Are you looking for some Christmas Traditions with kids, maybe something to do over their Christmas break? Try these meaningful Christmas ideas. I wanted to share some simple ideas because I think it’s important to realize that we don’t have to go crazy to make things meaningful.
Yes, Pinterest is a flurry of ideas of ways to connect as a family (and I’ll share a few here), but there are so many ideas that are just simple and meaningful. Remember… kids really just want one thing for Christmas.
One thing I have realized is that there are simple ways you can connect as a family during the Christmas season. Many times some of the most meaningful moments happen when you are simply together. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite ideas with affiliate links to products that you can find online.
- Watch a Christmas movie together.
- Make some popcorn or your favorite snack and turn on a Christmas movie with the Christmas tree lights on. It is so simple and always a lot of fun.
- Drive around to look at lights for 15 minutes. (We take hot chocolate in little travel cups & play music in the car).
- Go to a Christmas parade. Find a local one and take a few blankets to keep warm (or use a travel electric blanket)
- Read a Christmas story together: Over time our Christmas book collection has been growing. However, even if you do not have Christmas books, you can check some out from the library, order them on Amazon or stop by a thrift store. Reading together is such a beautiful way to connect with family.
- Make cookies together: Christmas cookies do not have to be complicated. You can do homemade cookies or you could buy some refrigerated ones to bake. Keep it simple.
These are my favorite
- Have a Christmas Cupcake Bake-off in your own house.
- Go to Church in the evening.
- Go caroling around your neighborhood or in a nursing home. I did this as a child and still remember how much I loved it. When I was a teacher, we took our students’ caroling, as well.
- Take a picture of your child talking to Santa…
- Make ornaments with your family (our kids love these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Ornaments)
And these frozen ornaments.
- Have a Candy Cane Hunt. Hide candy canes around the house or yard (they have to be HANGING on something).
- Start a handprint Tree Skirt with names & years, like this one (source unknown)
- Decorate a Ginger Bread House (we bought a few of the already assembled houses from Michaels), but you could also get a little more creative & have a Ginger Bread Decorating party, like Design Improvised.
- Make Snowman Pancakes
- Have a themed day like Katherine Maries (Her ideas are always fantastic)
- Go on a “Jesus in the Yard” hunt:
- Finally, on Christmas Eve, give your kids a Night Before Christmas Box: Fill your box with things like Christmas PJ’s, a Christmas DVD, Santa’s key, food for Rudolf, sweet treats or anything you can think of before placing it under the tree on Christmas eve for your child to excitedly open and see all their Christmas surprises!
- Start a new tradition: Whether it is opening a gift on Christmas eve, making a special breakfast, or decorating the tree together, create traditions just for your family. Families connect when they are doing things together and working towards a common goal.
As you can see, there are many simple ways you can connect with your family this season. Remember to keep it simple and have fun! What are some ideas you have?