make your kids christmas magical with these ideas
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Dare I say there is no other time of year that is happier than the Holiday Season?
Christmas always felt magical to me when I was growing up, and now that I have kids of my own, I am always looking for ways to make it magical for them, too. So, I asked in one of my favorite lady Facebook groups what made Christmas magical for them when they were growing up.
Wow, I got some really wonderful ideas!
Here is a list of activities, traditions, and ideas from this group, along with my own experiences growing up, that are sure to give your kids special holiday memories for years to come!
Magical Christmas Activities & Traditions for Kids
This is a really big list, so I grouped the items together by theme. My recommendation is to pick a few that you think your kids will really enjoy and appreciate, and do them every year. You can also pick a new one each year to change things up a bit!
1. Take a ride on the Polar Express.
Beginning in late November, there are usually a bunch of local train stations that sell tickets for a ride on the Polar Express. The Polar Express train ride near me is so much fun – we get golden tickets, actors dance and sing on the train, and hot chocolate is passed out during the ride.
Make it even more memorable by having the whole family go in their pajamas and bring a copy of The Polar Express book along with you!
Click here for a list of the best Polar Express Train rides in the US for 2019. Just a heads up – these rides tend to sell out fast, so get your tickets early!
2. Walk through a Christmas town.
Ask around or google towns in your area that go all out for Christmas. I live in Western NJ and just over the state border in Pennsylvania there is a town called Bethlehem. This city has something called Chriskindlmarkt where they have a Christmas market and other holiday festivities.
Here‘s a list of the 45 best Christmas towns in the US. Check it out to see if any are near you!
3. Visit Santa.
This one kinda goes without saying – but make sure your kids get their annual visit with Santa!
4. Go ice skating.
There are few things more magical than ice skating outside at Christmas time! Bundle up with mittens and scarves, and head to an outside rink or a frozen lake.
5. Go see a christmas play.
Check out your local theater to see what Christmas plays are happening. My parents used to take my brother and me to a showing of A Christmas Carol at the theater in Princeton every year. We would walk around the town, get chocolate from the Lindt store, and go out to dinner after the play.
6. Head to a local amusement park that is decorated for Christmas.
We live near Eastern PA so Sesame Place isn’t a far drive for us. This park decorates for Christmas and has a Christmas parade every year. There are a lot of other amusement parks around the US that do as well such as Silver Dollar City in Missouri, Turtle Back Zoo in NJ, and Hershey Lodge in PA.
7. Go to the beach!
I love heading to the beach in the winter time! It’s so serene and quiet since it’s off season. If you live near a beach, make a day out of it. Bundle up (if it’s cold near you), take a walk on the beach, and then head to a local eatery for some dinner and hot chocolate.
8. Drive around and look at Christmas lights.
Whenever I ask someone what their favorite Christmas traditions are they almost always include driving around to look at Christmas lights. I remember doing this as a kid too and it really did make for some wonderful memories.
Make it even more special by getting your kids in their pajamas and giving them a cozy blanket and a thermos of hot chocolate.
9. Plan a trip to NYC!
New York City is magical at Christmas time! If you can swing it, definitely plan a visit here. There is so much to do! You can see The Rockettes in the Christmas Spectacular, visit Rockefeller Center to see the tree and go ice skating, and look at the Christmas window displays at Macy’s.
You can also go ice skating at Bryant Park and Central Park.
10. Visit the mansions in Newport, RI.
If a trip to Newport, RI is feasible for you, you should definitely check out the mansions at Christmas time. They are beautifully decorated! You and your family can then take a walk along the scenic ocean walk!
SANTA THEMED IDEAS
11. Leave cookies and carrots for Santa and his Reindeer.
Maybe leaving cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve is obvious, but did you ever think of leaving a carrot for Rudolph?
As kids, we would leave carrots out next to the cookies. My Dad would nibble at the carrots after we went to bed so that when we woke up in the morning we thought the reindeer ate them!
