Are You Ready for Magical Christmas Moments? Mom Must-Have Essentials!

Written by Tiffany Hill

November 1, 2023

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Moms – ’tis the season for creating merry memories! As the countdown to Christmas begins, you can get a jump start on the festivities by stocking up on your must-haves for making the holiday special.

Amidst the hustle and bustle, one group of individuals play a crucial role in making this time of year extraordinary – moms. Moms are the masterminds behind the scenes, ensuring that every detail is just right.

So, get ready to embark on an enchanting journey as we share insider tips and tricks that every mom needs to create magical moments and unforgettable memories during the Christmas season. From heartwarming traditions that bring loved ones closer to books, movies, and mouth-watering treats that will delight the entire family, we’ll explore the essentials for making a wonderful holiday season happen.

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Magical Christmas Books

Christmas is my favorite holiday season, and I’m not alone – Easter comes in at a close second! But the best part of this season for me is creating lasting family memories with my children and finding the perfect gift for everyone. Our kids’ faces light up with delight, and we can make it even brighter this year with the perfect gifts to make a magical Christmas.

And let’s not forget the magic of storytelling. Gathering around the fireplace or snuggling up in a cozy blanket, sharing stories of Christmases past, and creating new ones is a tradition that brings joy and laughter to all. From recounting childhood memories to inventing fantastical tales, the power of storytelling creates a warm and inviting atmosphere that is truly irreplaceable.

My children are 7 and 3 so I love giving them books to read.   Plus it is a gift to my husband and me as well we get something new to read them each night.

Let’s dive in and discover how you can create unforgettable memories and make this holiday season one for the books!

For all the moms out there who love a good laugh, “Unicorns are the Worst” by Alex Willan is the perfect read! My daughter and I love this book.

From its fun and adorable illustrations to its witty dialogue, this hilarious book will have your little ones rolling on the floor with laughter.

But don’t let its cute, pink-glittery facade fool you – it’s also great for boys, as it features a practical and hardworking goblin to contrast the mischievous unicorns.

This delightful story is a must-read for your family!  

“It’s an undeniable fact that unicorns are the worst! Magic is serious business, but all unicorns do is frolic around, have tea parties, and leave glitter all over the place! They’re nothing like goblins—practical and hard-working, who can put magic to good use! Unicorns aren’t helpful at all.” 

Unicorn’s are the Worst, Alex Willan

Curl up with your little ones and embark on a literary adventure with ‘Baking Day at Grandma’s’, by Anika Denise. Join three siblings as they take a wintery walk to Grandma’s house for a cozy day of baking and having fun.

To top it off, the book includes Grandma Rosie’s Chocolate Cake recipe so you can recreate the fun at home and make memories with your family!

So grab your aprons and a warm cup of cocoa, and get ready for a sweet journey filled with laughter and love.

Say goodbye to the Elf on the Shelf and say hello to our family’s magical gift-bearing Elf! He travels near and far, bringing joy to our children throughout the year to remind them of the love that Santa and Jesus have for them.

That’s why our Elf brought us the delightful book “How to Catch an Elf” by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton. With this hilarious holiday read, kids will find out what makes our special Elf different from the Elf on the Shelf, and giggle as he evades capture from the kids’ clever traps!

Moms, are you looking for a creative way to encourage your kids to be avid readers? Then look no further than Tom Fletcher’s ‘There’s an Elf in Your Box’ – a book that combines fun, surprise, and reading in one package.

Follow along as your children discover the exciting adventures of an elf on his mission to spread the Christmas spirit throughout the world. With this hilarious and enchanting tale, your kids will be captivated and motivated to read more!

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Stocking Stuffers

Another tradition that holds a special place in our hearts is stuffing stockings. It’s not about the price tag or the extravagance; it’s about the thought and effort in selecting a gift that truly speaks to the recipient’s passions and desires. 

Plus, stuffing the stocking can be so much fun! Here are my go-to gifts when I’m helping St. Nick create Christmas magic. 

Bath & Body Works Wallflower

Why not spruce up your home with Bath and Body Works Wallflower fragrances this season? Featuring gorgeous styles and signature seasonal scents, these wallflowers are sure to make every mom’s abode feel festive and inviting. Plus, the refills look just like Christmas Tree light bulbs – what a fun way to bring the holiday spirit into your home!

Bath Bombs & Shower Bombs

Moms, do you need a little pick-me-up? If so, you must check out the bath bombs from Salus – a Colorado-based company with a store located in Fort Collins. With a variety of captivating fragrances, one whiff in-store and you’ll be hooked! Stop in and see for yourself – you won’t regret it.

