Each year, families across the globe celebrate upcoming holidays. From Diwali, which can begin as early as October, to New Year’s Day on January 1st, and every celebration between, we are entering the holiday season. Therefore all those celebrations will look a little different as we continue to battle the current pandemic. Don’t give up though because there are many simple easy things you can do during the holiday season to make it memorable for your kids.
Families are working on unique ways to enjoy each of these days. If you’re looking for safe ways to celebrate and keep kids active and busy, here are 25 ways to celebrate the holidays. If you are familiar with the advent calendar you will see that we’ve listed something fun for each day. As a result, this list provides something fun for kids to look forward to.
Here’s a List of Ideas to Make the Holiday Season Memorable
1. Make a paper chain garland with each idea written on the inside as a countdown. Have children take turns cutting each link and announcing the day’s activity.
2. Movie night. Pick your favorite holiday movie and watch it as a family.
3. Hot chocolate bar. Serve hot chocolate in a large mug and allow the kids to add the fixings of their choice, such as whipped cream, sprinkles, M&Ms, candy canes, Teddy Grahams, and marshmallows.
4. Have a holiday craft night. Pull out the scissors, construction paper, and glue, then let their imaginations take over.
5. Make a homemade ornament. These are great for grandparents, too. Don’t forget to write the date on it somewhere to remember when it was made.
Hot Chocolate Bar
6. Have a candy cane hunt. Someone hides a dozen or so candy canes throughout the house, and others find them.
7. Start a gift exchange. Secret Santa-style among friends or siblings (deliver gifts to their porch).
8. Facetime a family member and sing carols. Have the older kids play music if they enjoy doing that.
9. Make cards and send them by snail mail to faraway friends.
10. Play holiday Bingo. There are many free printables on Pinterest.
Candy Cane Hunt
11. Have a paint night. Buy small canvases at the dollar store and some acrylic paint. Search for an easy holiday design to paint step by step.
12. Hold a family campout in your living room.
13. Eat a picnic dinner by the tree.
14. Perform random acts of kindness. Drop a surprise off on a neighbor’s front porch. Ask the kids where to start.
15. Bake cookies and do a touchless delivery with the recipe to Scout leaders, coaches, or teachers.
Gingerbread House Contest
16. Have a gingerbread house contest. Kits are available on Amazon and in many grocery pickups.
17. Have a game night. Create custom cards for charades pertaining to the season.
18. Do a photoshoot. Dress up and use props and signs to make it silly.
19. Create homemade treats for those in local nursing homes.
20. Take a night walk with the family after dark to look at the holiday lights.
Holiday Scavenger Hunt
21. Roast s’mores around a fire using red and green tree-shaped marshmallows.
22. Hold a story-time. Read holiday books as a family instead of watching TV.
23. Have a holiday scavenger hunt. Find objects, for example, a certain decoration, colored leaf, pinecone, or heart-shaped rock.
24. Host a “Zoom” holiday party. Drop a cupcake and small party bag at each friend’s house and meet up for a virtual party.
25. Hold a fake snowball fight inside using balled up paper or socks.
This Year is Difficult But Don’t Let That Overshadow The Good Things You Can Do to Make the Holiday Season Memorable
This year has been difficult for everyone. That is to say, we were all hoping for things to be looking up by now. Don’t let the disappointment of what can’t happen this season overshadow all the wonderful things that can be done to make this time of year memorable.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and yours. Stay Safe!
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