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Make it a Joyous June with Family and Summer Celebrations

Make it a Joyous June with Family and Summer Celebrations

June is here. Yay for summertime! Though the official season of summer doesn’t start until the twenty-first of the month, once that calendar flips over to June, it certainly feels like summer has arrived.

Be intentional with family activities this summer to make the most of time outdoors, soaking in as much vitamin D as possible, and spend quality time together enjoying the long days of summer.

Create unique, silly holidays to celebrate on your own and add the wacky (but real) holidays below to the festivities to make it a joyous June with the ones you love.

Pineapple Day – Gather the family in the kitchen and make up a batch of Pretty Pineapple Salad, a scrumptious, chilled salad for some of those especially steamy summer evenings. Pour a twenty-ounce can of crushed pineapple into a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Stir in six ounces of strawberry-flavored Jell-O. Remove from heat and cool completely. Add one sixteen-ounce container of cottage cheese and one eight-ounce container of frozen whipped topping, thawed. Mix well, then chill until ready to serve.

 

Canoe Day – Fashion a canoe from an empty paper towel holder by first pinching together one open, short end and seal it closed with masking tape. Do the same to close the other and of the empty roll and seal with masking tape. Then flatten the roll somewhat, but not completely. Press parallel such that the ends that are taped lie flat.  Draw a semi-circle with a pencil along one long edge of the empty roll, leaving an inch at each end near the tape. Have an adult cut along the pencil lines. This forms the inside of the canoe. Carefully re-shape the tube to resemble a canoe, smoothing out the folded bottom of the canoe so that it will sit flat. Let the kids add toy Lego people or other toys to the canoe to serve as passengers. Read books about canoes to complete the celebration, like, Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe or Franklin’s Canoe Trip.

Great Outdoors Month – Enjoy God’s beautiful creations throughout the month of June with hikes and walks and new adventures. Climb hills, shinny up tree trunks, pick wildflowers, collect rocks, watch sunsets and sunrises, swim in oceans and lakes, make tree rubbings and leaf rubbings, bike a new trail, and take lots and lots of photographs of God’s masterpieces at each outdoor adventure.

Memorize some of these verses while you’re out and about this month. John 1:13 NIV – Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. Job 27:8 NIV – Speak to the earth, and it will teach you. Psalm 96:11-12 NIV – Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Psalm 95:4-5 NIV – In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

Flip Flop Day – Take a family trip to a bargain or department store and purchase a new pair of summer flip flops for everyone in the family. When you get back home, grab the outgrown or worn out pairs for some fun games outside. Try a game that has each player wearing their flip flops on their hands and catching tossed bean bags or large bouncy balls. Or try this one: wear tennis shoes on feet and place flip flops on hands and walk on all fours in the grass in relay-fashion. And this one, too: Use a flip flop like a racquet to push a waffle ball along the driveway. Use a rope for the goal line, and see which player can get the ball across the goal line first.

Best Friend Day – Find something special to do for a special friend to celebrate the day. Write a long letter to a friend who has moved away, sharing memories of time spent together. Bake and take cookies to a family friend. Invite a best friend to the movies and pay for that friend’s ticket. Make a new best-friend-you’ve-never-met by paying for the person’s meal in the car behind you at a drive-through restaurant. Celebrate Best Friend Day with random acts of kindness for treasured friends.

Summer days allow extra daylight hours for fun-filled family activities. Take advantage of every minute to make memories that you’ll treasure long after summer comes to a close. Run through sprinklers, have picnics in the grass, read chapter books together on the porch, chase fireflies in the early evening, and, most importantly, thank God for the many blessings He gives each and every day.

By: Julie Lavender

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