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5 Fun Family Christmas Activities

Christmas is the best time for family to come together and play some reindeer games! Christmas kids’ games make everyone feel festive and full of the Christmas spirit. Here are five ideas for some Christmas family activities that are fun for both the young and young-at-heart members of your family this holiday season.

Make a Christmas Countdown Calendar

If you have kids who love doing crafts and who are already getting antsy waiting for Christmas morning, then a Christmas countdown calendar is the way to go. This is a great kid craft idea for Christmas that is easy and fun to do. You can use festively colored construction paper strips to make a paper chain garland. Hang the garland over your mantle or in a doorway. Every night before bedtime, you and your family can remove one chain from the garland. As the chain becomes shorter, you can physically see how much closer Christmas is!

Build a Gingerbread House

This is fun for kids and adults. You can buy a kit from any store, or you can use graham crackers and slightly melted icing to build your own gingerbread house. Stock up on gumdrops, candy canes, piping bags, sprinkles, and powdered sugar to create the gingerbread house of your dreams. This is a Christmas activity with a dual purpose: you can use it for decoration and then eat it later!

Bake Christmas Cookies

Baking Christmas cookies is fun for the whole family. You can help your kids during the mixing and baking process, but the really fun part is the decorating. Once you’ve got the cookies decorated, you can turn this activity into an adult Christmas game and spread some holiday cheer by delivering your homemade cookies to your neighbors, friends, and family.

Make Homemade Christmas Cards

A great kid craft idea is to make homemade Christmas and New Year cards. You can literally use any material you want or have on hand already. The important thing to remember is that these cards are to spread cheer and festive greetings to people you love. Your friends and neighbors will love receiving handmade cards from your family and children. You can make handprint reindeers, use glitter, felt, pompons, or any other decoration you like. Just don't forget to include a message of well-wishes for the New Year, as well as a Merry Christmas.

Go Caroling Around Town

What better way to spend time as a family than to go caroling around your neighborhood? This is one activity that really brings back the old Christmas traditions for your children. Make sure you dress for the weather and practice a few tried and true Christmas carols before you venture out. You can also do this at nursing homes or hospitals to spread Christmas cheer to those in need.

Last Updated: October 19, 2015