While the official count down to Christmas begins on December 1st the real rush towards the holiday starts right now with less than one week before the big day. After you finish all of that stressful holiday shopping, take a deep breath and create a short list of Christmas activities that will put you in a cheerful holiday mood. Holiday activities like decorating gingerbread houses and baking Christmas cookies help forge those early Christmas memories we all reflect so happily upon. So which holiday activities can you squeeze in between now and Christmas? Here is a list of my personal favorites.
1. Make Gingerbread Houses
Some folks make gingerbread houses from scratch, some buy a kit that requires assembling and others buy an already assembled house that requires little more than icing and colorful decorations. No matter which option you choose your kids will love picking out colorful candy pieces and choosing where to place them. This is one of those old-fashioned activities that adults and children love to do together. You can find kits on sale this time of year so if you take that route buy a couple of houses and create your own little gingerbread town.
2. Bake Christmas Cookies
There are so many fabulous Christmas cookie recipes and every member of the family seems to have a unique favorite. You can bake gingerbread cookies, chocolate chip cookies, snicker doodles, shortbread cookies, candy cane cookies, sugar cookies and hundreds more. If you have the time prepare a treasured recipe passed down from your parents or grandparents, but if you are short on time or energy take the easy road to Christmas baking by picking up a roll of Pillsbury refrigerated cookie dough from your grocer. Your kitchen will still smell like freshly baked cookies and your kids will still be super excited to decorate them.
3. Wrap Gifts With Your Kids
Children love to help with Christmas activities even the ones that may initially seem boring. Take wrapping gifts as an example. Many young kids will jump at the chance to help out. This year skip the giant rolls of paper with Santa and snowflake designs. Instead head online to Amazon and order up a giant roll of brown or white paper. Then put your children in charge of decorating it with red and green stamps and special holiday drawings. Show your children how to measure the box, cut the paper or tape the ends together. You’ll turn a boring activity into a really fun one!
4. Holiday Events
You can find a wide variety of holiday themed events this time of year. Search for Christmas caroling, breakfasts with Santa, tree lightings, holiday model train exhibits, ballet performances, and many, many more. If you can’t find a specific activity in your area try to recreate the activity or event in your own home. Ask your children if they’d like to go Christmas caroling or if they’d like to put on a dance recital to their favorite holiday tunes.
The days to Christmas are quickly counting down. What holiday activities can you squeeze in between now and Christmas Day?