There are so many fun things to do with your kids during holidays but if they’re not feeling it then it’s all for nothing. Taking your kids to the mall and shopping for Christmas presents is great but it only shows them the commercialized side of it. Isn’t it nicer to remember what Christmas spirit truly means and teach your kids all about it? The true spirit of Christmas is around us, you just have to point your kids to the right direction.
Put up Christmas colors
There’s no better way of getting into the Christmas spirit then putting up the tree early. Get your boxes with ornaments and start decorating. Consult your kids about the theme and decide whether you’re going to be all green, red, and gold, or a bit more eclectic. Spread the Christmas lights to complete the look. Also, you can make a Christmas-themed movie night. Choose the movie in accordance with your kids’ age, make a big bowl of popcorn and spend some quality time with your family.
Smell the Christmas
Besides the smell of snow and cold in the air, Christmas is all about sniffing the sugar, spice, and all things nice. In addition, it’s the holiday season so you can allow yourself to enjoy seasonal treats. Make sugar cookies and decorate them with frosting, sprinkles, etc. Even better, include your kids in the process – that way they’ll learn to appreciate the food more and have fun at the same time. You can take this cooking adventure to another level and assemble the gingerbread house together – just make sure they don’t eat the walls or roof in the process.
Make it crafty
This year you can make your own Christmas! There’re so many things you can do with kids of all ages – from Christmas cards to wrapping gifts. If you don’t really have the time for it, you can always enroll your kids in a good early learning centre. Not only will you be sure they spend their time well, but they’ll also learn to socialize, gross and fine motor skills, letters and numbers, manners, and many other important skills. Once they learn the letters, you can help them write a letter to Santa. Do the whole procedure – put it into an envelope, stamp it, and place it in a mailbox – it’s the most amusing Christmas activity for kids.
Listen and read accordingly
Whether it’s Michael Bublé or traditional Christmas carols – music is always a good way to get into the Christmas mood. Play it in the background while baking cookies, decorating the house, or just playing with your kids. Besides the movies, kids can learn about Christmas from books, too. That way you can kill two birds with one stone – get them into Christmas spirit and make them fall in love with reading. “A Christmas Carol”, “Dream Snow”, or “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” – it’s all up to you and, of course, your kids’ preferences.
Teach them about giving
Finally, Christmas should be about helping the unfortunate so make sure you teach your kids a lesson on giving. Include them in the process of exchanging gifts – they don’t need to buy stuff, they can make gifts, wrap them, and give them away. Besides, you can take them to a charity centre and teach them to be thankful for what they have. You can even help out as a family. It doesn’t have to be gift giving – you can take your kids to volunteer at a soup kitchen or at the animal shelter. Helping others will surely get them into the right mood for Christmas.
And remember: whatever you choose to do this Christmas, make sure you allow your children to be a part of the planning process. It will make things more fun and get you closer together – and that’s what Christmas spirit is truly about.