5 Fun Holiday Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 | Comments Off on 5 Fun Holiday Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy

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The holiday season is fully upon us and families everywhere are coming together to celebrate and enjoy winter activities. While there some kinds of fun, like ice skating, that are reserved for the above-toddler crowd, there are plenty of activities that families with kids of all ages can do together. Really, this time of year is all about getting together as a family to celebrate our holiday traditions and to make new memories that will last a lifetime. Read on for a list of our top 5 favorite holiday activities the whole family can enjoy and plan to spend this weekend enjoying one or two!

  1. Story Time
    Many local libraries host special holiday and winter-themed story-time events around the holidays that include Hanukkah stories, Christmas books, winter folklore, and more. Getting lost in a historical holiday story is a great way for kids to connect to the spirit of the season and ancestral traditions, and it’s fun for parents, too!
  2. Lights, Lights, Lights!
    Many holiday traditions bring beautiful celebrations of light into the dark winter season. For families that celebrate Hanukkah, lighting the menorah is an activity that the whole family can take part in in quiet and delight, and there are lots of children’s crafts involving candle-making and homemade menorahs on sites like Pinterest. All families with children who don’t have early bedtimes will enjoy light parades, zoo lights, and neighborhood holiday light tour. Pack reusable mugs full of hot cocoa, turn up the holiday music and take a trip around your local community to spot them!
  3. Build a Snowman
    If you live somewhere where snow is abundant, build a snowman! Or woman, dog, cat—anything your kids like. You’ll get a little exercise and kids love to play in the snow. Even if you live in a warmer client, you can hit the beach to make a sandman – complete with seashell eyes and buttons.
  4. Caroling
    Families and groups of friends wandering the streets singing, cups of hot cocoa in hand, is not as common a sight as it once was in centuries past. That said, one of the easiest ways to connect with your heart and uplift others this holiday season is through song. Caroling is a great family activity that brings neighborhoods together, bonds you as a family, and gets everyone outside to enjoy holiday lights!
  5. Gingerbread House & Cookie Decorating
    Gingerbread houses don’t have to be reserved solely for families celebrating Christmas. Building a house from graham crackers and homemade icing and candy or decorating a pre-built house are equally fun ways for your family to bond, have fun, and eat treats! Decorating the house offers a great creative outlet for kids, too, and they might even learn something in attempting to engineer the building of it. If your family is really ambitious, try a whole gingerbread village this year. Decorating sugar cookies for Christmas and Hanukkah is a tradition in many households, as well, and the abundantly available recipes for paint-on sugar cookie frosting allow for maximum kid participation—yum!

Your turn: what favorite activities does your family do together during the winter holidays?

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