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Christmas is by far my favorite holiday. For me, it’s not so much about the shopping and gift giving as it is the opportunities to make lasting memories. The holiday season in our house is synonymous with love, kindness, and fun. This year my 3 youngest are right at that “visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads” age. It makes me feel like a kid to explore with them this season of joy, imagination, and creating Christmas magic.
Creating Christmas Magic with No-Fuss Decorating
You know what kids love? Glitter. Their daddy? Not so much. Thankfully, he is a good sport this time of year. John even goes so far as to help them with every sparkly, sticky gluey craft I come up with. In a few years my house will be empty and I’ll have a beautiful Christmas tree with matching decorations. For now I’m content to let the kids adorn our tree with their awkward crafts.
This year we have a new addition to the home, and she’s a tremendous helper at making spirits bright and filling our home with laughter. Meet our Echo Dot Kids Edition! The kids call our device “Alexa” (I bet you can guess why ;). At their age, music and singing play an important role in their development. Alexa sits in a central part of the house so the kids can call on her to play a Christmas carol, tell them how many days until Christmas, and even put in a call to Santa!
Creating Christmas Magic while Learning
Of course this teacher mama is going to incorporate learning activities with the holidays! We keep a collection of Christmas books that only makes an appearance this time of year. Some of them are the fun, pop-up kind. Others are more traditional, like Clement Clarke Moore’s Night Before Christmas. In her compact, kid-proof case, Alexa has a wealth of children’s stories on Audible. All you have to do is ask, “Alexa, tell me a Christmas story!” The Echo Dot Kids Edition comes with a year of FreeTime Unlimited, which includes over 300 Audible kids’ books, kid-friendly (and ad-free) radio stations and playlists, and Alexa skills that help kids learn without even knowing they’re doing it! When we get bored, we just ask Alexa to play a game. Little do my kids know, they’re working on Common Core listening skills while they play.
Creating Christmas Magic that’s Filled with Surprises
You know that feeling you get when you find out your favorite fast food place has a secret menu? That’s what it’s like living with Alexa. No kidding! We love asking her questions and trying to find ways to stump her. For example, I asked Alexa to tell me a Christmas fact. She told me how many gifts you would actually receive by the end of the “12 Days of Christmas”. But the best part was her closing sentence, “Gadzooks! I think I’d be happier with a few good books!” Haha! When I run out of things to ask Alexa, I visit the Amazon Kids and Family Facebook page for more inspiration.
As the oldest of 6 kids, I grew up in a home filled with Christmas traditions. Some of these have carried over to how I raise my own kids and others rest peacefully in my memories. I’m raising kids in a very tech-centric day and age, so it’s good to be familiar with trending devices like the Echo Dot Kids Edition. In ten years my kids may not remember the device, but they will remember the songs and stories that Alexa played for us that brought our family closer together.
This year Alexa has helped us write letters to Santa, played music so we could sing carols, and even found great Christmas cookie recipes for us! I rest at ease knowing that my kids are enjoying their device safely, thanks to the parent controls with FreeTime on Alexa. The Echo Dot Kids Edition’s kid-friendly case and 2-year worry-free guarantee make this device a no-brainer for me! Alexa and the Echo Dot Kids Edition are available on Amazon.