Christmas with Kids
Each year Christmas time rolls around and as the schools start to go on break for the year parents are left wondering how they can celebrate this holiday while also making it educational and fun for everyone. We found 6 unique ways thanks to Crosswalk that helps your whole family spread holiday cheer to everyone around you including your neighbors near and far.
Each Dec. 1, we get out our Christmas books and holiday movies. Each day during December, one child picks a book or movie for the entire family to watch or read together. Variations of this include wrapping the books and movies separate and having the kids pick something sight unseen.
Remember our animal friends
Pop plain popcorn and string the popped kernels with fresh cranberries. Place the ropes on an outside tree or bush near a window and watch the birds enjoy their Christmas treat. “Paint” pine cones with peanut or other nut butters, attach a string and hang up in a tree for the squirrels to enjoy.
A musical Christmas evening
Sit by the tree and sing Christmas carols, have children or adults play Christmas favorites on instruments and read “The Night Before Christmas” or other holiday poems or short books aloud. Serve holiday cookies and wassail to get into the spirit of the evening. If you want to spread cheer you could also gather and serenade your neighbors with carols.
One evening, have everyone get into their pajamas and pile into the family car for a drive around the neighborhood to ogle the handiwork of your neighbors. Wrap up a plate of holiday baked goods to give to the owners of the house voted by your family as the most Christmasy.
Tree ornaments can be made from almost anything, including things you have around the house. Most of the raw materials are inexpensive to purchase and instructions for a variety of homemade ornaments abound on the Internet. Some ideas of things that can become tree decorations include clothespins, Mason jar lids, pine cones, lightweight photo frames, buttons, fabric scraps, etc.
At this time of year, it’s also important to focus on those who are struggling. Helping others can boost our own holiday spirits. Soup kitchens, food banks, and other nonprofit groups need extra hands during the holiday season, so consider signing up as a family to help out.
What is one unusual way your family prepares for Christmas?