Christmas is a time of peace and joy, and lots of wonderful traditions. This time of the year, families are making plans to spend more time together, and doing fun things that they can enjoy, while making new memories. There are so many activities, new and old, that families can enjoy together during the holiday season. We have some great ideas for your family to make a holiday bucket list with. Choose a bunch or just a few activities to enjoy as a family this season, and really get into the Christmas spirit!
#1- Make a Gingerbread House.
Making a gingerbread house can be great fun! You can find a recipe online to make gingerbread from scratch, and enjoy baking it with the family. If you’d rather not go to the trouble of baking the gingerbread, you can buy pre-baked gingerbread house kits, which come with the gingerbread house pieces, and everything else you might need to decorate the house with. Use icing and candies to embellish the house and make it come to life. Don’t forget to make some little gingerbread people to live in the house. You can find gingerbread house kits at Michael’s, and can save 50% off of any one regularly priced item.
#2- Write Letters to Santa.
You’re never too old or too young to write a letter to Santa. Write a letter, telling Santa whether you’ve been naughty or nice, and include a Christmas wish list. Show your kids that you’re asking for things that money can’t buy, along with one or two nice things you wouldn’t mind having as gifts. Mail your letters to the North Pole, or better yet- visit Santa in your town, and give the letters to him in person.
#3- Elf on the Shelf.
Start an Elf on the Shelf tradition with your family. Adopt an elf, and give him a name. Watch your kids search for the elf each morning after they get up. Encourage them to be on their best behavior as they wait for the days leading to Christmas.
#4- Go to a Christmas Play or Concert.
Check out the local theaters to see if there are any holiday themed shows or musicals playing. There are probably free concerts in your city in the weeks leading up to Christmas, or you might be able to find cheap concerts at local colleges or universities. Make a night of it, and take the family out to dinner before or after the show.
#5- Order Family Christmas Pajamas.
Splurge and order a set of Christmas pajamas for every member of the family. It may seem goofy to all be wearing the exact same pajamas, but you’ll feel all warm and cozy inside when you’re all opening gifts on Christmas morning in your special pajamas.
There are plenty of fun things that you can do with your family this holiday season. No matter what you decide to do, just choose activities that you know your family will enjoy, and will leave everyone smiling. Nothing is better than spending time with the ones you love during the holidays.