What Matters Most for the Holidays


I have received information and materials from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.


My Mom loves Christmas. It has always been one of her favorite times of the year. When I was a kid she went all out, decorating the house, putting up lights, and of course there was the tree. She would put it up as soon as she could get my Dad to move the needed furniture. I remember, for a few years she even put up two trees. Our traditional tree, and a second in the basement.  Unfortunately, that second tree is no-more because “someone” may have knocked down while he was playing. This culprit has never been caught.

To me, holiday traditions aren’t baking 6 dozen different cookies or having 2,000 lights on your house. Instead it is about spending time with family. As a parent who has with two young girls of my own, I want to make Christmas special. The way we do this, is by visiting the relatives. It’s the time we can spend with all of our extended family that is special.

My wife’s family lives a few hours from us so we don’t get to see them nearly as much as the kids want to. That is why every year around Christmas we make sure to get over there for a few days. I love to watch my girls and their cousins running around having fun. For the adults, it is a time to share a meal and catch up with family members we may not have seen since last Christmas. It is pure craziness with lots of people, crammed in a living room with plenty of food and wrapping paper flying everywhere.



On Christmas Eve, we leave and head home. We put the kids to bed and scurry to get the house ready for Santa to make his appearance. The next morning is when the magic happens. It is the best gift a parent can receive to see their children’s faces light up when they head down those stairs Christmas morning and see that Santa had stopped by.



After the girls get a bit of time to enjoy their toys, we head to my parents’ house, a whole TWO blocks away (rough car ride). This way the girls get to spend time with both sides of the family. My family is smaller, so it is a little bit easier to eat at one table and see each other open gifts.  After we eat it is movie time. I would love to say that we have some traditional holiday movie we watch but it is really something we just received, or something the kids love.  Maybe this year we will watch Frozen, because we haven’t seen that in the last 24 hours.

My family has never looked like the pictures below. But it doesn’t take decorations, big fancy dinners, or presents to make a holiday special, all it takes is family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

For 60 years, the makers of TYLENOL® have helped to care for families. To celebrate the holidays this year, the makers of TYLENOL® decided to put a modern spin on Norman Rockwell’s classic holiday painting Freedom From Want, to help illustrate how modern families come together to celebrate what matters most during the holidays.

Visit TYLENOL® For What Matters Most™  to learn more about other families’ traditions, like those of the Yee Hosida Family in the picture below.

They use the holidays to remember both where they come from as well as who they are now. Feel free to Pin this post, I am sure are they would love as many people as possible to see their picture.



Bryan Alkire

Bryan is a Stay at Home Dad from Kalamazoo MI. Every day he is lucky enough to experience the joys and struggles of raising his two young girls. His older daughter, a brain tumor survivor, has just started school. His younger daughter is a ball of energy that always keeps him on his toes. He chronicles his adventures with his girls and beautiful wife on his blog www.kzoodad.com. When not watching the girls he plays golf (badly), enjoys craft beer, and working on that book he keeps promising to get done.

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