Keep the magic of the season alive by creating a family activities list. Use December 1 as the day to brainstorm, giving everyone a chance to voice their opinions. Write all the ideas down and after deciding if you want to do a 24 or 12 day lists, choose which ones you want most want to do.
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Here are 25 ideas to get you started:
1. Pre-cut a paper snowmen, sized for each family member for the kiddos decorate. Hang the finished family on the fridge, wall or door for everyone to enjoy. Let each child do the full family or have them work together.
2. Make personalized Christmas wrapping paper. Use butcher paper or white craft paper which kids can decorate using markers, Christmas stickers, stamps, glitter etc. Grandparents and teachers will especially appreciate the art work.
3. Decorate a gingerbread house. Use the old gram crackers around milk carton idea for small houses and/or a larger one everyone can work on.
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4. Make Christmas gifts or cards for teachers
5. Start a tradition and have the kids make a homemade ornament ~ be sure to add the year somewhere. Craft stores are filled with DIY ornament kits and ideas.
6. Have the kids make place cards for Christmas dinner.
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1. Bake up a few dozen cookies to share with people who help others such as local firemen, police, your priest, volunteers at the local pet shelter etc.
2. String popcorn and cranberries on trees for the birds or make other edible gifts for our feathered visitors.
3. Pick a name from one of the local giving trees (or toys for tots) and let the kids help choose the gift.
4. Call a local food bank, shelter, soup kitchen, church etc. and ask if they could use some help where you can all volunteer together. What a wonderful way to introduce your kiddos to the joy of volunteering.
5. Go Christmas caroling in your neighborhood or at a local nursing home
6. Make dog biscuits, add a ribbon (or put a few together in a baggie decorated by the kids) and deliver the holiday treats to friends and neighbors with dogs.
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7. Gather up toys and clothes to donate to the Salvation Army or local thrift shop which use their profits to help others.
8. Donate Used Books to a Library, pre-school, food bank etc.
9. Make two of your dinner and surprise a neighbor with take the extra one
10. Holidays can be stressful but it is easy to brighten someone’s day with a compliment. Make an effort to give a kind compliment to a stranger.
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Fun Holiday Activities
1. Write Santa a letter
2. Take the family ice skating
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3. Wait until it gets dark and drive (or walk) around the neighborhood to view the Christmas lights
4. Bundle up and take a walk or if you are lucky enough, play in the snow.
5. Have a Christmas movie marathon.
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6. Have a weekly family gift magically appear at the door, on the kitchen table or find it by following a clue or two. Gifts should be items that everyone can enjoy together can be things like a new Christmas book, DVD, board game, gingerbread house kit, cute holiday shirts, craft kit, movie tickets, etc.
7. Have a red and green day from the clothes worn, to food (food coloring added to scrambled eggs, milk, green salad with tomatoes, red apples, grapes, edamame, jello, pasta with marinara sauce etc.
8. Watch the classic and modern versions of Miracle on 34th Street while enjoying hot cocoa and Christmas cookies.
9. Draw names for gift giving for gifts and/or stocking stuffer that must be homemade. Fun to open at dinner the week before Christmas.
10. Have dinner next to the Christmas tree – with just the tree lights on.
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