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Not sure about your family, but around here we are big music people. We are big holiday people. Jon and I bring our own traditions into the mix for Aubrey and Luke (and now Ryan too!) but everything always centers around music. Jon grew up playing instruments so family gatherings can have a spontaneous jam session and the little ones join in on the piano. With my family, music is always playing for gatherings whether it’s a holiday mix during Christmas or classic rock in the summer. With the hustle and bustle of running errands and visiting all the different family gatherings, car rides are more pleasant when streaming music. Downside is the hit against your data usage but I have a solution for that.
Another tradition we have is checking out Christmas lights. When we moved into our home last year, we were so happy to see so many of our neighbors get into the holiday spirit with lights & decorations to brighten our streets. After I pick up Aubrey from preschool, she asks me to take the other way home so we drive through our neighborhood to see lights. I wanted to give Luke and Aubrey the chance to see some of the decorations up close so I figured a stroll in our wagon would be a good opportunity.
And since I can’t just do a simple walk around the neighborhood, I figured I’d get us in the spirit with light up necklaces and jingle bells for them to ring while we walked. My mom’s been working with Luke to teach him Jingle Bells and what kid doesn’t enjoy making lots of noise and ringing bells?
I grabbed green grosgrain ribbon and cut it about 12-14 inches for the kids. After threading on 3 bells and tying a knot to keep in place, I did another quick knot to make a loop for their fingers, and done! I showed Aubrey and she said Oh so people know we’re coming! Yup, they’ll hear you a mile away. I made 2 for each of them. And then in true Melissa fashion – I left them at home. I know what you’re thinking – I should have just gone back for them while we walked. That would have been awesome except I didn’t realize I forgot them until I was in bed that night. Whoops. (I’ll blame it on the periodic exhaustion from life with a newborn).
It was freezing when we went. Go figure – SoCal has 80 degree winters and the night I choose to go it was in the 40s. We could have gone another night but the forecast had a few days of rain scheduled and that did not seem like fun. I told the kids I had music for them and I thought Aubrey would be super excited to hold the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime but nope. She said it was too cold and kept her hands in her jacket. So Luke was more than excited to get the chance to hold it.
Spotify has a good mix of Holiday playlists and Dominick The Donkey is a funny one to listen to with the kids. With T-Mobile’s Simple Choice™ prepaid plan, streaming music is unlimited with no extra charge and no limits. So if they accidentally keep it streaming somewhere you won’t have to worry about extra fees getting piled on.
We walked to a few houses before I was ready to call it quits. Pulling 2 kids is a workout! So where can you say Yes to Music Freedom with Unlimited Streaming? Walmart has you covered!
The Simple Choice™ plan with unlimited streaming is $50 a month with the prepaid phones by T-Mobile.
So which house was their favorite? Probably ours. Because – Inflatables.
Share with me your favorite way to Rock The Holidays with unlimited streaming with T-Mobile!