12. Make Santa’s footprints.
If you have a wood burning fireplace, on Christmas Eve make a fire. After the kids are in bed, take a pair of work boots and stick them in the soot. Then make footprints from the fireplace to the Christmas tree. Your kids will think it was Santa who left the prints!
13. Help your kids write a letter to Santa.
Let your kids write a letter to Santa (or write it for them as they tell you what to write). Let them put the letter in the mailbox addressed to Santa at the North Pole. Make sure you write a response back to them from Santa. You can use special paper that you don’t normally have in the house along with red or green ink to make it even more believable!
14. Listen to the radio (or an app) that gives Santa’s whereabouts.
There are some radio stations that give an update on Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve. You can google to find out if any local stations are doing this. Another option is to download the NORAD Tracks Santa app or go to their website (it’s absolutely ADORABLE – you gotta check it out).
15. Let your kids talk to Santa on the phone.
I remember being at a Christmas party once in my twenties, and one of the adults went into another room and called a parent’s cell phone pretending to be Santa. They talked to the little kids at the party, and they were SO excited. It was really fun to watch as an adult, too!
You can either do it this way, or download an app called Santa’s Magic Phone that enables your kids to call or text Santa.
16. Videos from Santa via Portable North Pole.
Use this website to send a personalized message to your child from Santa.
17. Candy canes from Santa.
Don’t put candy canes on the tree until Christmas Eve when the kids are sleeping. In the morning you can tell them Santa did it!
18. Have Santa come on Christmas Eve.
This is a really fun idea for family gatherings. If someone in your family is brave enough, have them dress up as Santa and fill his bag outside before coming in. They can be small presents that the kids asked for. Each child can sit on his lap and tell him what they asked for for Christmas, and then Santa can give them a gift himself!
19. Play the sound of jingle bells so your kids can “hear” Santa coming.
Have someone sneak outside on Christmas Eve with some jingle bells and ring them near the window. Your kids will think Santa’s in the area!
20. Don’t wrap Santa’s gifts, and put them out fully assembled.
It’s more believable that they came from his workshop.
Tip: I have heard that some parents only give one or two gifts from Santa, and the rest come from them. This way, if there are less fortunate kids at school, they won’t wonder why some kids got tons of presents from Santa, but they only got one.
21. Leave a note from Santa out for the kids on Christmas morning.
Write a note to the kids from Santa thanking them for the cookies and milk, as well as reminding them to continue to be good throughout the year.
22. Santa’s magic key (if you don’t have a chimney)
If you don’t have a fireplace and your kids are worried about how Santa will get in to deliver their presents, tell them that Santa has a magic key! Grab an old key, paint it red, tie a ribbon around it and voila! Santa’s magic key.
Here’s a good tutorial on how to make Santa’s magic key, along with a printable poem to go with it.
23. Leave a few presents outside that “fell off” santa’s sled.
When you’re sneaking the kids’ presents under the tree, put a few outside scattered on the lawn. You can tell your kids that a couple of their presents must have fallen off Santa’s sled without him knowing!
24. Keep the Christmas Spirit alive.
Find an old jingle bell or buy one from an antique store. Read the Polar Express a few weeks before and talk about the bell. Then leave a bell with a special note from Santa to your child in their stocking thanking them for keeping the Christmas Spirit alive in their hearts.
25. Volunteer as a family.
The Holiday Season is a perfect time to teach your kids about the importance of giving back to the community.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen or sign up for Meals on Wheels. Afterwards you can drive around and look at Christmas lights.
26. Buy presents for kids in need.
This is another lovely way to teach our kids about helping others who are less fortunate than we are. Some organizations to look into are Salvation Army and Toys for Tots.
At our daycare, they have a Christmas tree where they hang tags with a child’s age, gender, and what they asked for. It’s fun to pick a child who is the same gender and age as your child. Then you can take them shopping with you and have them pick out the presents themselves.