Advent Christmas tree calendar

Moms, get your kids in the holiday spirit with an Advent Christmas Tree Calendar from Melissa and Doug! Counting down to the big day has never been easier or more fun for little ones. If you’re looking for even more Advent calendar options, check out 15 Advent Calendars for Counting Down to Christmas for an array of styles to fit your family’s needs. Let the countdown to Christmas begin!

The Ultimate Snuggle Blanket

As winter’s chill sets in, our family loves nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with our fleece blanket, a gift from Santa last year. It comes in an array of colors and sizes, making it the perfect accompaniment for cozy movie nights – our favorite way to celebrate the holiday season. Moms, don’t miss out on the comfort of a cozy blanket this winter: your family will thank you!

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Favorite Family Holiday Movies

As a mom, nothing is more delightful than snuggling up with your family and watching holiday movies. From the Grinch to the Peanuts gang, here are my top favorites:

Klaus

First up is one of 2019’s most beloved holiday movies, ‘Klaus.’ Stream it on Netflix for a heartwarming and memorable viewing experience. Your family will love it!

The Grinch

 I grew up with the classic version of the Grinch, but there’s something about the 2019 remake that strikes a special chord.

The Santa Clause 3-Movie Collection

Nothing beats the classic Tim Allen movies! Now, you can watch the series on Disney Plus with your family.

The Christmas Chronicles Collection

Kurt Russell stars in this Netflix original – you won’t want to miss it!

Charlie Brown Christmas

Everybody loves the Peanuts gang, especially Snoopy and Woodstock. Be sure to add this classic to your family’s festive movie line-up!

Christmas Classics Collection

Here’s a one-stop shop for a marathon of beloved Christmas classics like White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street.

If you’re looking to get in some festive cheer, these holiday films are sure to do the trick!

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Favorite Holiday Treats

As moms, we understand the importance of serving up culinary delights that not only satisfy the taste buds but also leave a lasting impression on our loved ones. From the mouth-watering aroma that fills the air to the satisfying taste that lingers on our tongues, food has a way of bringing people together and creating lasting memories.

Terry’s Milk Chocolate Oranges 

Moms, Orange you glad you know about Terry’s Chocolate Oranges? With dark, milk, and white chocolate varieties, there’s a flavor for every preference. And while you can get Terry’s anytime online, you can only find them in your local store around the holidays. Our favorite is their Original Milk Chocolate, but we bet you’ll find something you love too!

Fruit Cakes

Something that has been joked about in every Christmas movie is the dreaded Fruit cake.  These fruit cakes from Collins Street Bakery in Texas are amazing. I’ve never personally tried one myself but watching how dreadful they are in books and television I reluctantly sampled one a few Christmases ago and was shocked at how yummy it actually was. 

I purchased one for Christmas dinner two Christmases ago and it was reluctantly sampled by family members who were also surprised by how tasty it was and ended up being a favorite last year. 

Plan on getting one or two this year as well!  Don’t worry if you aren’t based or visiting Texas You can find them online

DIY Edible Penguins

For those looking to add a special touch to their holiday festivities, I have the perfect solution! I turn to Pinterest for some fun and festive recipes that my children will love.

You will need:

  • Black olives
  • Carrots
  • Cream cheese
  • Toothpicks

Slice the carrots into circles and cut a small “V” in each circle slice to make feet and a beak for your penguin. I tried to substitute fresh Mozzarella pearls instead of cream cheese because my family uses many cream cheese-based sides at holidays, but the olives and carrots wouldn’t stick to the pearls — so cream cheese it was for the penguin bellies. Then slice olives in half for wings and a whole olive for the head. Lastly, stick a toothpick through your penguin and place the carrot beak in the opening of the olive, and wallah you have a penguin!

So if you’re a mom looking for something special to whip up this holiday season, give these penguins a try!

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Heartwarming Traditions: Creating Meaningful Christmas Memories

This holiday season, create lasting memories with your family that will be cherished for years to come. From grand gestures to the smallest details, make every moment special and infuse your celebrations with love, creativity and thoughtfulness.

With these tips, you have everything you need to make this Christmas truly magical – so seize the opportunity!

Remember, it’s not about big things – but the small, meaningful moments that make the biggest impact.

As Maya Angelou said, 

So, moms, make this Christmas something your loved ones will never forget. Let the enchantment unfold and have a very Merry (and magical) Christmas!

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  • Tiffany Hill

    Hi, I'm Tiffany. I'm a married Midwestern mom of two who loves to travel with her husband and friends, bake, read, and I'm also a lover of all things creative. I enjoy the outdoors but also love the indoors - especially cozy blankets and coffee shops. I'm always looking for ways to "find joy" in the ordinary moments of life. I'm a lover of all things creative and have been writing for years. My passion is in helping others find joy in the ordinary moments of life by being present to each moment that comes their way.

    tlreckard@gmail.com hill tiffany

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