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Christmas 2020 - Family-Friendly Activities

Updated: Dec 1, 2020

Christmas 2020 isn't quite what we may have hoped for, at the start of the year, but that doesn't mean we can't make it memorable. We've gathered several ideas for family-friendly holiday activities to continue spending quality time together.

• Make Fake Snow. Let's face it, this is Texas. You never know - but snow probably isn't in the cards. Many of our little ones have never even SEEN snow. So whip together a few simple ingredients and prepare to impress! https://thepurposefulnest.com/how-make-fake-snow/

• Elf Your Neighbors. There’s no better time than the stressful holiday season to surprise a friend, family member, or neighbor with an anonymous goodie bag! https://leapoffaithcrafting.com/youve-been-elfed/

• Make cookies and deliver to your neighbor’s mailboxes or doorsteps!

• Custom Christmas Cards. We are all Christmas Card Making Machines after our holiday card collection drive—have the kids continue their crafting, and send homemade cards to family members! They will love receiving handmade crafts!

• Gingerbread House Scavenger Hunt. Find hiding spots around the house for packages of gumdrops, licorice, sprinkles, and icing. Create clues to send your kids around the house to find the ingredients they’ll need to create the holiday gingerbread house.

• Christmas Book "Presents". Wrap up your Christmas books and let the kids unwrap one each night to read.

• Christmas Movie Nights. Set aside special evenings to watch your favorite holiday moving while wearing matching family pajamas. Try making flavored popcorn, homemade pizza, or build special pallets on the floor to lie on. Anything to make it different than a normal afternoon!

•  Instagram Crafts. Check out Instagram for some great kid-friendly crafts. Our favorites are @ThePreKDay, @ missmaddy.teach, and @montessorifromtheheart.

•  Decorate Felt Trees. Make a felt Christmas tree with your littlest one and decorate! And redecorate, and redecorate again! Hopefully this will keep little hands off of the real tree! https://www.twotwentyone.net/felt-christmas-tree-free-patterns/

• Stay Up Late! Bundle up, let bedtime be a little later, and go for a family walk around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. Bonus points for making award certificates and leaving them, or small gifts, for your favorite decorations!

• Strategic Shopping. Buy your husband gifts that benefit you (#bestideaever #guilty): my husband is obsessed with the Ninja Foodi airfryer and grill combo…. He also loves the robot vacuum…. And this year, I’m gifting him unlimited car washes to his favorite place. He’s happy, and I have less work on my plate!

• Celebrate the Spirit of Giving. Have your kids choose a special gift for Christmas is for Children. It's a wonderful opportunity to discuss with them how fortunate our families are, and the importance of helping others in our community. Learn more about our Toy Drive here: gcsmomsleague.org/volunteer. Click here to purchase a gift for Christmas is for Children.

• Treat yo-self. Whether you are up for in-person events or virtual events, we’ve got a holiday party for you! Our in-person adult Christmas party is Thursday, December 10th, and our zoom holiday social hour is Wednesday, December 16th. RSVP to either or both at www.gcsmomsleague.org/member-events.

What are your favorite holiday traditions? Please share them below!

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