Now we are into November, Christmas is just around the corner. It will soon be time to dust off those decorations and start thinking about making Christmas magical for your children. These are some fun activities to help make the festive season extra special.
Make a Christmas Eve Box
Christmas Eve boxes have grown in popularity over the past few years. It doesn’t have to be something you spend a fortune on. A simple shoebox wrapped and filled with a few items will be just as magical as a huge hamper for children. If you are unsure what to fill yours with you could include a favourite Christmas film, some chocolate coins and the ingredients for a festive hot chocolate to share whilst watching the movie. The box can then be presented to the children on
Christmas Eve to be enjoyed together before going to bed.
Take Part in Elf on the Shelf
Love him or hate him, that pesky elf is also growing in popularity at Christmas time. Elf on the Shelf is a fun way to count down the days to Christmas but it can be stressful for parents. Have a little look online for ideas and plan in advance to avoid any last minute panic. Remember it is all about having fun with it – the children won’t mind if their elf isn’t doing anything overly dramatic, it’s the magic they are enjoying!
Put up the Tree Together
Whether you opt for a real or artificial tree, get the children involved! Pick a date to put the tree up and make it into a celebration. Put on the Christmas tunes, let them have an input on how the tree is decorated and settle down after it’s up with a festive family film – Home Alone is a classic and will be sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Create Homemade Decorations & Christmas Baking
If you are looking for something to do once the children have broken up from school, homemade decorations are the perfect activity to keep little ones occupied whilst getting them excited for Christmas. Some simple ideas are paper lanterns or garlands, papier mache baubles and salt dough decorations for the tree. You can also get creative in the kitchen and bake some festive treats to enjoy together. If you aren’t confident making something from scratch, there are plenty of ready made kits available from supermarkets or why not decorate a gingerbread house?
Post Letters to Santa
Once the children have decided what they want for Christmas (and no doubt changed their minds several times), get them to write out a letter to Santa and send them to the address provided by the Royal Mail to receive a letter back. It’s a fun activity to do together to get children excited for Christmas and adds to the magic when their letter from Santa comes through the post.
Attend the Local Christmas Lights Display
Have a look online to find out when your local Christmas lights are due to be turned on. It generally happens from mid to late November and there is usually some free entertainment provided alongside this.
Give a Gift to Charity
It is so easy to get caught up in the material side of Christmas and forget those less fortunate than ourselves. Why not take part in something like the Shoebox appeal or donate some toys or food to your local shelter? You can get the children involved and explain to them how they are helping others to have a good Christmas too.
Emma-Louise is a guest blogger and creator of Even Angels Fall. She lives in Bournemouth with her husband and 3 beautiful kids. She writes about beauty, weddings, food, style & motherhood.