Fun Ways to Celebrate Christmas
Family Fun Christmas
Each year I can't wait for the holiday season because I have so much fun with my kids. We all look forward to decorating, shopping and having treats. One of the big things the kids look forward to is getting the tree. It's a great way for everyone to come together and join in some decorating fun.
Don't get me wrong, I think traditional Christmas trees are beautiful, but in our home, we decorate our tree in a Disney theme. I happen to think that themed trees are lots of fun. In fact, I've even been to homes where kids have their own themed trees in their rooms. Think of the joy of putting up a princess tree in a girls room or a Star Wars tree in a boys room. The possibilities are endless. Imagine a teddy bear tree or a sports tree for the ultimate sports fan.
A theme doesn't have to stop with the tree. We continue the theme with Disney Christmas stockings, decorations, music and even wrapping paper. I like the way it gives a personalized touch to the holidays. Of course, there are many more ways to have fun at Christmas time.
Christmas photo by earl53
Christmas Theme Example
Let's say you have a Star Wars fan in the household. I know I do! Here are a few things that could work towards a Christmas Star Wars theme.
Disney Christmas Stockings
In our household, we love Disney. Part of our Christmas decorating involves Disney Christmas stockings. If you're a fan of Disney, you might want to consider one of these stockings.
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Homemade Chex Mix Recipe
When I was a kid, one thing I really looked forward to during the holidays was my mom's homemade Chex mix. As a mom with four kids, I have continued this holiday tradition with my family. Each year as Christmas approaches, my kids start asking me when I'm going to make it. Since it's such a hit in my house, I thought I would share the recipe.
One box each of:
one bag of pretzels sticks
four cubes of butter
2 tsp. Marjoram
2 tsp. Summer Savory
2 tsp. Beau Monde
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
Using a large roasting pan, pour half a box of each cereal, except for Cheerios, into a large roasting pan. Add half the bag of the pretzels. Put half the box of Cheerios on top. Mix all seasonings together and sprinkle over the top. Dot the top with the four cubes of butter. Bake at 225-250 degrees for one hour, thoroughly stirring every 15 minutes to be sure all of the cereal is coated with the seasoning mixture. Cool before serving. As you've only used half of the ingredients, once you run out, you'll still have enough ingredients to make a second batch. Hope you enjoy!
Christmas Countdown Calendar
As a kid, I couldn't wait for Christmas. The final days before Christmas seemed to take forever. Help kids count down the days with a special Christmas countdown calendar. This is a project that you can easily make yourself.
Print out a blank calendar for the month of December and let kids fill in the dates. Then, let them decorate the calendar and provide them with holiday stickers to help count down each day until the big day when Santa arrives. Keep the calendar on your refrigerator so the kids have easy access to it. If you prefer, you can purchase calendars instead. Take a look at these.
Early Christmas Gifts
It can be so hard in the final days before Christmas to stare at the presents under the tree and not be able to open them, especially for kids. Here's one way to make those final days a little more tolerable for kids. It will cost seven dollars per family member.
Give each member of the family seven dollars and let everyone shop at a local dollar type store. Now, each evening after dinner, let the whole family have a one present gift exchange during the final week leading up to Christmas. This way, kids can have the fun of opening a present each night, making the waiting period for Christmas morning more tolerable.
Gift suggestions include holiday coloring books, Christmas cups, decorations, jigsaw puzzles, treats, mittens, flashlights and glow sticks.
Photo by caz1958 at morgueFile.
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Many families take at least one trip to the mall during the holiday season. Keep your kids busy and let them have some fun by participating in a mall scavenger hunt. Prepare lists with items in advance and let them check off each item as it is found. Kids can either do this together or make a contest out of it by seeing who can find all of the items on the list first. Here are some suggested items that you can use.
A Christmas music box
picture of Santa Claus
angel tree top
Christmas snow globe
a Santa hat
a Christmas sale sign
Christmas tree plates
If the children are too young to read, cut out pictures from magazines or print them off the Internet. While some kids do fine shopping at the mall, others get bored and restless. A Christmas scavenger hunt should help keep them occupied while having fun at the same time.
Photo by sullivan at morgueFile.
Silly and Fun Christmas Songs
Although there are many beautiful Christmas songs to listen to, sometimes it's fun to listen to some silly Christmas songs during the holidays. I, for one, happen to enjoy novelty songs. Additionally, fun holiday songs can make for a great sing-along the kids. Here are some fun songs to listen to during the holiday season.
All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)
Dominick the Donkey
Of course the list would be complete without Jingle Bells by the Singing Dogs. Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer is another good one, but caution should be taken with younger children due to a small portion of the lyrics. If you've ever listened to the song before, you know what I mean. So, come this holiday season, have some fun listening to some silly Christmas songs.
Photo by darrenhester at morgueFile.
Christmas Music Poll
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Writing a Letter to Santa
Writing to Santa is one of the most important things that a child will do during the Christmas holidays. The same holds true for a visit to Santa Claus. This is a time when a child will ask Santa for what he or she wants for Christmas.
I've always had a rule with my children. They can ask Santa for three things, then leave the rest up to Santa because he really knows what children like. This has always been fun for my kids as they have taken the time to really think about what they would like to get. It also makes it easier on the parents.
Santa photo by kakisky at morgueFile.
Cookies for Santa Claus and Reindeer Treats
Everyone knows that Santa Claus loves cookies and milk. Let kids have fun setting up a plate of cookies, along with a glass of milk for Santa. Don't forget about the reindeer. They love carrots. Chop up some carrots and let kids leave them outside so that Rudolph and all of his friends have a tasty treat on Christmas Eve while they're busy visiting boys and girls all over the world.
Of course, you need something for fun at home. I've always found that putting together a gingerbread can be a lot of fun. I've never made one from scratch, but have always had success with gingerbread house kits. The kids have a great time making them, then afterwards they have a fun Christmas decoration to look at. That is of course, unless you decide to eat it.
Photo by Cohdra at morgueFile.
Gingerbread House Kit
Doesn't this look yummy?