- Take a drive around town to see who has the best Christmas lights. Consider letting each child mail their favorite home a note expressing the enjoyment you received from their display.
- Decorate cookies or make a gingerbread house out of graham crackers, icing, and items already on hand.
- Carol to the elderly in your neighborhood, from your church, or those in a local nursing care facility. Small gifts of cookies, lotion, or warm socks are often appreciated.
- Have the children write and act out their own Christmas play.
- Sing Christmas carols together. If your child plays an instrument, be sure to include this talent as part of your special time.
- Download an audio book to listen to on xa long road trip. If you are staying home this year, wrap up a few good books to open and read together as a family.
- Have a campout in the living room floor under the lights of your Christmas tree.
- Volunteer as a family at a local shelter.
- Purchase or make a Christmas ornament for each child. It will make decorating the tree each year more special.
- Deliver cookies or treats to those who will be serving through Christmas Day, such as those at the police station, fire station, and hospitals.
- Make a traditional dish or special entrée together.
- Give a funny gift to a family member, and each year pass it on to another unsuspecting member.
- Call or have a video chat with family members who could not be with you.
- Play a different board game each night.
- Work on a large puzzle together.
Very shortly the burden of homework and the school pace will be set aside for a few weeks. Vacation time provides opportunities that can’t be enjoyed as easily during other times of the year. You no doubt have activities that your family has turned into Christmas traditions. If you are looking for a new family activity, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make wonderful family memories. Grab an idea from the following list and enjoy this special time with your family. Some of these ideas can be adapted into a way to share the Gospel with those around your family who do not understand the true meaning of Christmas.
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