27. Kindness elves.
I LOVE the idea of kindness elves and am going to replace Elf on the Shelf with this idea beginning this year!
The Kindness Elves focus on doing good deeds for others throughout the holiday season, rather than focusing on our children’s good behavior so that they can get presents.
You can learn more about the Kindness Elves here. I definitely recommend that you at least look into it!
28. Make gifts for someone.
To get your kids in the spirit of giving this holiday season, set aside an afternoon to make gifts for others. A couple of fun ideas are cookie mix in a mason jar, key chains, and ornaments.
For more homemade gift ideas that are perfect for kids to make, check out this post.
29. Start a traveling St. Nicholas or Angel in your neighborhood.
This is a tradition that celebrates St. Nicholas Day (which is on December 6th). Buy a small St. Nicholas or Angel figurine. Think of a family in your area that you’d like to do something kind for (a small gift or some other act of kindness). Then anonymously place the figurine at their door with a letter letting them know they’ve been touched by the spirit of Christmas generosity and it’s their turn to pay it forward to another family in the neighborhood.
You can also print out a sign that says “We’ve been visited by St. Nicholas” that they can put on their window or door so everyone else knows they’ve already been visited.
30. Bake cookies, put them in tins, and deliver to neighbors and friends.
Buy some cute Christmas tins from the local dollar store and spend an afternoon baking with the kiddos. Then deliver the tins to neighbors and friends.
31. Each year, pick a family to perform acts of kindness for throughout December.
Once you’ve decided on a family together, make them treats and gifts, and secretly deliver them. Right before Christmas, give them a final gift and reveal yourselves!
32. Give away old toys to prepare for new ones.
A month before Christmas, get the kids and go through all of their toys with them. The ones that they are no longer interested in, or are broken, bag up and send to Santa so they can be fixed and given to other children. Or you can tell your kids that you are going to give them to children in need.
If you do Elf on the Shelf, you can have the Elf bring a box for this! Helps you declutter too!
33. Give a surprise gift to someone unexpecting.
Have your kids surprise someone with a gift – make it someone that you don’t usually exchange gifts with, but that you appreciate, like your mailman, a neighbor, or even a favorite coffee barista.
FAMILY-FOCUSED Holiday time
34. Let your kids have a sleepover with their cousins.
This is another magical memory I have from Christmases of my childhood! The importance of family is one of the biggest reminders of the holiday season. I was fortunate enough to grow up with a group of cousins around my age, and sleepovers around Christmas time were the best!
Sharing excitement for the upcoming Christmas morning makes the month of December even more fun for kids.
35. Visit a friend.
Pay a special visit to a friend or family member who you don’t see very often. Remind your kids that family and friends are very important and how much it means to them when you visit. Your kids can even bring a homemade gift that they made!
36. Have a relaxing Christmas Eve or Christmas Day with family.
There’s something comforting about hanging out with family and having the TV on in the background. For the holidays, it’s always nice to have the Football game on (if there is one) or, better yet, A Christmas Story marathon on TBS and TNT. While the TV is playing in the background, you can make it a tradition to play card games, dominos, or fun dice games.
37. Holiday coloring books.
Stock up on some holiday coloring books and new crayons. You can give them them to your kids on December 1st as a way to kick off the excitement for the holidays! Hang up their colored pages around the house as decorations.
38. Read The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve.
Such a classic! Read this story together as a family before heading to bed on Christmas Eve.
39. Add a new Christmas book to your collection.
Kick off the holiday season with a new Christmas book. Here’s a great list of Christmas books for kiddos.
40. Open a Christmas book each night starting December 1st.
Buy 25 Christmas books and wrap them up. Each night give your kids one of the books to open and read it to them at bedtime. If your kids have good self-constraint (mine definitely don’t!), you can leave the wrapped books under the Christmas tree and let them pick one each night.
41. Christmas Bingo.
Who doesn’t love a good game of Bingo? Make it Christmas themed and use candy isteand of traditional Bingo markers. Hershey kisses, M&Ms, and marshmallows are all great choices.
