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Things To Do This Christmas With The Kids


I know we're not even half way through October yet but I am already looking forward to Christmas this year so much so I have been thinking about what activities to do with Amelia as she will be older and more fun compared to last year when she was only just 8 months old. There are of course many activities that you can do together at home without costing a penny and others which you may need to stretch into the piggy bank for but all will definitely be worth it to see a smile on their face!

Here are some Christmas activities that you too can do with your Children this year:

Out and about 

1. Go to santas grotto - Do you remember when you were a kid and went to see Father Christmas? Remember how excited you were and the fear of whether you had been good or bad that year. Now that you have your own family take them to see Santa. Last year we didn't take Amelia she we didn't see much point as she was still pretty young. This year I am looking forward to taking her along and letting her sit on Santa's lap at our local grotto. Hopefully she won't be scared! 

2. Go ice skating - If you have a local outdoor ice rink take the family down one evening and have fun skating around and most probably falling over! 

3. Go to a concert, opera or panto - Christmas is a great time of year to experience new and exciting things and this is when it's the most busiest. Perhaps taking younger children to a pantomime or to Opera London if you have older children can be a good idea to get out for the evening. Try and get tickets well in advance though as it's likely that they will sell out early. 

4. Watching the lights being turned on can become a family tradition and is a regular activity that most families experience. Find out if your local village or town will be turning on the lights and wrap up warm!

5. If it is your first Christmas without your parents as your own family then this is the chance to make your own traditions whether that be a real or fake tree. If you do decide to go out and buy a real Christmas tree, take the family along and let the kids run about choosing a tree and make it a fun outing which will become an annual event. 

At home

1. Make some Christmas cards - Making Christmas cards for friends and family is a great excuse to sit down with your children for an hour or so. You could even turn it into a craft session and get out the paints and use hand or footprints with younger children to make the cards. You can use glitter, ribbon and tinsel the options are endless. Family and friends love receiving handmade cards and you will save some money too!

2. Colouring - Get your toddler or child to draw some festive ideas perhaps santa, a snowman or even reindeer. You could print out some Christmas printables and get them to colour in the images. 

3. Christmas games such as charades is a family favourite and can make hours of endless entertainment. Why not grab a few board games and sit down with some favourite snacks and have some fun family time! 

4. Christmas recipes - Another thing I'm looking forward to this year is cooking Christmas treats and having Amelia 'help' me in the kitchen. I have already been looking at yummy recipes for some festive treats and drinks.  

5. Watch Christmas films together as a family. I loved nothing more as a kid than sitting down on the sofa with the family watching films throughout the Christmas period. You can never get sick of Christmas films... even now at the age of 24 I love Home alone and Bad Santa! 

What are you looking forward to doing the most with the family/kids this year?



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31 comments

  1. Panto should be a christmas law! Great ideas Kerry x

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    1. I've not been to one since i was a kid myself so hoping to take Amelia this year :) x

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  2. Can't wait to go ice skating :) I'm counting down the days until Christmas already!!

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  3. Love the ideas, will be using a few!!
    One thing that we will be doing for the first time this year ( so hoping it will become a tradition!) is to wrap up 24 of the boys books that they don`t read anymore, place them all under the tree with a christmas themed blanket; sit and open/read one each night on the run up to christmas and let them rediscover the books. xx

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    1. Thats a lovely idea! They will love that :) x

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  4. We are taking my daughter to the panto for the first time this year so I'm just hoping she enjoys it. She loved ice skating so we will definitely be doing that again this year and doing some xmas baking.

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  5. Lovely to think of the various aspects and activities associated with Christmas. Can be a wonderful family time. I love the film Miracle on 34th street, all versions. You have fair put me in the mood for Christmas.

    Rachel Craig

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  6. some really good ideas will be trying most of these out ourselves :) x

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  7. some really great ideas we decorate baubles and make decorations but some new great ideas here thank you cant wait to start trying them out x

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  8. Love building snow men if the weather is right of course. Some nice tips, thanks. Xx

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  9. Snowmen and snowball fights are always a winner!

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  10. I loved going to the christmas panto with my mom when i was little so that's a definite - we're going to see Scrooge this year :)

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  11. Packing a gingerbread house full of sweets

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  12. We are planning to do a lot of these things!xx

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  13. All great ideas. We might do some Christmas cooking.

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  14. Fab ideas, making me feel all Christmassy - in October lol We take the kids to panto every year, our eldest is now 13 so I'm half expecting a 'kevin and perry' scene but she's got no choice hehehe x

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  15. This looks fab! i love going to the panto even now! xx

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  16. Really helpful idea's. Kids love christmas so much!!

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  17. Great idea's for the kids. They love christmas!!

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  18. I have been meaning to make a full set of Christmas cards with my little one for the last 3 years and never got round to it... maybe this year!

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  19. We love going ice skating, the christmas markets and santas grotto at Gullivers world!

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  20. We celebrate St. Nick's Night as a beginning of the Christmas season. From then on, each day we do a family Christmas related activity until the big day arrives!

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  21. Christmas dinner as usually 4 generations

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  22. Lovely ideas :) My little one will have just turned 2 this Christmas so will hopefully be able to do more things with him.

    Hele

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  23. anything the kids wanna do its for them really!

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  24. I'm looking forward to my son enjoying opening his presents

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  25. we love making homemade christmas decorations cant wait x

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  26. I like jigsaw puzzles!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I love reading them all and will try my best to answer all of your questions. If you would like to contact me for a quicker response please feel free to tweet me at (@ohsoamelia_blog) or email me. Kerry