Christmas – a time for giving and chaos! With so much to wrap, prepare and decorate, Christmas is generally an incredibly hectic time, as we rush around trying to make it a very merry Christmas. Then factor our excitable little ones into this, coupled with school holidays, Christmas events, and it can all get a bit overwhelming. A calm Christmas is probably on most parents’ Christmas list, so from Christmas baking to Christmas crafts, here are our top tips and ideas so you and your children can enjoy the holiday season and have a stress free and happy Christmas.
Christmas Baking for Children
Baking Christmas treats with your children is a great way to keep them entertained and get the whole family feeling festive! Put on your favourite Christmas songs, (or just Frozen on repeat,) and get creative in the kitchen with some tasty Christmas treats. Snowman cupcakes are cute but delicious, and with marshmallow heads and chocolate button eyes, your children can enjoy decorating their snowman.
Or another fun favourite – the classic gingerbread men. With up to an hour worth of cooking time, these treats are quick and easy and can also make great gift ideas for family and friends. Or if you are feeling a bit ambitious, why not try baking a gingerbread house, for a full day of festive fun and creativity that you can enjoy with your children.
Children Christmas Movies
Is there anything nicer than cuddling up on the sofa with warm blankets and watching Christmas films by the tree? Especially on cold winter days, putting on festive films will always keep the children entertained. Try festive favourites like Arthur Christmas, The Polar Express, or Dr Seuss’ the Grinch to really get the children feeling festive.
Other Christmas classics like The Snowman or Miracle on 34th Street should be enjoyed with hot chocolate, marshmallows, and cream to keep the children happy. With the little bit of quiet time that you have, why not finish any wrapping or other bits of Christmas prep you haven’t had time for – this way the children are amused, and you have uninterrupted time to crack on with the festivities.
Christmas Crafts for Children
Arts and crafts are an important part of children’s development and creativity, and give them a sense of pride and accomplishment. So, Christmas crafts are a great way to encourage creativity and independence, and it’s something the whole family can get involved in for festive fun. For this, why not create your own Christmas cards to send to family and friends. Or go on a Christmas forage with the children and hunt for pinecones. You can paint and decorate them to make the ultimate pinecone Christmas tree! Or collect twigs and branches that can be painted and stuck together to create stars, and the children can then hang these on the tree! There are so many great Christmas craft ideas out there that will keep your children occupied and happy as your home turns into a festive surprise!
Christmas Books for Children
Excited children means that bedtime is a longer and more challenging process than normal. But reading to your children before bed is a great way to unwind and calm them down. With some fantastic Christmas books out there, your children will become keen listeners, leaving them focused and relaxed. J.K Rowling’s The Christmas Pig is a wonderful bestseller that is packed with festive adventure and imagination at every inch. Or for an old-time classic, try Beatrix Potter’s A Christmas Wish where Peter Rabbit tries to fall asleep in time before Father Christmas arrives. With lots of other heart-warming books out there to choose from, purchasing some for the holiday season will keep your children engaged and make reading time even more special.
Christmas Quiz for Children
Christmas is a time for having fun and playing games – so why not make a fun festive quiz for your children? Creating Christmassy questions from festive films they have watched or books they have read, and other Christmas related questions like the name of Santa’s reindeers or what is Santa’s favourite food, will be a great way to entertain them and keep them stimulated. Fun Christmas prizes like chocolate or candy canes could be handed out after, to reward them for their ability to focus and problem solve.
Christmas Present Ideas
‘Do they already have this?’ – that famous question you ask yourself as you rush around a store or scroll frantically online trying to find presents. Buying Christmas presents for your little ones can be a challenge, as you want to get them something they will like, but more importantly something they will use for more than 5 seconds. There are some wonderful Christmas gift ideas for children out there, for example, bikes like the Kinderkraft Uniq Balance, are great for promoting time spent outdoors and away from screens and tablets. You could also think about buying a crazy fort – one you and your children can build together on those cold rainy days. Arts and crafts sets, puzzles and karaoke machines are also popular choices that children can enjoy. Alternatively, take a look into some fun experience days available for children, for example, Diggerland, Shrek’s Adventure, or even take the Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Tour on a big red bus!
Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year that should be spent celebrating and enjoying those unforgettable moments with friends and family. It can be stressful at points, as we want to make it perfect, especially for our children. However, spending quality time with them and planning festive activities like baking or crafts, will keep them entertained and build those special memories. Whilst it’s true Christmas can be chaotic, by planning and preparing with your little ones, you can really have a calm and magical Christmas.