Crafts and Activities: masjid coloring pages, crescent/star hanging ornaments, make your own tasbeeh (prayer beads), sheep cupcake decorating party
For Others: collecting toys for new refugee children in the community, writing Eid cards to our cousins far away and baking cookies to give on Eid namaaz to our friends nearby. My kids are still very young (5, 2 and under 1), but as they grow older I do hope to continue with more altruistic activities.
Family Traditions: Praying maghrib namaaz as a family and reading our favorite Islamic books before bed. Listening to nasheeds on Spotify by Dawud Wharnsby and Yusuf Islam during car rides to school. Watching Baba Ali and Zaki videos on youtube to learn manners and stories from the Quran.
Making holidays fun for the kids really doesn't have to be expensive or a lot of hard work. I found some affordable vendors who I purchased adorable decorations from, but I also made a few trips to Michaels/dollar stores to make our own as well. I probably spent the most amount on Islamic books, but to me that was worth the cost. A great way to save on that is to do a book exchange with friends every Friday. This way your children can get exposure to new reading material without having to spend a lot.
I hope you enjoy a glimpse below into our holiday traditions. I will do a new post soon to tell you our reviews of the reading material!
|Our Ramadan Advent Calendar Goodie Bags. Kids can open one bag each evening counting down to Eid, filled with treats inside.|
|Our nightly reading selection in honor of Ramadan/Eid.|
|using the Snapchat Filter to wish all her friends!|
|Keeping busy during the day doing activities per our Rafiq and Friends guide. Rafiq was our version of Elf on a Shelf this year. Loved the book and activity cards he came with. Super cute illustrations and engaging stories.|
|Kept the Pom Poms, swapped out the banner. Using Sweet fajr lantern template and Imaginaryart Masjid Template|
|Onesie by JasmineandMarigold Skirt from Amazon|
|coloring Eid Cards to mail to our friends. Cards from GupshupGreetings|
|gifts wrapped and ready to be opened after Eid prayer|
|Eid favors for our friends, labels courtesy of my good friend over at Gupshup Greetings|
|Sheep shaped cookie cutter purchased via Etsy to bring these adorable Eid ul Adha cookies to life!|
|Eid Trifle for our Chand Raat party, yes I know the D is off centered. Its bothering me too!|
|We attended a Make your Own Sheep cupcake party!|
|Masjid Ramadan coloring page via Imaginairyart|