Fun Christmas activities to do with your children
One of the downsides of living in such a fast-developing world is that we often get caught up in our work and forget to stop and smell the roses. Luckily, Christmas is a time when we can stop worrying about work or school and spend some quality time with our family. It is a perfect occasion to include children in the preparations and make everyone get in the Christmas mood.
Decorating a Christmas tree
For many children, dressing a Christmas tree is one of the highlights of that period. Handling all those beautiful custom Christmas balls, deciding where to hang them, and, finally, admiring the result of your work over the holiday is simply invaluable. You can make it all the more special by getting your child their very first Christmas bauble. Artisan Ornaments is an Australian company that offers high-quality, handmade, personalised ornaments in various colours, styles, and sizes. You can get small, large, or – the most universal – medium Christmas baubles. There are a number of Australian-themed Christmas decorations, as well as sports- and animal-themed ones. Hanging a unique trinket with their name on it will definitely become a special tradition of its own for your child!
DIY Christmas decorations
The fun of decorating can last even longer if you decide to also prepare some ornaments by yourself. You can make a popcorn garland by simply threading some popcorn or a paper chain by linking colourful paper rings. If you are looking for something slightly more challenging, try making some miniature Christmas trees out of pinecones (smaller ones) and wine corks. First, paint the pinecones green. Then, cut a cork in half to make it shorter and use some hot glue to stick a half to the bottom of a cone. Finally, to give it a more Christmassy look, stick a star on the top of your mini-tree – it can be made of wood or coloured cardboard. You can also spray your tree with a bit of fake snow.
Paper gives you practically unlimited possibilities when it comes to handmade Christmas ornaments. You can cut out Christmas trees and decorate them using other materials, such as cotton and glitter, or make snowflakes that can be hung up in a window. If you want to make something for your relatives, hand-crafted Christmas cards are always a splendid choice. Crayons, markers, paint, glitter, felt – use any materials you like to achieve the best possible results. Just like luxury personalised Christmas baubles, handmade Christmas cards show the extra care and thought.
It is also a great idea to include your children in Christmas preparations in the kitchen – let them see how all those delicious meals are made and help. Of course, what is always most fun for them is making gingerbread cookies. First, preparing the dough, then rolling it out and cutting out separate cookies – that is where the fun already begins! The cookies can take any form you like – Christmas trees, stars, angels, Santas, reindeers… even koala bears! In the meantime, you can sing some carols, talk about your Christmas traditions, or even learn about some customs that are followed in other countries.
Once the cookies are baked and have cooled down, it is time to decorate them. Don’t hold back – you can use royal icing, sprinkles, small candy, sprinkling sugar, nuts, melted chocolate, and many, many more. Decorating pens will help you write or add some details on your little masterpieces. Another great thing about gingerbread cookies is that they can also be used to adorn your house. You can arrange them on a fancy plate and put it on a table, where they will tempt anybody with a sweet tooth. But you can also hang them on your Christmas tree together with your other ornaments. Australian-themed, personalised baubles and homemade gingerbread cookies? Sounds like an unforgettable Christmas!