Christmas is a time for families and a time for kin to grow closer. Christmas is also a time for fun activities that can bring people together. There are a lot of things that families can do together during the Holidays in order to not only strengthen ties, but also to enjoy themselves with.
When it comes to Holiday activities, parents are often the ones that are in control of how the family spends their time together. If you are a parent and you want to make this Christmas (and every Christmas thereafter) memorable and fun for every member of your household, this list of ideas may be worth your while. These Christmas activities can help put your entire family in the festive mood for the Holidays way before your children check their stockings and peek under the tree for their presents.
- Bake Christmas goodies together – prepare the ingredients for Christmas cookies, cakes and other goodies that your family loves to munch on during this time of the year and have them help in baking these off. Get your kids to help with the measuring, mixing, cutting and decorating of sugar cookies, cupcakes and other similar baked products one Christmas morning. Expect to clean up a considerable mess after this activity however, the amount of fun you and your family will have with this idea will be well worth it.
- Have a Christmas sing-off – have each member of the family prepare a Christmas song that they can share with everyone after Christmas dinner. You can then gather everyone in the living room for the sing-off and have each person sing their songs to the brood while standing in front of the tree. You can even pair people up so that the activity is more cooperative and fun. Have eggnog and hot chocolate ready for this event so that people can sit and sip their warm beverages while family members serenade them with Christmas carols.
- Read Christmas books in front of the tree – this can be a tradition that you can start this year and do every year hereafter. There are many wonderful Christmas books that can be used for this activity and you can start off this tradition with a classic like The Nutcracker, The Polar Express or Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. You can also choose to read funny Christmas stories like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or really touching tales like The Gift of the Magi. Sit with your children around you and have them choose the book that you will read to them. You can also choose the book yourself and have some of the older kids take turns in reading pages from your selection.
- Watch Christmas movies – pop some corn, prepare other movie snacks and gather everyone together in front of the TV to watch some of the best Christmas movies ever made. Choose from some of the classics to the latest CGI offerings that come out every year during the holidays for your Christmas movie time, insert the DVD and enjoy watching these stories unfold before you with your family sitting around you. If there is a Christmas movie opening in a theater near you, make this activity a family outing and take your entire brood to the movies.