It’s time for Cindy’s 25 days of Christmas Activities countdown!!! My family LOVES the Holiday and Christmas Season. I wish it could last all year long. There is nothing better than Christmas Decorations, Glowing Colorful Lights, the smell of fresh pine, fresh baked cookies and Pumpkin pies!
My family has many Christmas Activities Traditions. They are all precious to us. Traditions are passed down from family to family over the years. We have a few specials Christmas Activities that have been passed to us but we have also created new traditions and activities of our own. The main focus of the holiday season in our house is always Christ centered. Prince Charming and I do love the mystery and magic of the Christmas Season. As a matter of fact many of these traditions are kept alive with vigor and passion from this wonderful man. As a matter of fact sometimes I think I married St. Nicholas himself :)! His childlike humor and imagination is very contagious.
I hope this post will give you some Christmas Activities inspiration of your own for the Christmas season this year. The order that I lay out in this post is how I set up our advent, but you can get as creative as you want! I have a Snowman Advent Countdown Calendar we follow until Christmas. What you are supposed to do is count down the days, but I use these pockets to place each activity inside. Every day not only do the kids count down until Christmas, but when they wake up in the morning they get to see what their fun activity of the day will be! So I generally make a list of everything I want to do and print them on small pieces of cardstock. Then I place in the pockets of my calendar. This makes the activities very “moveable” if you have something come up that day that you didn’t plan. You might also consider just making a few “free space” cards for flexibility.
The Following are some ideas that we have used and will still use this year. For your convenience you can download a free PDF of my list!
1. Make Homemade Ornaments
Every Year our family makes homemade Christmas Ornaments. I have several cute ideas you can check out on Pinterest! From globe ornaments, to Santa Clause Hand Prints, to Footprint Snowmen! Below was the year we custom made traditional globe ornaments. Add this to your list of family Christmas Activities!
2. Make Christmas Cookies
Then give some away to neighbors and friends! Our favorites are making Ginger Snaps, Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Chips!
3. Make Homemade Gifts
There is nothing better than a homemade gift. What is even better is putting the loving time and care into making a gift for someone you love. There are several ideas I can cover here which I will highlight in an upcoming post. Here are some ideas that we have done. Homemade Sugar Scrub, Homemade Hats and Scarves, Homemade Lip Balm and many more! Add this to your list of family Christmas Activities!
4. Open New Ornament For The Year
This is one of our traditions that Prince Charming and I have carried on from our childhood. Every year each child gets one new ornament for the tree with their name and year on it for keepsake. Sometimes we pick out the ornaments, other times we take a special shopping trip and let the kiddos pick out their own ornaments. After a while you need extra trees for all of the ornaments you have collected! Add this to your list of family Christmas Activities!
5. Serving Project
Here are some great ideas we have done. Visit a nursing home- have kids make homemade cards and give free hugs. All of the residents LOVE seeing children. Sadly the workers told us last year that many of them do not get visitors, especially children. Visit your local veterans center- We did this last year. We printed out some cute little verses and attached them to candy canes. We met them all in a large room for an event and had the kids tell them thank you for serving and Merry Christmas. The stories you hear from some of them will stick with your kids forever. We have also served at our local Jesus House on Christmas Day. Add this to your list of family Christmas Activities!
6. Watch Christmas Movies
We have SOOOOO many favorite Christmas movies we love to watch on our family movie nights during the Christmas Activities. Here is a list of some of our kids favorites: Home Alone, Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Christmas with the Kranks, Elf, Jack Frost, The Santa Clause, The Santa Clause 2, The Santa Clause 3, Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Original Christmas Classics, and the Polar Express
7. Board the Polar Express and Drink Hot Chocolate
We took this to a whole new level last year. Prince Charming dressed up as a conductor and printed out tickets to hand the kids as they “boarded” or walked into our living room to watch the Polar Express movie. So fun! Add this to your list of family Christmas Activities!
8. Read Aloud the Nativity Story
9. Visit Santa
Yes, we still believe in the magic of Santa and that tradition is precious to us. Once the kids get a certain age, we tell them the story of St. Nick and let them know the real story of Saint Nicholas, but we keep the magic alive as long as we can! It helps that we have a tradition of visiting the SAME Santa EVERY year! He is amazing! Every Year he sits down with the children to tell them the story of the birth of Jesus.
10. Go Look at Christmas Lights
Every year we spend a night traveling around looking at amazing Christmas lights! There are amazing neighborhoods that have lights, there are even several small towns that have exclusive areas set up with lights and hot chocolate! It is an inexpensive way to spend quality family time and build memories together. Add this to your list of family Christmas Activities!
11. Visit a Compassion Experience
If you have never visited a compassion experience, you should. Not only is it a very moving experience to see how impoverished children live in other parts of the world and how you can help them, but a great opportunity to talk to your kids about how blessed we are to live in America. You can check their website to see if there are any near you.
12. Write Christmas Letters to Relatives or Friends
13. Make S’mores Over a Fire
14. Go Ice Skating
There are many time your local city will set up places to go Ice Skating. We live in Oklahoma where our winter months are mostly warm. Every now and then we will get a sprinkle of snow or the occasional ice storm. Our city sets up an amazing skating rink for the families with Christmas music and tasty hot chocolate. This is one of our favorite recent traditions. Add this to your list of family Christmas Activities!
15. Random Acts of Kindness (Do These All Season Long)
You could do so many things that this could be a post itself! Pay for someone’s food in the drive through behind you. Give someone money for groceries. Be a secret Santa. Make sure you check out Snow’s post on Random Acts of Kindness here!
16. Go Sledding
Even in warm places many times there are sledding areas set up! We like to go to our downtown area where they have a Mega Snow Slide with multiple runs. It is a blast! Add this to your list of family Christmas Activities!
17. Write Santa a letter
18. Make a Birthday cake for Jesus.
19. Make Cookies for Santa.
20. Family Game Night
In our family we have a tradition of playing games. We love the fun and competition 🙂 When it comes to our Christmas Activities we step up the games in the month of December. We have several we play and they are compatible for the age ranges we have in our family. These games are easy enough for a 6 year old to play and entertaining enough for us adults.Add this to your list of family Christmas Activities! Here are some of our favorites to play: Monopoly, Checkers, Uno, Apples to Apples, Sorry!, Jenga, Clue.
21. Family PJ night
22. Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
Spending quality time with your family is so precious. We have so much fun making Ginger Bread Houses. We make it a fun contest and have our Mimi (Prince Charming’s Mom) judge the houses. We also eat them when we are done 🙂 Add this to your list of family Christmas Activities!
23. Crafting Night
We actually have a tradition that we call “Christmas Cousin Crafting night”. This is one of our favorite Christmas Activities. We schedule one night as a family, then make dinner and a craft together!
24. Make and Take Dinner or Treats to a Neighbor
Christmas is a season for giving and spreading love. One way we teach our children is by showing them and walking it out. We let them be a part of it. We love to cook meals and bake treats. You know the good kind 🙂 Like cookies, brownies, cakes and cinnamon rolls! We like to cook our famous soups as well.
25. Have a Painting Night!
This was so fun! We just thought we could do our own guided painting project with our kids right in our home and so we did! They turned out fantastic and we still have the paintings today!
I hope you found some inspiration from my 25 days of Christmas to be able to plan some fun days for your family this Christmas season! What are some of your favorite traditions?