We at DIY, are in the middle of an early Christmas celebration with our #12DaysofChristmas campaign. The grand finale will unfold tomorrow evening and we are very excited about it, and so are the kids participating! There is so much to like, love, and learn from the Christmas season. And there is a lot of parents can do to spend quality time with their kids during the last two weeks of the year.
Here are some thoughts on the Christmas activities parents can enjoy with their kids during this season.
Build a gingerbread house
First thing first, it’s not as tough as it sounds! You can easily procure all the stuff you need like gingerbread, sprinkles, frosting, little bits, and bobs from any Christmas specialty shop or bakery in town. Just buy what you need and build a gingerbread house with your kids. If you need some visual assistance, there are several how-to videos on YouTube as well.
Bring out the storyteller in you. Irrespective of whether your child is a kid or a pre-teen or in their early teens, everybody loves to hear a good story. And Christmas fables are full of inspiration. Gather your kid/s (and if possible, their friends) to read them some amazing books on Christmas. It’ll be an engaging exercise for everyone involved.
It’s not Christmas if you are not watching the Christmas-genre movies! Yes, we are talking about gorgeous pieces of cinema like The Grinch, Home Alone, The Polar Express, Jingle All The Way, and Die Hard (yes, believe it or not, it’s a Christmas movie!). Make some popcorn and hot cocoa, and have yourself a merry movie marathon day.
If your children are into crafts, this holiday season is the best time to get your crafting tools out. Make trees with ornaments, snowmen, elves, Santa, and so many other crafts that can go up in the decor.
Cookies, cakes, and pies in the house and it smells like Christmas already in the house! How about trying out easy recipes – we recently conducted baking workshops for kids – with your child/ren? Chances are there will be flops but then, chances are y’all might discover a sweet treat in the process. That’s how baking works!
If baking isn’t your thing, then there is something else for you in store (no pun intended). Go buy cookies from a bakery and some icing. That’s all you need to decorate your cookies the way you like! Trust us when we say this: the kids will have a ball turning plain cookies into Christmas treats. Expect magic at its Christmassy best!
Hide presents and other goodies at various spots in the house and outside too. Make a map with clues in it and let the kids get to business. Winners get to keep what they find. This drill will not only help bring in the Christmas spirit but also keep your child/ren on their toes (quite literally).
Try all or some of the suggestions and do share your thoughts with us in the comment box below. But most importantly, enjoy your Christmas break with your children and make time to participate in activities that will bring you closer to them. After all, that’s what Christmas is all about: homeliness.
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