As much as we don’t like to admit it, sometimes…
Christmas may be over, but the festive season is still very much underway. Christmas decorations are displayed in full force, many people are still enjoying a holiday from school or work, and Christmas activities are hot on the agenda as people gear up for the New Year. Here are our favourite Christmas activities to enjoy with your whole family at this very special time of year.
1. Candy Cane Hunt
A Candy Cane Hunt can be a lot of fun for your little ones because, while they’ll love playing the game, what they’ll really be enjoying is spending time with you! Simply hide a certain number of candy canes in your family room, playroom, or perhaps their bedroom; give each child a bag to put their ‘found’ Candy Canes in, and see who can find the most. Then change around and let the children hide the candy canes for you to find – or perhaps Mum and Dad, and/or other adults. Children are much smarter than we are at finding hiding places so be prepared to lose! This is a great indoor holiday game for when it’s too hot or too wet to play outside.
2. Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt
From The Dating Divas
Originally designed as a game for couples, this could easily be adapted to suit families with children. In this fun-filled group date, once everyone has their Checklist, Directions, and Rules Card (all downloadable) and couples or groups set of from a certain checkpoint to locate outdoor Christmas decorations as per their checklist. As the items are found they’re crossed off the list and, once the list is complete, the couples or groups then race each other to a pre-determined finish line. A little competition and a whole lot of beautiful Christmas decorations will make for a magical holiday tradition! This will be a lovely evening of fun and laughter, and certainly a nice change from boring evenings spent at home. If you want to bring some joy and laughter back into your life, why not arrange a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt with your friends. You can even make your final destination-point an evening supper or dinner and drinks at your favourite restaurant or hotel.
3. Christmas Charades
This is a traditional game of fun and lots of laughter for families and friends to play together. And the beauty of this game is that, if you’re not sure how to play, all the instructions are very clearly laid out for you. All you’ll need is a printed set of Christmas Charades cards which have been provided for you, and a really good imagination. The only thing we can guarantee is that you will have a LOT of fun! The Christmas Charades game is a fabulous game for old and young alike, and a wonderful activity for the holidays. It’s time to bring family games back into our lives: let’s move away from the television set, and start creating wonderful memories by spending quality time with our children.
4. Salt Dough Ornaments
Salt dough ornaments are fun to make, and the results can be really beautiful. All you need to make the dough is flour, salt and water, and you now have a dough ready to be worked into whatever shapes you choose. This is something the whole family can get involved with, and decorations for these little ornaments are limited only by your imagination. All the instructions are ready to download, so just follow the directions and use your imagination when it comes to decorating. This is a great activity for families to share on days when going outdoors is out of the question.
5. Christmas Trivia
Who doesn’t love a quiz? This Christmas Trivia Quiz is one for both children and grown-ups; in fact, with this quiz it’s probably the children that will come up trumps! And again, everything is done for you so you just need to print out the questions (answers are also included), and away you go. And of course, you can always add your own quiz questions, or even design your own Christmas Trivia Quiz for your family and friends to enjoy.
6. Christmas Charades
This fun, printable Christmas game is another one for both children and adults, because everyone loves this guessing game. Do you remember the Who Am I game you played as a child, perhaps at a children’s birthday party, when a character’s name was written on a piece of paper and stuck on your back or on a headband? You then had to guess who you are by asking questions of the other players. This game provides a lot of fun and laughter at parties and gatherings and, best of all, everything you need is already provided. It’s the perfect party game!
7. Christmas Carol Trivia
What better time than the holidays to play fun games with your children, family and friends. So the question is: How well do you know your Christmas carols? This enjoyable Christmas carol game will certainly test your singing talents and your memory! Everything’s already provided for you – simply print out the question and answer sheets and you’re ready to play.
8. Metallic Thankyou Cards
Unless kids are prompted or pushed, they really don’t want to write thankyou notes. Sadly, written thankyou notes are a dying tradition and today people simply use their mobile phone or send an email to say thank you. So, let’s bring the tradition back, because who doesn’t enjoy receiving hand written thankyou notes? This is a great activity for parents to do with their children and, let’s face it, it’s a great excuse to use our Sharpies! Now that Christmas is over, why not teach your children the importance of acknowledging gifts, and show them how much fun it can be to say ‘thankyou.’
9. Christmas Bingo
These Christmas bingo cards are simply beautiful. The pictures are joyful and certainly keep the spirit of Christmas alive. This is the perfect game to be played as a family just before the littlest ones go to bed, or for any other time when you’re looking for a low-key indoor game for children and adults to play. The winner is the first person to cover four in a row, and this will be determined by the order in which the cards are revealed.
There’s something magical about this time of year. Even though Christmas Day has been and gone, many people are still feeling the spirit of the season. When you’re experiencing one of those uplifting moments when your whole family is enjoying a Christmas activity together, snap a few photos and transform them into a heartwarming canvas print.