Our favorite time of the year is here! Even if we have to spray fake snow on our windows and crank down the AC so we can turn the fire on, the season of giving is upon us and we love it! What better way to get you in the spirit than to share some fun ideas on how to celebrate with friends and family.
Carving out some time to take in the lights of the season, perhaps with a thermos of hot chocolate on board, is a great way to get in the spirit. We are so lucky to have some amazing light displays nearby and we highly recommend Santa’s Wonderland in College Station. You can also visit The Christmas Ranch in Cleveland as well as some amazing neighborhoods around town that go all out for the holidays! Check out this list of the top 30 neighborhoods in and around Houston that are worth the trip.
One of our favorite traditions is heading out to a Christmas tree farm to pick our tree. Kelumac Christmas Tree Farm and The Red Caboose Christmas Tree Farm are two of several in the area. You can make a day of it and most places have hay rides as well as delicious food and unique gift shops.
Over the years, we have created new traditions for the family. Some are a result of the kids getting older; the last few years we have started going all out for a murder mystery evening. Everyone dresses up and there are so many kid-friendly options out there. It is a great way to spend an evening and one of the few times that the kids forget about their cell phones and participate 100%.
Last year Kate Gould, owner-operator of Mosquito Joe of NW Houston & S Brazos Valley, wrapped all of her gifts with brown paper and string, thinking it would be a more reasonable on the wallet, not to mention prettier under the tree. Who knew that something so simple would be met with such approval. From now on we’re taking her cue and will always wrap our gifts this way. No more rogue bows and torn packages for us!
Christmas is a stressful time, especially for parents. Kate also learned some lessons about simplicity this last Christmas. Having recently moved and realizing a lot of the décor was a little outdated, she made some signs from old wood and incorporated yaupon berries from the yard in her decorating. Keeping it simple was easier on her, and in the end looked more attractive. The kids approved too and were happy to head out and collect berries with Kate giving her some quality time with them, a win-win!
Gift giving can also be stressful. We all have that one family member that is just so tough to buy for. The gift of a mosquito-free yard is a great idea, so email us and we can send you a festive gift certificate in the amount of your choosing. Everyone loves not getting bitten!
Whatever traditions you have, or new ones you make, we hope you all find the joy in simplicity this season and enjoy less stress and more memories as a result! Merry, merry Christmas from Mosquito Joe.