Christmas is a season of togetherness, a time when we hold our loved ones even closer. I love having my kiddos home from school, I’m soaking in these years where they are still little, and the magic of Christmas is ever-present.
I try to be intentional before the busyness of this season takes over, and I like to plan ahead for the special Christmas activities and Christmas with kids traditions to start that we can do as a family.
Whether it be crafts and DIYs that we want to make, special family outings, the holiday movies that we are sure to never miss each season, making a list is so helpful!
This is the ultimate memory maker and one of my favorite Christmas with kids activities. Such sweet moments in the kitchen together! Of course, the age of your kiddos makes a big difference in what type of recipes you may want to take on. Older kiddos can not only help you bake, but can even choose a recipe that they’d like to contribute! Younger kids can help to mix or stir, or add in pre measured ingredients. It’s the quality time that matters most!
Make this part of your Christmas festivities each year, and your tree will soon be decorated with the most special memories! Whether you go with salt dough ornaments, preserved gingerbread, or purchase glass ornaments and paint them together. Be sure to add a date somewhere on these, for when you hang them for years to come!
We have SO many favorite Christmas movies, that it’s hard to fit them all in! We try to watch something together at least once a week, or several once the kids are on vacation from school! What are some of your favorites!? It could be cute to print them out or write them down on a checklist! Make some festive snacks and cozy on up together!
This will be extra fun this year since we are in a new neighborhood! Grab some to go mugs with lids, fill them wit hot cocoa, everyone wear their favorite Christmas PJs, put on the most festive holiday music and drive around your neighborhood or town in the evening once it’s dark out. I love appreciating all of the decorations, as this season seems to fly by, and they are gone too soon!
The Nutcracker Ballet, a local performance of The Night Before Christmas, a play or musical performance for younger kiddos — whatever it may be, check your local theaters to see what is planned for the upcoming season! You could take the whole family along, or make this a special one-on-one outing with each of your kids, have a fun lunch or dinner, see a show together, and soak up the magic of Christmas through their eyes!
It’s truly the thought that counts, and some of my sweetest most treasured gifts are handmade by my children! I also think it’s fun for them to head to a store with you, or to browse online, for gifts for the special people in their lives! Let them help to pick these gifts out, and depending on age, even encourage them to wrap and label their gifts. This is such a great way to encourage independence and the spirit of giving!
Grab some watercolor paper and paints, and encourage your little artists to make a wintery scene. You can even add glitter or faux snow to them once they dry. You could also make Christmas with kids quotes or christmas with kids quote parents, into word art! Frame them! Christmas with kids photography is special, too! These pieces of art would be fun to hang in their bedroom or play room year after year, the perfect Christmas with kids aesthetic!
Wishing you a beautiful season and lots of special memories made!