12 Christmas Activities to Enjoy this Year
Christmas is right around the corner, and soon your kids will be out of school for winter break. While some of your holiday traditions may be disrupted because of the coronavirus, it is never too late to try new ones! We came up with a few suggestions to keep your kids busy and your family having fun this holiday season!
1. Decorate gingerbread houses
You can make the gingerbread slabs ahead of time, buy a kit with pre-made gingerbread, or use graham crackers! Once the houses are put together (if you are not planning on eating the house once it's done, consider hot gluing the four sides and roof together--this will prevent unfortunate house collapses), lay out an assortment of candies and snack items for decorating. Some fun items to look for are mini candy canes, peppermints, pretzels, gum drops, graham crackers, licorice, Skittles, and shredded wheat. But regardless of what you find at home or choose to buy, your kids will have a blast!
2. Make ornaments
The options are endless for your kids' creativity. Search the Internet for inspiration-- whether you choose to use items around the house, like construction paper, markers and string-- or decide to buy some plain, plastic balls to decorate with glitter or tissue paper, you will be able to find something that gets everyone excited to make.
3. Take a drive to look at Christmas lights
A safe way to get out of the house this year, driving around with your kids to admire the light displays is sure to be a fun time. Play some Christmas music and discuss which houses are each family member likes best. Check out this list for all the great light displays!
4. Have a hot chocolate bar
Make a batch of hot chocolate -- whether you go for the reliable hot cocoa powder mix or you are feeling more adventurous and choose to go homemade. Set up a toppings station with whipped cream, marshmallows, sprinkles, and chocolate sauce and let your kids add to their mug as they wish.
5. Bake and decorate cookies
Baking cookies is an all-time Christmas classic, and for good reason! Let your kids help you mix the ingredients, and once the cookies are out of the oven, set up a decorating table with frosting, sprinkles and sugar. And of course, when the decorating is finished, enjoy the fruits of everyone’s efforts. Want to simplify this activity and just focus on decorating? Purchase some pre-made sugar cookies from the grocery store!
6. Have a spa day
Set up your girls (and boys too if they want!) with an at home spa day! Fill a large bowl or Tupperware with warm water to let their feet soak before having them (or you) paint their toenails. Paint their fingernails, too for a manicure. Spoil them with some lotion for their legs, and maybe even give them a face mask.
7. Write thank you notes for mail/delivery persons
This year, the delivery and postal services have been abnormally busy because of Covid-19. Show appreciation for their hard work by having your kids write thank you notes and leave them taped to your mailbox or front door. You could also make small goodie bags with some fun-sized candy, hand-sanitizer, and bottled water to show your thanks.
8. Cut out paper snowflakes
One of the simplest crafts out there requires only a piece of paper and scissors. Have your kids fold the paper and then cut out designs-- when they unfold the paper, they should be left with a unique paper snowflake! You can even use a string to hang them up around the house as decorations.
9. Have a Christmas song sing-a-long
Make a playlist of all your favorite Christmas songs and get the family together to sing along! You could even take it a step further and turn it into a dance party, letting everyone show off their best moves.
10. Watch Christmas movies
Grab some blankets and cozy up on the couch to watch your favorite Christmas movies. Of course, there are so many classics this could be more than a single night occurrence-- let each family member choose a movie that everyone will watch together.
11. Have a Christmas photoshoot
Suit up your kids with Christmas outfits and have a photoshoot. You could pose in front of the Christmas tree or mantel, or even go outside in the snow. Picking a day besides Christmas Day will allow you to get the cute pictures that you’ll cherish forever, but also alleviate some of the worry about pictures on Christmas Day and let you stay present and in the moment.
12. Make Christmas-themed crafts
With a simple search on the Internet, you can find an infinite variety of crafts for your kids to make at home. Here’s one of our favorite kids craft websites. From cutting out your child’s handprints from construction paper to make a reindeer, or using a mason jar to make a snow globe, to printing out coloring sheets for your child to color, the options are endless.
This holiday season, we may not be able to participate in all of our “normal” family traditions, but that doesn’t mean we can’t create new traditions and lasting memories this Christmas!