Christmas traditions for families can make the season extra memorable for kids. A lot of these Christmas DIY ideas are really simple.
- Wrap kids Christmas books and read one a day.
- Make a scrapbook. I included last year’s Christmas memories in my scrapbook, including approximately one photo per day and brief comments. My scrapbook is a binder with plastic pocket pages, where I add photos and stories. Or you could get more involved and make a December Daily scrapbook.
- Make Christmas cards. One year I printed out a nativity illustration, glued it on cards and had my then 3-year-old daughter decorate it with star stickers.
- Make a garland. I haven’t settled on what I’d like to make, but I am inspired by these: pinecone, origami stars, paper circles and felted balls.
- Make stove top potpourri, using orange, cinnamon and spice. Or make a dehydrated Christmas potpourri to give to friends and neighbours.
- Make a twig star from branches like the bundle of twigs sold at Ikea.
- Doodle, draw or paint in the printable Advent Art Journal.
- Make paper snowflakes.
- Make elf donuts from Cheerios.
- Make a Christmas music playlist.
- Make a Christmas tree on the wall with washi tape and a circle paper garland on wall.
- Make a family photo or Christmas greeting card book by hole punching the cards and use a binder rings to hold them together.
- Post past Christmas photos on the fridge.
- Adopt a simple gift giving plan:
- Gold, frankincense and myrrh. Gold represents giving something of high value, that the kids really want. Frankincense represents something to encourage the kids’ spiritual growth, like a nativity set they can play with, or a children’s Bible. Myrrh represents something for the body, like a new clothes or pyjamas.
- “Want, need, wear, read“, Kara Fleck’s gift giving philosophy, which is to give something the kids and she has added something to “watch, dress up, listen to, eat and create.”
- Make an evergreen wreath.
- Make a suncatcher with tissue paper and mactac.
- Make snow ice cream.
- Make a gingerbread nativity or like this one.
- Make an outdoor wooden Christmas light star.
- Participate in project like the Samaritan’s Purse shoe box or volunteering.
- Start Christmas-related dinner discussions:
- What could we do for our neighbours/friends/family to show them we love them this Christmas?
- What’s your favourite part of the Christmas story?
- Do you know what “advent” means?
- What do you like most about Christmas?
What Christmas traditions do you like doing with your family?
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