Between opening presents, visiting family and making special meals, we are busy on Christmas. However, in the morning, after opening presents, and in the evening, there is usually some down time. Christmas is a holiday for spending time with family and making memories. This year, try out some of these mom-approved Christmas activities for families.
# 1 Pick a Verse
Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. On Christmas Day, have everyone pick a favorite bible verse about Jesus to share with the family.
# 2 Make Peppermint Ice Cream
In the winter, you can typically find peppermint ice cream in the freezer section. However, it’s also fun to make it on your own. Using your fist, simply crush up some candy canes in a plastic bag. Then, mix one crushed candy cane into each scoop of decadent vanilla ice cream. Drizzle with chocolate sauce for a fantastic ending to any meal.
# 3 Do a Present Pass
Wrap up some novelty presents like bacon flavored toothpaste or some funny band aids. Then, have everyone sit in a circle, turn on some music and play pass the present. When the music stops, have everyone open up their silly gift.
# 4 Make a Christmas Collage
It’s likely you will take plenty of Christmas pictures. At the end of the day, kids can preserve their Christmas memories with a collage. They can either do it the “old-fashioned” way: print out pictures and put them onto a scrapbook page or create one on the computer.
# 5 Christmas Puzzle
I think putting together a puzzle is a fun activity. It’s a good way to get your family to work as a unit and spend some quality time together. Plus, it’s mentally stimulating. Choose a puzzle that is appropriate for your children’s developmental ages. A 100 to 200-piece puzzle should be good for four and five-year-olds while a 500-piece puzzle might be good for six to eight-year-olds. If your family is up for a challenge, try a 1000-piece puzzle like this Santa Claus one.
# 6 Do a Christmas Light Pajama Drive
Pile into the car in your jammies, crank up the Christmas music and go see some holiday lights. Try to go to a street you have never been on before.
# 7 Make a Time Capsule Christmas Ornament
Write down some memories, inside jokes and even New Year’s resolutions. Then, put them into a Christmas time capsule. I saw one specifically made for this purpose on ebay. However, you can also put these ideas on pieces of paper and stuff them into a clear ornament, ready to read next year.
Enjoy these family activities for Christmas! Before you know it, it will be the New Year.
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