5 Ways to Spend Time With Your Kids at Christmas

320X250 BannersMany people love the Christmas season, but it’s an especially wonderful time for children. Adults may sometimes feel like the holiday comes and goes much too quickly, but for a child, waiting for Santa can seem like an eternity, but they enjoy moment of this special period. So this year, remember what’s it like to be a child, and make some extra time to share the Christmas magic with your child. Here are a few ways to make the season last.

1. Watch Christmas Shows Together – Spend at least one night a week watching Christmas specials together. If you have a DVR, it’s easy to look for all the well-loved favorites, such as Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Little Drummer Boy and others. But you can also search for keywords such as Christmas, elf, reindeer or Santa to find new favorites. Some modern favorites to watch for are Elf, The Santa Clause and Olive the Other Reindeer.

2. Get an Advent Calendar -Let the countdown begin! You can make or buy inexpensive advent calendars to help your child count down each day of Christmas. Drug stores, superstores and market such as Trader Joe’s often have cheap calendars that contain a small piece of chocolate or candy inside.

3. Write a Santa Letter – Having your child write a letter to Santa is not only a fun activity for both of you, but it’s a great way to create a keepsake that you’ll cherish for years to come. Sit your child down with some paper and a pencil, and help him or her create a letter to Santa. If your child is too young to write, have them tell you what they’d like to say and be sure to write it verbatim so you’ll be able to enjoy seeing their actual words years from now. If your child is old enough to write his or her own letter, give some gentle guidance on proper format, spelling and the limitations on what to ask Santa to bring. Then be sure Santa writes back! Check out sites such as Free Letter from Santa Claus.net, Santa Letter Templates.com or Printable Santa Letters.com for free or inexpensive Santa letters to print at home.

4. Enjoy the Christmas Lights – From Thanksgiving to Christmas, many neighborhoods are brightly lit with lawn decorations and lighted displays. These days, you can often find houses that have even synchronized their light display with music you can hear by dialing a specific radio station. Make a plan to walk or drive around your neighborhood at least one night every week to look at the displays. Take a different route every time if your’e on foot or hop in the car and find the best displays in your area.

5. Do Some Craft Projects – Christmas crafts projects for kids can be simple or complex and everything in between and, fortunately, you don’t need to have Martha Stewart’s talent to do some homemade crafts. Simply look online for kids Christmas crafts and you’ll find plenty of fun, simple projects such as clothespin reindeer you can make cheaply and with few materials.