The holidays are upon us, and it’s a truly magical season for children of all ages! If you’ve got little ones around, chances are they look forward with rapturous glee to the traditions of the holiday season. Here are some fun activities you can do with your kids to get them in the holiday spirit:
White Elephant Gift Exchange
A fun holiday tradition is a white elephant gift exchange, where everyone contributes a small present and the fun begins! Everyone picks a number, the order in which they will choose a gift. The person with the next number can choose a new gift, or steal an unwrapped gift! It’s a ton of fun, and designed to entertain rather than gain! These little Gruffalo soft toys are a great white elephant gift idea. Scottish Friendly recently held a competition to win these super-cute toys but there are lots of other opportunities on other sites!
There’s hardly anything more cozy than getting the family together in the living room with a fire blazing, mugs of hot cocoa and blanket all around, to listen to fun holiday-themed stories. Pick out your holiday classics and your kids will be begging to hear these tales as soon as the weather starts turning frosty! It’s a great way to get your kids excited about reading, and as soon as they’re ready, they can pick up the tradition by reading out loud for the family.
Giving Back Together
While the holidays are known for feasting and gift-giving, show your children how important it is to give back to the community. Sign your family up for a community service event around the holidays and make it a yearly tradition! You can serve food to the homeless or help wrap presents for kids who otherwise wouldn’t get any this year. Or you can simply go shopping with your kids and tell them they’ll be picking out some gifts to donate to kids less fortunate than them. Cultivate their spirit of giving while they’re young and it will stay with them for their whole life.
We all know that the holidays are a time of great feasting! One of the most fun and bonding activities is cooking together as a family. Pick out some easy, kid-friendly recipes that your kids will love to help you make. As the years go by, they’ll be able to make these recipes themselves. Baking and decorating cookies together is another wonderful holiday tradition to enjoy with your kids.
Make a Gratitude Tree
The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to stop and think about what we’re grateful for, and it’s a great chance to cultivate this habit in your kids. Make a homemade tree however you like, and have your kids write a message of gratitude on paper leaves. They can hang their messages from the branches and decorate other ornaments. If your kids are too young to write, have them draw pictures of what they’re grateful for!