Christmas is one of the most magical times of the year! Perfect for making memories. Making memories doesn’t have to be an expensive thing. It is all about the small things you do together as a family. These are things we do year after year. Some of the things are simple things. Other require more of a time investment. Some years we skip certain ones. Other years we do all 20. It doesn’t matter how many or how little you do. What matters is that you do your best to be present and enjoy the holiday season as a family.
Decorate for Christmas
If you have already done this. Make a Christmas craft as a family. Pinterest is full of inspiration.
Use popcorn that is at least a day old. Using a big eye needle put the popcorn thru string on dental floss. Wrap our Christmas tree with your new beautiful garland. You can also add cranberries as well they do only last about 10 days. A simple popcorn garland will last weeks.
Salt dough ornaments
All you need is 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of salt, and 1/2 a cup of warm water. Mix well, use cookie cutters to make the desired shapes.
Make pressed or cut cookies
Nothing says Christmas more then cookies. Make the cookies one day then a few days later decorate them.
Grinch Stole Christmas movie night with Grinch cookies
Themed movie nights are one of my favorite things of all time. Make Grinch cookies by pressing a small heart out of a sugar cookie. Make a cookie sandwich with raspberry jam filling.
Make orange pomanders
By pressing cloves into a pattern on the orange. You can also use a paring knife to make a design by removing some of the tough outer skin exposing the soft inside skin, and pressing cloves into to an elaborate design.
Cookie decorating party
Invite friends and family over for a fun filled cookie decorating party. Lay out various sprinkles, candy’s, and icings for a creative fun filled time.
Tip for easy clean up: Buy builders paper at your local home improvement store. It is very cheap for a huge roll which will last years. Cover the surface of where the cookie decorating will take place with the paper tape it in place. Lay some on the floor around the work surface. When the party is over simply roll up the mess and throw it away.
Themed what is Christmas like in another country night or day.
Research what Christmas is like in another country. Cook traditional Christmas foods of that country. Make traditional crafts from that country. Read stories that teach about Christmas in that country. You don’t have to buy books for this. A quick trip to the library will be your B.F.F for this activity.
Polar Express Movie night followed by Polar Express Re enactment Ride
Watch the Polar Express early one evening. Afterwards, tell everyone time for bed to change into their pajamas. Then surprise everyone by passing out ride tickets that you make. Bring along cookies, and hot cocoa for all to enjoy while you ride around looking at Christmas lights.
Read a Christmas Story or Stories
Depending on your children’s ages it might have to be several smaller picture books. Or if they are bigger then it can be one longer Christmas novel. That you read a chapter out of a day. The library is the place to go for this activity as well.
Go visit Santa
Most communities have an opportunity to meet Santa. Take advantage, get the kids dressed up. While their take a picture with Santa. Most places will try and get you to pay for a picture. You can politely decline and take your own photo with you camera for free.
Build a Gingerbread house
There is so many options for this activity. You can purchase a pre made kit often times they sell for around $12.00. Or you can make your own gingerbread house, royal icing, buy candies, and decorate.
Make Reindeer food
Inside a Ziploc bag mix dry oatmeal with a little glitter and shake well. I normally just do about a cup per child and sprinkle in a tiny bit of glitter. Christmas Eve you can sprinkle it on your lawn for reindeer to snack on.
Nutcracker movie night – this is a new one I am going to try this year.
Make snow buddies (the powdered sugar, chocolate, and Chex cereal concoction we all love), snack on it while watching The Nutcracker.
Christmas Carole movie night
Watch A Christmas Carol. I haven’t come up with any perfectly themed food to eat on this night. If you have any ideas let me know. We just love this movie. It has such a good message for the whole family.
Attend a Christmas Play or Musical Performance.
Most churches have some sort of play, or holiday performance this time of the year. Check your church bulletin for information. If you do not attend a church. Most churches would be happy to welcome you for the festivities. You can also check with your local community for options outside of churches.
Bake cookies for Santa
We all know Santa loves cookies. You can make this as easy as open a package of cookie dough and bake it. Or make the dough, press the dough into shapes, and decorate. There really isn’t a right or wrong way to do this.
Christmas activity packs
This is the perfect way to help your child channel his or her inner excitement about Christmas on the few days before Christmas. When school is out for the holiday. On Pinterest there is lots of free printable Christmas activity sheets. If you have a little time you can search by age. Print some options and give each child a packet. Or, if you are pressed for time you can buy pre-made packs on Etsy as low as $2.50.
DIY-Christmas photo shoot
In this day and age camera’s are at our fingertips. Everyone has a camera on their phone. Dress up in your holiday best or matching outfits. Go to your favorite outdoor location the lighting will be better. Take as many pictures as your heart desires. Ask a friend to go along with you. Then you can take turns taking pictures of each others families. When you get home sort thru the best. Use the editing tools built into your phone. To crop, and edit like a professional.