It’s nearing the end of the year, and Christmas time is approaching. The anticipation of the 25th of December leaves us all with an underlying excitement that cannot be bought, wrapped or sold.
But even though Christmas time is full of joy, good food, presents, celebration and quality family time, it can be tricky to entertain everyone at home. The kids get bored and antsy quickly, and if your entire family is visiting then there are plenty of people to entertain. This can get stressful!
What better way to distract everyone, yourself included, from the potential chaos of Christmas than having a go-to list of fun at-home activities? Plus, this is a great way to “put everyone to work”, without any of them actually knowing they are helping you out.
It’s a double whammy. Entertain the masses and complete Christmas tasks that you don’t have the time for.
Without further ado, here are our top festive at-home activities to make Christmas more fun. Enjoy!
Bake Unusual Christmas Gingerbread Men or Women
Baking is always a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy. It entertains everyone equally, and the end result is delicious!
Get the kids to help you bake some delicious gingerbread men or women, but instead of doing the normal shapes, help them do something unusual. The gingerbread people could be kicking a ball or doing a handstand, something out of the ordinary for normal biscuit folk! You can also decorate them to look like members of the family for some extra fun.
Have a Festive Photo Shoot
Do you need a festive-themed photo for your annual Christmas card or some fun themed snaps for social media? Round up your family and have a Christmas photoshoot.
Dress everyone up in ugly Christmas sweaters, matching pyjamas, Santa hats or reindeer antlers and go wild. You can take photos indoors with the tree and decorations as your backdrop, or you can go outside and snap away. If it’s snowing, build a snowman or find the perfect Winter Wonderland scene to add that real Yuletide atmosphere.
Write Letters to Santa
If your kids still believe in Father Christmas, this is something you can do as a family. There’s nothing more fun for the kids when the parents join in too.
Allow yourselves to get creative with the process. Everyone could write individual letters, then you could all write one as a family. Another idea is to write letters with a bit more depth than just what gifts you’d like to receive.
As a family, write a letter asking for things you want that aren’t material, such as asking for a family member to get well soon or for everyone to be happy at this time of year. This can help to teach children that Christmas isn’t just about asking for and receiving gifts, it can be used as a time to focus on other aspects of life too.
Create a Christmas Playlist
There are so many festive-themed songs that everyone loves, and it’s never too early to start singing them. Get everyone in the mood by creating a Christmas playlist. Ask your family and friends to pick at least two of their favourite songs and add them to the list.
It doesn’t matter if they’re carols or pop songs, they all add to the ambience. Once you have your playlist you can even ask everyone to sing along and see who gives the best performance. If you have a musically inclined member of the family, get them to play a few tunes too.
Make a Christmas Village Scene
Clean up AND get creative all at once! Make it a fun and exciting activity for the kids to go around the house to find all kinds of bits and bobs to be reused and upcycled to make a beautiful little Christmas village scene.
Some examples of what to look for include old Christmas cards, sticky tape, glue, cardboard boxes, old magazines, paint, scissors, and old Christmas decorations.
Make Your Own Christmas Decorations
On the topic of decorations, making your own is loads of fun.
Decorating a Christmas tree is a wonderful festive activity. Being able to do it with decorations of your own creation is even more fulfilling. You might need to buy a few things to make this plan work, but most of what you need can probably be found around the house. This is the perfect time to go eco-friendly and reuse anything colourful!
Paper chains are always a hit as they are easy to make, and you can use anything from magazine pages to paper your kids have drawn on to create festive loops that adorn the tree or criss-cross the room.
Read Christmas Stories Aloud
This one is for the bookworms! There are so many wonderful, heartwarming tales about Christmas that we often forget about. Take it in turns to read a poem or a few pages from a story, or ask your kids to put o a play based on a book.
The Night Before Christmas is a great starting point, but you can pick and choose from any number of age-appropriate tales too.
Cleaning Out & Donating to Charity
This is a brilliant multi-tasking idea! Give each member of the household a big box and tell them to fill it with what they no longer use, like, or need. Then consolidate all the items, and make sure the kids haven’t thrown out anything too important – like school uniforms – and donate to charity.
The best thing to do is to find shelters in need of clothing over the coldest time of year and toy drives for kids who don’t receive Christmas presents. Get everyone to wrap whatever you’ll be donating and add little handwritten notes for that special, personalised touch.
Make Your Own Wreath
If your wreath is looking a little tired or you need a new one for a few more doors, get crafty! You can create stunning Christmas garlands from greenery collected from your garden, or you can opt for faux pine instead. If you’re feeling extra creative, why not try a rather unconventional wreath, such as one made from popcorn and cranberries or dried fruit?
Thank-you Packs for Delivery Drivers
Put together little gratitude packs for the people working through the holidays, such as delivery drivers. You can get super creative with this, it’s totally your choice and down to your budget of course.
Some nice ideas are homemade cookies or mince pies, a small bottle of hand sanitiser, a Christmas card, and possibly a gift card for the nearest coffee shop or cafe for a cup of hot chocolate.
Christmas-Themed Scavenger Hunt
Set up an epic scavenger hunt for the whole family using clues and some stealthy hiding spots. Plot the hunt out in your mind’s eye first and then spend some time writing out the clues. You can get really creative with this.
For example: go to the place that turns water into a solid (the freezer!). Another idea is giving everyone tasks to do. They have to wash the dishes or unpack the dishwasher before you will give them the next clue. You can use this experience to teach, put the kid’s brains to the test, and keep them busy for a good 30 – 40 minutes. If you want to, you can also have a small gift waiting for them at the end of the hunt. It is Christmas after all!
Make S’mores on the Fire
Ah, s’mores, the delicious sugary treat that cooks over a fire.
S’mores usually come out on the family camping trip, but why not make them a Christmas activity too?
To add a Christmas edge to the normal s’more recipe, add a sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon on top of the marshmallows before roasting it over the fire. S’mores are simply graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows layered on top of each other to make a very yummy treat. They’re full of sugar, so we recommend not doing this activity before bedtime for fear of a sugar high of note!
If you don’t have a fireplace you can use at home, no problem! S’mores can also be made in the oven resting on some baking paper so they don’t melt everywhere.
Staying at home over Christmas can be loads of fun, you just need to be a little creative to keep everyone amused. use these ideas as inspiration and enjoy a crafty Christmas like never before.
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- Bake Unusual Christmas Gingerbread Men or Women
- Have a Festive Photo Shoot
- Write Letters to Santa
- Create a Christmas Playlist
- Make a Christmas Village Scene
- Make Your Own Christmas Decorations
- Read Christmas Stories Aloud
- Cleaning Out & Donating to Charity
- Make Your Own Wreath
- Thank-you Packs for Delivery Drivers
- Christmas-Themed Scavenger Hunt
- Make S’mores on the Fire