Holiday Family Fun—The Basics

By Barbara Danza, Epoch Times
December 1, 2017 Last Updated: December 1, 2017

This time of year offers so many opportunities for old-fashioned family fun. The key to enjoying the season without getting overwhelmed by it all is to keep it simple.

Here’s a list of the very basics of holiday family fun.

Deck the Halls

Make decorating your home a family affair. Enjoy the trip down memory lane together as you unbox ornaments and listen to your favorite Christmas playlist.

Bake Holiday Treats

Baking is a fun and creative activity to share with your family. Dust off your family’s favorite recipes and soon your home will smell like holiday magic.

Pictures With Santa

With so many activities around town, it’s hard not to bump into the Big Guy this time of year. Be ready to snap those yearly photos when the opportunity arises.

Holiday Movie Classics

When snuggling in for the night sounds like the most fun you’ve ever had, pop the popcorn, prepare the hot cocoa, curl up in your Christmas pajamas and enjoy a holiday classic like “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Polar Express,” “White Christmas,” or “A Christmas Carol.”

Gather With Loved Ones

Holidays mean the most when they’re shared with those we love. Connect with family and friends as much as possible over the holiday season, sharing, perhaps, the tasty treats you baked.

See the Sights

Whether you live in a small town or a big city, there are bound to be fun events like a tree lighting, perhaps a pancake breakfast with Santa, or even a holiday show. Bring your family into town and enjoy what your local area has to offer.

Christmas Caroling

Gather your friends, pour the hot cocoa into to-go mugs, and spread cheer throughout the neighborhood with an evening of Christmas caroling.

Tour the Lights

Pile into the car for a drive around town to take in the Christmas lights. Play Christmas music and enjoy a simple nighttime drive.

Write Letters To Santa

Pull out the craft supplies and have you children write their annual letters to Santa. Be sure to make a copy or click a picture before sending them off.

Read Your Favorite Christmas Stories

Even older kids can be persuaded to snuggle up for a holiday bedtime story. Dive into Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” if your kids are ready. Scatter all of your favorites throughout the season and don’t forget “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas” on Christmas Eve.

Give

Wrap up gifts for a toy drive. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Donate to a food pantry. Give coats to a homeless shelter. Let the spirit of the season encourage your family’s sense of compassion and generosity.