The holiday season is here! With the magic of the holiday season and the winter weather at our doorstep, there are plenty of things that you’ll want to do with your children this month! Take this time of year to spend a little extra quality time with your family. Here are some fun things to do in December.
There is nothing more exciting than receiving a holiday card. Your family and friends will cherish the cards you make with your children. Plus, this gives you valuable one-on-one time with your children. You can buy a box to send your own personalized note or even make your own. Paint cards, use stamps or even use a computer to design your own holiday cards. When you have enough, encourage your children to write their own note in them. This personalized note is a great way for them to show friends and family how much they appreciate them. Plus, this is great practice for their writing skills. Preschoolers can practice basic letters, while older children can learn letter writing basics.
Taking photos together doesn’t have to be a stressful process. In fact, it can be a month long project. Dress your family in matching red and green sweaters and capture the moment with a family holiday portrait. This picture will look great on your holiday cards. You can also get creative and keep your camera at the ready all month long. Capture candid moments, like building snowmen, sledding, or simply drinking hot cocoa. You can even give your child a disposable camera and have them take their own pictures too. Once the month is over, take their pictures to be developed and build a scrapbook together with your images.
Visit Santa Claus
The best time to see Santa? Early in the month. Then you will avoid all the crowds and your kids will have more precious time with the guy in the red suit. However, a visit to Santa can be scary for some young children. Prepare them for what to expect during their visit to Santa. Always make sure that you talk about Santa in a positive way. Have them write their list before the visit, both to increase excitement and to give them something to focus on when they visit Santa.
There are so many great recipes during the holidays. Bring out the cookbook and let your children be your little helpers. For sugar cookies, frost them with any buttercream frosting tinted with food coloring, and decorate using edible glitter, nonpareils, and sprinkles. You can also use chocolate, peanut butter, or caramel frosting. Cookies are very versatile, so let your child’s imagination go while when decorating them. Another fun activity? Gingerbread houses. You can make them from scratch or buy a kit from the store. Either way, you’ll have hours of entertainment and quality time together.
‘Tis the season of giving. With your schedule jam packed, remember to give back. December is the perfect opportunity to donate some of your family’s time. Whether you want to drop off a toy to a qualified charity or participate in a fundraising walk or run, there ware many ways to help others during the holidays. It is important to teach your children that the holidays are more about giving to others than receiving presents.
In “Christmas Magic”, I present fun magic tricks wrapped up in holiday cheer, and tied with a comedy ribbon! My light, bright, colorful program is especially geared towards children and family events. Kids have great fun watching and participating in the show, but I also put in a lot of humor and special touches just for the grown-ups watching. As always, there is a lot of comedy and a lot of audience participation. Please note that there is no religious content in this show. The emphasis is on the spirit of giving, the importance of family, and fun magic involving Santa Claus, the Grinch, and other popular characters.
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