The fall is in full swing and that only means one thing – the holidays are fast approaching. Despite the hustle and bustle of the season, what makes it great is being able to spend valuable time with those you love. There’s something about great food, gifts, holiday cheer, and the togetherness of family and friends that makes everything come together. Yet, no holiday is complete without fun activities. Finding meaningful ways to spend time with one another gives you traditions and moments you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
Not sure how to keep the gang entertained this holiday season? These fun family activities for the holidays are sure to give you some ideas:
Arts and Crafts
Holiday crafts are a common family activity that’s fun for all ages. Whether you trace your hands and make turkey placemats or go on a nature walk and gather items to make a holiday wreath, the experience is one you won’t forget. There are a lot of crafts you can spend time creating with loved ones, so choose a few and let your imaginations run wild.
Learning about your ancestors is always a great family activity. With everyone gathered together you can learn a lot about where you came from and those that came before you. Make a group project out of it. You can search newspaper archives to learn stories or facts about family members, talk to elders about their upbringing, and conduct some online research to learn more about your roots. Once you’ve gathered all the information, you can create a family tree filled with details about your loved ones and your entire lineage.
Movies are always a fun family activity. The holidays are the perfect occasion for it too. There are tons of holiday movies to choose from that will interest members of any age. Set up an area where you and the family can get really comfortable. Throw some pillows on the floor and perhaps a blanket or two. Make some of your favorite snacks and find a few options for everyone to vote on.
Play Video Games
Today’s video games have become so interactive and inclusive that lots of families participate in this activity around the holidays. You can choose age-appropriate games and incite a bit of friendly competition. Race cars, play sports, go on military missions, save the damsel in distress, or get up and dance while laughing the night away.
Decorate the Tree
If you celebrate Christmas decorating the tree is a fun family activity you can complete together. Turn on the holiday tunes, make some hot chocolate and snacks, and pull out the old box of Christmas ornaments and decorations. Allow everyone to decorate the tree in a way that makes them smile. Then, turn off the lights, plug in the tree, and view your masterpiece as you enjoy your warm cocoa and snacks.
Food is almost always at the center of any holiday family gathering. If you’d like to do something fun with everyone, why not prepare a meal together? There are lots of family-friendly recipes you could try that are just as easy as they are fun. Make sure you have plenty of space cleared in the kitchen to accommodate everyone and prepare a meal for everyone to enjoy.
Do Something Nice for Others
The holiday season is more than just about the gifts you get and the meals you share with loved ones. It’s also a great time of year to do something nice for others. You can go volunteer at a homeless shelter, go Christmas caroling in your neighborhood, give out scarves and gloves to the less fortunate, and more.
Life often takes you away from the things that matter most like your friends and family. The holiday season provides most people with an opportunity to slow down and focus their attention on reconnecting with those they love. If you’re looking for some fun activities to enjoy with the family this year, these ideas are all worth giving a try. Who knows, you may end up creating traditions that last a lifetime.