Christmas Family Fun
By Amy Hunt
Christmas is about spending quality time with family. Here are great ideas for involving the kids and making the most of the holiday.
No snow? Make leaf or sand angels instead.
Fill a jar with 25 chocolate kisses. Beginning December 1, give one kiss a day until the jar is empty.
Create one-of-a-kind gift-wrap with brown paper, rubber stamps, markers, stickers, and glitter.
Give gifts of time--an hour of babysitting; a load of clean laundry--with "friendly freebie" coupons.
Set up a jigsaw puzzle in a quiet corner where kids can escape the holiday hoopla.
Let kids decorate their rooms with tinsel, paper chains and window gel stickers.
Pick one must-do project, and tackle it together. Go ice-skating afterward.
Plan a movie night. Try Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Miracle on 34th Street and A Christmas Story.
Start a new family tradition: Open stockings in bed, take a holiday hike, perform a concert or play.
Remind kids it's not all about them. Check with your local Red Cross, soup kitchen or homeless shelter for volunteer opportunities.
Remember, kids need routine--so try to stick to a normal schedule as much as you can.
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