Christmas is a fun time to spend time with the kids and and partake in fun festive activities.
Having said this, Christmas can feel overwhelming. There's so much to do and lots going on. Therefore I try not to overdo it and I pick just a few festive activities to do with my boys. Most of festive activities I choose are easy. It's quick to read a Christmas themed book, relaxing to watch a movie and fun to drink hot chocolate after a winter walk.
Have a quick read of my list for inspiration of Christmas activities to do with your children.
1.) Make paper snowflakes. These are great for older kids (from around aged 7, although competent younger children can also have a go.) Check out this video on YouTube - how to make a paper snowflake.
2.) Make Christmas decorations. These could be as easy as making paper chains or what about salt dough decorations?
3.) Make reindeer food. It's easy to make your own reindeer food. Use things like oats, pumpkin seeds, bird seed and dried cranberries. It's important not to put glitter in your reindeer food as this can be damaging to any wildlife who might eat it.
4.) Visit Christmas lights. Either have a walk around your neighbourhood and see the Christmas lights your neighbours have put up or drive to the best Christmas lights near you.
5.) Make a Christmas card. Once completed give it to a family member or friend.
6.) Watch a Christmas movie.
7.) Write a letter to Santa. Tell Santa one thing you'd really like to open on Christmas morning.
8.) Christmas coloring. You can print out Christmas coloring sheets online or buy a Christmas coloring book.
9.) Dance to Christmas songs
10.) Drink hot chocolate. It's fun to warm up with hot chocolate after a festive walk.
11.) Bake Christmas cookies. If you don't like baking, why not buy some cookies and then decorate them instead.
12.) Sing Christmas songs or carols.
13.) Go ice skating.
14.) Try a mince pie. One of my sons loves mince pies. The other son hates them but you don't know unless you try one!
15.) Decorate your home.
16.) Make a Gingerbread house.
17.) Do a Christmas jigsaw. I love having a jigsaw with lots of pieces laid out on the table and family members can do parts of the jigsaw whenever they're free. It's a good way to get older kids off their screens.
18.) Read a Christmas book. There's lots of great Christmas books geared at younger children which make great bedtime stories.
19.) Read the nativity story.
20.) Have a festive family game night. You can play festive versions of games such as Christmas charades!
21.) Christmas quiz. It's fun to have a Christmas quiz with the rest of the family. Find some fun Christmas quizzes online.
22.) Hang mistletoe
23.) Visit Santa
24.) Donate Food. Many community groups collect food to give out to people who need it during the festive period. Find out what's happening in your community and donate.
25.) Track Santa on Christmas Eve. There are some great apps which track Santa's journey on Christmas Eve. Find out when he'll be coming to you.
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