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Fun Ways to Celebrate Christmas

Updated on December 20, 2013

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.

Christmas Poll

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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.

Penny's Snacks

Ingredients:

One box each of:

Corn Chex

Wheat Chex

Rice Chex

Crispix

Cheerios

In addition:

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.

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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.

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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

reindeer ornament

picture of Santa Claus

snowman decoration

Nativity scene

angel tree top

Christmas snow globe

a Santa hat

a Christmas sale sign

candy canes

gingerbread house

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.

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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

Snoopy's Christmas

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.

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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?

What do you do for fun during the holidays?

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      I try to find some time for relaxation. I admit I am not party animal anymore:)

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      So many wonderful ideas here,

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      We love spending time with our family during the holidays. We don't have to do anything special, just be together. However, I love some of your ideas!

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      Michael Oksa 4 years ago

      Going over to my Mom's house is the highlight for me.

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      tenoclock 4 years ago

      Quick Quick, add some songs from The Smurfs to the Silly and Fun Christmas Songs section! ;)

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I love playing games that involves the whole family. Great lens!

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      FallenAngel 483 4 years ago

      I really love your idea of presents each day for a week before Christmas and also the themed tree. I got a black tree for Christmas this year so I might have to come up with a suitable theme. Your kids are very lucky to have such a considerate Mum.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Boston

      I love everything about the holiday season, but the activities that I enjoy the most are baking cookies with my kids and decorating the Christmas tree. These are both fun ways to spend time with my kids.

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      Ardyn25 4 years ago

      If there is enough snow and its not to cold we go tobogganing and skidooing, If its to cold we light the fire, read or watch some great movies.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Lovely and cheap days to celebrate the day! Make some memories.

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      coolmon2009 lm 4 years ago

      i like watching old Christmas movies and listening to the music of the season.

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      CruiseReady 4 years ago from East Central Florida

      We like to watch the fun our cat has with his Christmas tree.

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I enjoy Christmas things all year long! ;-)

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Volunteering and baking for the holidays bring me enjoyment.

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Hide from the children and get drunk

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      Ajeet 5 years ago

      Fun ways, indeed :)

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Whenever we travel, the kids and I all choose a Christmas ornament from the destination. At Christmas, we get to relive the memories of all those fabulous trips while putting up the tree.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Christmas and the Reason for the Season. Getting together with family and dinner is so special.

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      Christmas is a great holiday! what makes it so special for me is that i get to eat anything without feeling guilty.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      AACK! I want Christmas to come back! However, Easter is my favorite holiday! Blessed!

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      Joycevoice 5 years ago

      I like your idea for easy and inexpensive Christmas gifts with meaning.

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      niceman91 lm 5 years ago

      I know it's kind too late to view this lens now, but this is really great one :)

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      This is such a cool lens.. thanks for all the great ideas for next year or maybe other holidays. Thumbs up and Angel Blessed.

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I love the Christmas scavenger hunt idea! This could also be used in so many ways! Great lens!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I did a theme tree the year I graduated from college in December. It was fun to decorate with Texas Aggie ornaments. Lots of fun ideas here. Thanks!

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      DevandElizabeth 5 years ago

      Best lens thanks

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      savenlives 5 years ago

      I think one year I will do a beach theme :)

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      we always have karaoke party during christmas.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      we always have karaoke party during christmas.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The excitement is really in the air now as Christmas draws near. What great suggestions you have here.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      The excitement is really in the air now as Christmas draws near. What great suggestions you have here.

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      AFridayinApril2 5 years ago

      Oh how fun!!!! I love the themed tree in the kids room idea, When my little one is a few years older I think we'll do that!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Good ideas and a nice lens.

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      Great ideas! som of them are new to me like the scavenger hunt i think i will use it this festive season. Thanks for sharing.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Such fun ideas! =D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. Nice Christmas traditions.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      You have a lot of great ideas and traditions! I had to laugh a bit. I thought we were the only family who opened gifts for 7 days, instead of just on Christmas day. It is a great way to "extend" Christmas and to enjoy each gift as it should be.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Merry Christmas my dear ... may your day be filled with blessings.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Our Christmas tradition has been having Christmas dinner at a local 5 star hotel that puts on a great mid-day brunch. Relaxing for everyone.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      I love this lens. Reminds me of when my kids were little, thanks and Happy Holidays :)

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      Very nice lens...I like the idea of a Christmas countdown calendar...

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      Very nice lens...I like the idea of a Christmas countdown calendar...

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Some really fun ideas! I love the idea of themed Christmas trees in the children's rooms! And the mall scavenger hunt is a great idea as well! :)

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Some fun Christmas ideas and unique family traditions.