The holiday season has always represented a time to connect with family and friends, celebrate annual traditions, and reflect on the year that has been. While we've had an unusual year that has changed how we interact with loved ones, you can still enjoy all the season has to offer – even if you're staying home all day. Our real estate agents have gathered some of the best Christmas activities that will keep your kids entertained and help you create lasting memories.
- Design a Winter Wreath
As you set your table with festive decorations, deck out your tree with beautiful ornaments, and place a garland on your holiday mantel, don't forget your front door. A festive wreath can elevate your entrance and it's very easy to make. Take the kids outside for a quick winter walk to collect pine cones, evergreen branches, or leaves. You can also rely on store-bought items to make your stylish seasonal wreath.
- Bake and Decorate Cookies
Gingerbread men, spritz cookies, peanut-butter cookies – there are just too many tasty holiday cookie options to choose from. Kids can help add ingredients, stir the bowl, cut into beautiful shapes, and decorate the cookies. Embrace this messy but sweet activity by setting out fun cookie cutters, frosting, and plenty of decorative candies.
- Hold a Socially Distanced Cookie Swap
With the delicious batches of cookies you've whipped up, consider hosting a cookie swap with your neighbors. This means you will enjoy different types of cookies without making them all yourself. Simply swap cookies in a safe manner, such as leaving the container on the front porch.
- Donate to a Toy Drive
Adding a charitable element to your holiday activities is a great way to show your family's giving spirit. Donate toys to a church, community center, or local non-profit organization, like Toys for Tots. This will give your kids a good lesson in selflessness and allow less fortunate kids to also have a Merry Christmas.
- Check Out Local Light Displays
There's bound to be a nearby spot that's gone above and beyond with light displays. Get in the car, put on some Christmas songs, and take a simple stroll around your block to admire your neighbors' handiwork. For a truly unique experience, see if you can find a place with over-the-top Christmas lights displays.
- Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
If you're an artificial Christmas tree person, try the real thing this year. You can't beat the smell of a fresh-cut tree and heading out to a Christmas farm near you to cut your own tree really makes a special experience. Bring a thermos of cocoa, crank up the holiday tunes, and enjoy the wonderful family trip.
- Make DIY Ornaments
Decorating a Christmas tree is probably included in your to-do list. While there are plenty of store-bought ornaments to choose from, why not start a holiday tradition of making one special DIY ornament each year. Label your ornaments with the date so that you can keep track of when each was made. This will be a fun afternoon activity that will help document your child's growth and creativity over the years.
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