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.
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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