How To Make Christmas Fun For The Whole Family
Christmas is around the corner, and with most children finished for the Christmas holidays, it’s time to start building up the festive excitement.
If you haven’t already, check out our thoughts on new Christmas Traditions for all the family! In addition to these, here are some more fun activities for the whole family:
Make Gingerbread Houses
Making houses out of gingerbread seems to have stemmed from Hansel and Gretel, the German fairy-tale published in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm. So crafting gingerbread houses is one old-fashioned activity to try with your family, and the possibilities are endless. You can buy readymade houses that need decorating, or try your hand at baking the entire house from scratch! If all else fails, baking some simple gingerbread men to decorate with the kids is just as fun!
Make Wreaths (Real or Paper Ones)
Everybody loves a festive wreath! Take the kids outside for a quick winter walk to gather evergreen branches and pinecones, trim some from the bottom of your Christmas tree, or just buy some at the store. Attach your greens to a foam or wire ring (a bent metal coat hanger works well) and allow the kids to decorate it with ornaments and bows.
Have a Christmas Movie Night
For kids old enough for some extended screen-time, spending an afternoon or evening watching Christmas movies is a must! (You could also spread out your movie marathon over the course of a week.) Let each family member choose their favourite holiday flick to watch with the family to get in the festive spirit!
Make Popcorn and Cranberry Garlands
Have some leftover popcorn from your movie night? Upcycle it! Make some homemade garlands for your family’s Christmas tree, doorways or mantle. All you need is a needle and some thread or fishing line. Try using fresh cranberries, too. Younger kids can count out the berries or popcorn to make a cool alternating pattern, and parents or older kids can do the threading.
Craft Homemade Christmas Ornaments
Decorating a Christmas tree is a probably already on your to-do list. Make this holiday tradition even more special by adding a new kid-made Christmas ornament each year. Mark the year on your ornaments so that you can keep track of when each was created!
Donate Toys to Charity with the Kids’ Help
Finally, show your family’s giving spirit this Christmas by shopping for a toy or two to give to children’s’ charities. Since your kids are the toy experts, let them do the picking (within your budget). It will brighten your Christmas and someone else’s.
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