19, 2018 at 11:47 pm (4 weeks ago)

    We play ton of games during the holidays and we bake a lot. Those are the family together activities we love and look forward to.

  9. Pam
    December 20, 2018 at 1:01 am (4 weeks ago)

    We love baking lots of sweets for the holidays. It’s so much fun and we love eating them too.

  10. Lisa Martin
    December 20, 2018 at 3:48 am (4 weeks ago)

    We have been baking since Thanksgiving! I love baking Christmas treats for the family. And going to our local zoo to see all the lights is one of our favorite traditions.

  11. Jeanine
    December 20, 2018 at 4:21 am (4 weeks ago)

    We love decorating and baking! It’s how we get through all the days in between the big show! So fun!

  12. Alyssa H
    December 20, 2018 at 10:24 am (4 weeks ago)

    Oh I’m with you on all of these—especially Amazon. I bought 99% of my gifts there this year!! It’s the best!

  13. Kimberly Storms
    December 21, 2018 at 2:09 am (4 weeks ago)

    You all getting decorations up right away made me giggle as we were a few days late this year and it bugged the kids! Not only that but we kept having decoration issues. Some of our inflatables needed new bulbs, others kept falling over drunk, and yet olders had dim LED strips inside that we can’t replace…. sorry Yoda! I need to buy new things for the yard next year for sure! Glad yours went better than ours did!

  14. Ricci
    December 21, 2018 at 5:44 am (4 weeks ago)

    Sounds like you have some great traditions going on! I think my favorite tradition with my parents is always Cinnamon Rolls on Christmas morning!

  15. Nancy at Whispered Inspirations
    December 21, 2018 at 6:19 am (4 weeks ago)

    These are such fun ideas and traditions to have. We bake all the things too, and just relax. That’s always the best!

  16. Swathi
    December 21, 2018 at 5:37 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Yes our family tradition to decorate, baking and shopping gifts for friends and family.

  17. Bethel C Esmillarin
    December 22, 2018 at 5:25 am (3 weeks ago)

    My favorite is baking all the sweets! I really love desserts and would want to make lots for my family this coming holidays.

  18. Michelle
    December 22, 2018 at 11:33 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I need to get Catchphrase. We don’t have enough family fun game nights. My kids are finally at the age where we could do these.

  19. Tabitha Blue
    December 27, 2018 at 5:29 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Oh I just love using Amazon for everything! That in itself makes the holiday easier!

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