The countdown to the holidays has begun and this is the perfect time to enjoy some special family activities together. These kinds of activities will make wonderful memories and help bind you together as a family. Some of them will probably turn into family traditions. It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you do it together and have fun. Here are a few suggestions
1. A New Ornament
Every year I would buy each of my boys a new ornament. I would spend ages trying to find something that reflected their personality and interests. My sister-in-law did something similar this year, but made it a lot easier on herself. They took a family trip to a Christmas store and everyone chose a decoration that represented him or her in some way. I love this idea!
2. Gingerbread houses
One of our favorite family traditions during Advent was making gingerbread houses. This is something that continued for many years, even when the boys grew older. Sometimes we would have a party and each boy got to invite a friend. We used the recipe and instructions from Canadian Living Magazine.
3. Making gifts
Making gifts together is a wonderful family activity. One year we made cinnamon sugar to give to the boy’s teachers. It is super easy to do and was very much appreciated by the recipients. You can find an easy recipe here.
4. Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt
A fun thing to do with your family is to pile into the car just before Christmas and drive around the town to enjoy the Christmas lights. Karen from Layers of Learning has created a printable Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt to make this activity into a game.
5. Have a Snowman Lunch
Head over to Lisa Storms for some simple instructions. Aren’t they adorable?
6. Making Ornaments
Every year the boys and I would make ornaments together. It was a lovely afternoon activity and we still hang many of these decorations on our tree. I found that simple is best, so I really liked this simple kid’s snowflake ornament over at B-Inspired Mama. Make it even easier by providing a variety of crafts supplies (yarn, sparkles, shredded paper, beads, feathers, sequins…) and inviting your children to fill the ornaments with whatever catches their eye.
” But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.” Caroline Kennedy
I’d love to hear from you. What is your favorite family activity at this time of year? What special family traditions do you enjoy?