How do you entertain your family at Christmas?

Christmas is just around the corner and a Christmas day or Christmas party won’t be complete if you do not have any festivities planned and ready. To make this holiday more special and not boring like any other day, you need to have a set of activities or Christmas traditions prepared. But then again, it is easier said than done, right? It is normal to have this overwhelming pressure to make your family enjoy Christmas and yet you don’t have any idea how. But do not worry because you don’t really need to do anything special or travel internationally to embrace the true spirit of Christmas. You can do jolly activities even from the inside (or in the backyard) of your home! You won’t need anything else aside from your family!

  • Christmas movie night. Everyone loves a good movie and let’s be real, there are a lot of Christmas movies out there which are family friendly. All you need to do is prepare popcorn or any snacks, some blanket and pillows, and you can all snuggle on your couch or build an indoor tent while watching movies! 
  • Decorate a gingerbread house. This is a perfect activity for both kids and adults alike because it will test your creativity! You can make it into a contest and whoever decorates their gingerbread house the prettiest gets to win a prize!
  • Outdoor activities. There are a lot of possibilities just by going into your backyard. You can gather some leaves and sticks and make a Christmas wreath, build a snowman, make your own Christmas sleigh, and more!
  • Bake Christmas treats. Baking with your kids is another way of bonding and teaching them the necessary skills while they are still young. You can start with simple little Christmas cookies where you teach them how to measure and decorate!

Christmas activities for kids

Probably the most important set of people who you need to entertain during this day is your children. Why? Because you need to make them feel the essence of Christmas while they are still young. In this way, they will always bring with them the fact that Christmas is a special day. With that said, here are some activities you can bond over with your children during the Christmas holiday:  

  • Christmas baking. Lure your children in by saying the word “Christmas cookies!”. Give them the freedom to decorate their cookies how they want! 
  • Christmas wreath making. No, you do not need to buy a fancy and expensive wreath for Christmas. Instead, you can take a walk in your backyard and let your children look for some nice leaves or branches, and teach them how to make their own Christmas wreath! 
  • DIY Christmas decorations. A good Christmas tree should reflect your family. With this, give your children the freedom to decorate their tree how they want it (with a little guidance from your of course).
  • Build a snowman. If you are one of the lucky ones who gets snow during Christmas, then what are you waiting for? Go out and build a bunch of snowman with your kids!

Things to do on Christmas day with family

If you need more ideas on how to celebrate Christmas day and make it special for you and your family, then here are 15 festive things to do during this holiday!

 

15. DIY Fabric Christmas Ornament

During my childhood, we made so many ornaments, both at home and at school. Salt dough ornaments, popsicle stick reindeer, picture ornaments, and other fun creations were all so fun to make!

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14. Show Your Love and Appreciation with a Christmas Surprise!

The holiday season always has me thinking about the year and how much we have to be thankful for. We live in a great neighborhood, where the only nuisances are the stray animals who love to hang out in our yard.

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13. Elf Yourself – Holiday Body Tracing Art for Kids

Remember having someone trace the outline of your body on a sheet of butcher paper as a kid? Super fun right? Well, I came up with a Christmas version that is perfect for the holidays. This body tracing activity allows kids to transform themselves into an elf!

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12. Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar

Every Christmas I try to make sure my kids know that Christmas is more about giving to others than it is receiving. Just like all of you, I try to make sure my kids (and myself!) are focusing the joy of Christmas and spreading the love of Jesus (the reason for the season!), but that can be tough with all the focus on presents. That’s why I made this Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar.

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11. How to Make a Snow Globe in a Mason Jar

I’ve always loved snow globes and while cleaning some mason jars the other day I had a thought: how do you make a snow globe in a mason jar? Well, I challenged myself to make it happen and I figured it out. And it’s far simpler than I thought it might be, but there are some tricks I learned.

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10. Rustic Christmas Countdown Clock with an Up Cycled Tree Charger

“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.” Can you hear the music? Christmas is a season of family, fun, food and Jesus. It’s also the season of lots of anticipation (especially if you have kids). 

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9. Christmas Pom-Pom Crafts

Pom-poms have to be amongst the most enjoyable things in the craft world. They are easy to make, simple to attach to each other and can look incredibly effective. They can be made in so many sizes and colours. Here are some brilliant Christmas pom-pom crafts that you may want to try this season!

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8. Reindeer Ornament Craft for Kids

My kids don’t go to preschool/daycare so the only way they have the opportunity to do crafts is if I do them with them. And the thing is, I actually enjoy crafts. But, we just are typically running around outside instead.

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7. Have A Crafty Christmas! Retro Holiday Decor You Can Make With Ideas From The ’60s

There’s a green burlap holiday wreath, some adorable tabletop Christmas trees, homemade holiday candles, a festive garland, terrific topiary trees, plus a beautiful cardboard Christmas starburst craft. Latest additions includes some adorable papier mache holiday decor. Take a look!

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6. Ugly Sweater Garland with Free Printable

Ugly sweaters are so much fun for creating holiday laughter, spirit and joy.  This darling little ugly sweater garland with free printable options to download is a great little craft for the season, really any season

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5. How To Turn Kids Artwork Into An Embroidered Ornament

If you’re looking for creative ways to make gifts out of children’s artwork, this is a tutorial for how to turn kids artwork into an embroidered ornament! Kids could embroider their own drawing as well or just help as they were interested; see my general tips for teaching kids to embroider in this post.

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4. Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

As I get ready for the holidays, I love to start with some arts and crafts!  These Christmas crafts for kids are super cute and really easy to make.  They are sturdy and so simple that my kids were able to make them largely independently.  My kids then ended up playing with them and using them to make a small display.  They turned out so well that all of my kindergarten students are making them for a special gift to take home for the holidays.

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3. Easy DIY Ornaments

I know this will come as a surprise to you, but I enjoy crafting. I enjoy crafting with my children. It’s a precious way to spend time with them and create memories for all of us. One tradition that I treasure is crafting Christmas ornaments to commemorate each year. With three busy teens, we don’t have time for complicated crafts so this year we’re making Easy DIY Ornaments – Easy Sharpie Dot Ornaments.

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2. DIY Old-Fashioned Cranberry Popcorn Garland

Add some homemade charm to your Christmas tree this year with a DIY old-fashioned cranberry and popcorn garland! 

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1. How to Grow Crystals for Christmas Decorations

I recall having varying success trying to grow crystals as a child, and it’s a project I’ve been meaning to do with my kids for quite some time now.  Growing Crystals from Borax is a really fun activity to try at home. Here we show you how to grow crystal stars to hang on your Christmas Tree.

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