I think we can all agree that Christmas this the most awaited time of the year, especially for children. This is the time of the year when we all gather to have a Christmas eve dinner, give presents, and of course, open them. For adults, it may just be a normal holiday, but for the kids, this is the best part of the year. There are lots of ways we can spark their imagination and make them more excited before the actual day comes. You can even give them letters from Santa to really spike up their energy. Imagine their reaction once they receive a letter coming from the person they await the most. Here is a list of activities you can do with your kids before Christmas to make waiting more exciting.
Gingerbread house decorating
Making and decorating a gingerbread house is a fun, collaborative activity to do with your kids. To make this even more thrilling, you can even turn this into a gingerbread house decorating contest. This activity unleashes your kid’s creativity and resourcefulness. After creating and decorating them, you can eat your delicious masterpiece.
Creating an advent calendar will surely make waiting much more exciting. Create a calendar with gifts inside for the whole month. You can buy one or, better yet, just make it your own. Customizing the advent calendar allows you to pick what kinds of gifts you will give to your kids and customize them according to your kids’ preferences. Each day should contain a small gift. As the days get closer to the 25th, the greater and more special the gifts become. Be sure to only open one per day to keep the thrill.
Decorate your tree with polaroids
Decorating your Christmas tree is a must, but just using the usual Christmas lights and Christmas balls is too common. One way to make your Christmas tree more special is by attaching polaroids to them. You can hang photos you took the whole year and reminisce while looking at your memory tree.
24 days of movie nights
While waiting for Christmas, watch at least one movie a day as a family. Nothing beats the vibe of watching Christmas movies during the Christmas season by the fireplace. While you’re at it, make some hot chocolate. Drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows while watching a movie is the best.
Who doesn’t love this tasty snack? Chocolate and melted marshmallows being sandwiched by a graham cracker surely hit the spot. That’s not even the best part. Setting up a camp outside while making these with your family and friends will surely make your night special. The stories you make and the memories you reminisce and create that night will surely make you want to make this into a tradition.
Kids love contests. It triggers their creativity and competitiveness, especially if there is a price. You can set up a talent show contest for your kids, with the adults as the judges to really include the entire family. The children can sing or dance along to a Christmas song, reenact a scene from a Christmas movie or make witty jokes, it’s all up to them. Of course, you have to give them a price for their efforts, even the ones who didn’t win, be sure to give them consolation prizes to keep their spirits up.
Letter from Santa
Kids love Santa. They go absolutely crazy when they see a Santa clause in the mall. Hundreds of them even beg their moms to let them sit on Santa’s lap. Imagine their reaction when they receive a letter from Santa. Give them the letter days before Christmas eve with the note that shows that they are on the good list. This will encourage them to keep up their good behavior for Santa.
Christmas isn’t complete without games. There are tons of games you can play as a family. It can be charades, passing the message, trips to Jerusalem, snowman making, or even customizing your Christmas balls. These games will surely add to the memories your kids create during the Christmas season.