A few posts ago I mentioned doing a complete post on Advent, Hannukah, and Christmas activities with kids…
Well..minus Advent and Hannukah, I think I might have some ideas for you. Unfortunately I missed the perfect timing to scour some ideas for this year for both Advent and Hannukah because the season has quickly meshed into Christmas, which is only six days away.
So I’ll talk about Christmas instead.
1. ) Coloring
Little kids, medium kids, and big kids alike love to color. (I’m a big kid when it comes to coloring and enjoy filling in a cutesy page or two out of my daughter’s coloring book whenever she brings it out for us to color together).
A great way to remind our kids (especially younger ones) about what Christmas is all about is to have them complete coloring pages and listen to a Christmas story simultaneously. I don’t know why, but somehow I feel that the concentration a child has when really focusing on that page while having attentive ears to your story makes a huge impact. So find out which lessons you want to teach and locate a coloring page to accompany it.
Here are some great Christmas pages online:
2.) Reading Christmas Books Together
So of course that would lead me to the whole idea of reading books together about Christmas. I always like to begin putting holiday books on hold or checking them out about one to two weeks before the actual holiday to ensure I have access to it. Believe me, holiday books get checked out really quickly (especially by homeschool moms like us!)
Anyway, reading those books together really brings to life everything you’re trying to instill within your kids. So of course, choose wisely. But make your holiday books count. Select books that help to pass on your faith and values. And if the book has activity suggestions, do them together. Your kids will love you for it (hopefully!)
3.) Make Paper Snowflakes
Tonight my youngest daughter and I sat down and clipped out some snowflakes together. We used coffee filters, folding them over and cutting designs at the fold.
It was a load of fun, gave us something crafty to do together, and now we have some inexpensive decorations to hang around the house .
4.) Cooking Together
This entire holiday season (Thanksgiving included) gave us lots of time to be together in the kitchen. My girls and I love to cook and make a mess (but none of us like so much having to clean up afterward). It’s still a lot of fun to make memories together in the kitchen and holidays are the perfect time to make that happen.
These are just a few ideas–there are tons more. You can sing Christmas carols together, decorate your tree with carols playing in the background, invent a favorite Christmas drink, create a new tradition.
Whatever you do, just do it together and enjoy the company of your family. You only have once in a lifetime to share these moments together. Forget your stressors and lay aside your worries…
A gentle reminder:
let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…Hebrews 12:1
Part of enjoying family life is learning to do away with the worry so that we can anticipate our time together. Hopefully some of these suggestions will get your creative juices flowing when it comes to time with your children over the holidays.
God bless, and Merry Christmas!!