With Christmas Eve quickly approaching you may be trying to find some traditions to begin! Take a look at this list of 10 family fun Christmas Eve activities from Ruth…
10 Family Fun Activities For Your Christmas Eve
December is in full swing and there are so many events that you can attend during the month to show your holiday spirit. There are visits with Santa, cookie decorating events, holiday parties, and photo sessions. By the time you reach Christmas Eve you may be looking for some fun things to do at home. I always like to relax at home and do some fun family things without the crowds of people and have a chance to chill before family comes rolling in the next morning. I decided to compile a countdown of fun holiday things you can do from home.
#10 Give the Gift of Holiday PJ’s
A fun tradition is to give your kids a gift early in the evening and have a pajama party. Last year I found some pajama sets at target that had Christmas coloring pictures on them. It was complete with fabric markers. They loved designing their own PJ’s. If you are into Elf on the Shelf, then they could even leave the gift for your kids as they say good bye.
#9 Have Take-Out for Dinner
Chances are that you have done or will be doing a lot of cooking for the holiday. Take the night off and enjoy someone else’s cooking.
#8 Sing Some Silly Carols
There are plenty of traditional Christmas songs circulating the radio and playing in every store. If you would like a good laugh, then sing some silly, non-traditional holiday tunes.
#7 Make Homemade Gifts
Put everyone’s name in a hat and then draw one name each. Send everyone to different parts of the house to make gifts for the person they drew. They can be simple crafts that you make for that person. Make sure to keep each gift a surprise, NO peeking! Be sure to wrap them and put them under the tree for Christmas morning.
#6 Play Some Unique Holiday Games
If you want a break from the traditional board game then you can try something new. You can play the candy cane pick-up game: hold a candy cane in your mouth and race against someone to see who can pick up the most without using their hands. You could play marshmallow toss: Hang up a couple wreaths dangling in the doorway with a bucket on the other side. Toss giant campfire marshmallows through the wreath and see who can get the most in the bucket. For other ideas, head to Pinterest!
#5 Watch a Humbling Holiday Movie
I really enjoy watching Mr. Magoo’s a Christmas Carol By Abe Levitow. It is based on the story by Charles Dicken’s but it is an animated family favorite that is great for the whole family to enjoy. It still covers the great moral concept of the original story but is less scary for those little ones. The music is also very catchy.
#4 Bake Cookies & Make Reindeer Chow
Making cookies with kids is a fun project. I really like these 12 fun recipes for homemade cookies.
Reindeer Chow – You could just set out carrots for the reindeer but I bet by the time they reach your house, they will want a treat. Here is a fun recipe for reindeer food that is 100% edible and your kids can toss it out in the yard.
#3 Gifts for Santa and the Reindeer
Take those cookies you baked earlier and set some aside for Santa and treats for the reindeer. You could decorate a special plate for Santa to set the treats on and leave your letters too! If your kids aren’t tired of activities yet, then you can also make a present for Santa since he rarely gets one in return!
#2 Christmas Story Time
Each year I like to set out all of my Holiday books and read a story or two that night before bed time. Another fun thing would be to gift a new holiday book each year.
#1 Norad Tracks Santa
The Norad Santa tracker is a weather service that is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force. Each year they put up videos and give regular reports of Santa traveling around the world all evening long on Christmas Eve. They reach the United States between 10pm-midnight to help your child know when to head off to bed.
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