Christmas is the time of year that seems to create more family memories than any other. In many parts of the country, the weather is very cold. This means kids spend a lot of their time off from school during the holidays inside the house. This means lots of opportunities to create family memories that will last a lifetime. Follow this guide to creating some wonderful holiday memories with the kids this Christmas.
Baking Christmas Cookies
Creating Christmas cookies is a holiday tradition in many families. Make some cocoa and let the kids drink mugs of it while they are helping with the process. You can roll out the dough and then let the children cut out the Christmas cookies and place them on a baking sheet. When the cookies come out of the oven, let the kids decorate them. There are all kinds of great Christmas cookie designs to choose from, such as Santa Claus, reindeer, snowmen, elves and Christmas trees. Make sure to reward the kids for helping by letting them eat a few of the cookies when they are done.
Trimming the Tree
Putting up the tree is always one of the most magical parts of the holiday season. Once the tree is up, let the kids help to decorate it. Pick them up to help them place ornaments on the taller parts of the tree. Make sure to be careful with very young children handling the hooks that ornaments hang from. A good idea to add to the excitement is to have the kids do a countdown to the lighting of the tree.
Making a Gingerbread House
This is a great holiday tradition that ends with the creation of something beautiful and delicious. You can gather all the supplies in advance, which will include baking several gingerbread sheets to serve as the walls and roof of the house. Get lots of candy to serve as decorations on the house. Get colorful candies like gumdrops and candy canes to make it as festive as possible. If you have several children, it is a great idea to have them work in teams to construct the houses. It helps to have a second pair of hands to help put the house together.
Write Letters to Santa
Have the kids sit down and write their letters to Santa. This is always a fun activity. It is a lot of fun for kids to write the letters, and it is often even more fun for parents to read them.
Go Visit Santa
Even though the kids write letters to Santa Claus, they can also go to visit him as well. Most malls will have a Santa that kids can visit for free, sitting in his lap and making their requests for their gifts. The malls will provide pictures with Santa for a fee.
No matter what kind of holiday activities you do with the kids, be sure to document them with lots of photos or video. These cute holiday pictures for the kids will capture the memories forever, allowing you to go back and visit them for the rest of your lives.