Holiday of the Month Club

Holiday of the Month Club

Want to give a special child a gift that says, “You’re special and I want you to celebrate life!” all throughout the year? Give him a “Holiday of the Month” gift box.

Using Silvana Clark’s great resource, Every Day a Holiday, as the basis, select a holiday (or two or three…) from each month and make a little gift bag for that month (see photos).
Holiday of the Month Club -- Everyday Homemaking
Since my grandchildren were not nearby, I wanted them to know that I was thinking of them all year long. I could have selected many holidays each month, but I had to pay to ship the box! So I narrowed the list down to about two per month and gave them one or two items to get their celebration started. The year-long packages cost me about $40-45 per family; cost will vary according to which holidays/items you choose to include.
Another fun option would be to send the packages at the beginning of each month, like a true “Holiday of the Month” club might. This works well if (a) you live nearby and can hand deliver or (b) have unlimited funds for shipping.

These are the holidays we included in our package this year. For more information on dates or activities to celebrate the holidays, see Every Day a Holiday.

January
  • National Thank You Day – thank you notes
  • National Popcorn Day – popcorn
February
  • Pancake Day – pancake mix
  • Tootsie Roll Anniversary – tootsie rolls
March
  • American Chocolate Week – M&M’s
  • Big Bird’s Birthday – Big Bird pencils, stickers, and notepads
April
  • International Moment of Laughter Day – book of clean jokes for kids
  • Jellybean Day – flavored jelly beans (gourmet type, for taste testing!)
  • International Children’s Book Day – small paperback children’s classic
May
  • Physical Fitness Month – stopwatch
  • Adhesive Tape Patent Anniversary – roll of adhesive tape
June
  • Gingerbread Day – gingerbread mix (or for my health-conscious ones, a recipe and the spices pre-mixed in a baggie/envelope)
  • “Happy Birthday” was written – funny candles, sprinkles, and decorator icing in tubes
July
  • Cheer Up the Lonely Day – cheerful notecards and stamps
  • Amelia Bedelia Celebration (author Peggy Parrish’s birthday) – Amelia Bedelia book
August
  • Weird Contest Week – award ribbons from the dollar store
  • National Toasted Marshmallow Day – bag of marshmallows
September
  • National Play-Doh Day – Small variety pack of Play-Doh
  • Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday – containers of applesauce
October
  • National Pasta Month – spaghetti noodles and marbles (for an activity in the book)
  • Dictionary Day – book of word games, alphabet pasta
  • Silly Day – Silly Putty
November
  • Good Nutrition Month – calorie counter book
  • National Bible Week – Bible study book for kids, Bible trivia booklet
December 
  • Hanukkah – chocolate “gelt,” menorah candles
  • Christmas – gingerbread boy/girl cookie cutters & sugar cookie recipe
Other ideas:
  • Eric Carle’s Birthday – Colored tissue paper variety pack and hole puncher
  • Eat Cereal Day – individual serving boxes of cereal, oatmeal toppings
  • Homemade Bread Day – yeast packet and Vicki’s Bread Recipe
  • Dr. Seuss’s Birthday – Green Eggs and Ham or Fox in Socks (On this day,
         we all took turns reading pages from the book as fast as we possibly could – they can be real tongue twisters!)
I included a copy of Every Day a Holiday so they could look up the activity to go with the bag’s contents, and could come up with additional activities (this particular assortment would have included 26 white lunch bags). Each bag was labeled with the month and the date to celebrate (the children would not know the holidays being celebrated). Mom would open the bag a day or two before the appropriate date so she could be prepared. Note for next time: It would help to include a calendar with the holiday dates “starred,” to save mom from weeks of “Is it a holiday yet?” inquiries!
Additional resources: 
Let’s Make a Memory by Shirley Dobson and Gloria Gaither
Homespun Memories for the Heart by Ehman, Hovermale, Smith

For more ideas, see my article in HSLDA’s Court Report magazine:  http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hslda/2014q1/#/34

Holiday of the Month Club -- Everyday Homemaking

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