If you need some Christmas themed Bingo cards, here is a festive list of free printables that you can use.
42. Have a marshmallow fight.
If a white Christmas just isn’t in the cards this year, have a marshmallow fight instead!
43. Share Christmas jokes with your kids.
My 5 year old is all about jokes lately so I’ve already started saving some Christmas jokes to teach him. He’ll have a blast telling the jokes to family at our holiday gatherings.
If your kid’s a jokester, too, you can find some cute christmas jokes here.
44. Have a Christmas themed game night.
Have a kid-friendly game night with family and friends. Get creative by taking some favorite games, like Charades, Trivia, and Pictionary, and make them Christmas themed.
For more holiday game ideas, take a look at this post.
45. Engage the family in a Christmas Movie Challenge.
Google Christmas movies for kids and pick a movie for each night in December. You can make a cute calendar with each movie listed on the night you plan on watching it. Once you’ve finished the movie, let your kids put a Christmas sticker over that day to show you completed the movie.
46. Play White Elephant with family & friends.
This is THE best holiday memory I have from my childhood! All of my cousins and aunts and uncles would participate and we would laugh SO hard at the presents and the stealing of presents! You cannot go wrong with this game.
If you’ve never played, you can learn more about it here.
CHRISTMAS TREES & ORNAMENTS
47. Make Salt Dough Ornaments.
Salt dough is incredibly easy to make. Your kids can make whatever shapes of Christmas ornaments they want and give them away as gifts.
Make sure to have them make handprint christmas ornaments and write the date on the back when they’re done. If you do this every year, it’ll be fun to look at how much their hands grew over the years!
48. Watch the Christmas Tree lighting at Rockefeller Center.
You can go see it in person if you’re willing to stand for hours! But if that feels like a lot of work (and to me it does!), you can watch it on TV. Get the family in pajamas, let the kids stay up late, make some hot chocolate and popcorn, and tune in to the show!
49. Have your own tree lighting party.
Have your own Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting right at home. Get all of the tree decorations out and decorate the tree together as a family. Put on some Christmas music with hot chocolate and snacks, and at 8 PM turn off all the lights in the room and light the tree.
50. Hang up a felt Christmas tree for your kids to play with.
I bought a fairly big felt Christmas tree and snowman off of Amazon last year. It came with felt decorations that my kids could stick on, take off, and stick on again. They had a lot of fun with it (and it deterred them from messing with our actual Christmas tree!).
51. Cut your Christmas tree down.
Instead of picking up a tree from a local garden shop, spend the afternoon at a tree farm. You can bring thermoses of hot cider and hand pick the tree that you want. Then have some fun cutting it down!
52. Picnic by the Christmas tree.
My 5 year old loves having picnics, and it’s tough to have them outside in NJ in the winter. If it’s cold by you during the holidays too, this year, have a picnic by the Christmas tree. Throw down a comfy blanket and pack some snacks in a basket, complete with apple cider.
53. Leave christmas tree lights on all night on Christmas Eve.
I remember waking up in the wee morning hours of Christmas with my little brother and climbing down the stairs to peek at the presents that Santa brought us. My parents would leave the Christmas tree lights on that night, and since it was still dark out, the lights would sparkle and reflect off of the wrapping paper. It was beautiful and something I will never forget!
54. Pick out an ornament for the tree as a family.
If you go on vacation or anywhere different for the day, pick out an ornament from that location for your tree. Over the years, you’ll have a lot of memories to talk about as you decorate your tree.
55. Give an ornament of something that your kids are into that year.
Another idea for gifting ornaments to your kids is to buy an ornament that is in line with your kids’ interests that year, like a movie they enjoy or a sport they like playing. They’ll be fun reminders of what was popular over the years!
56. Hide the Pickle!
This is a fun tradition to start with your family. You can either buy a pickle ornament or use an actual pickle for this one. On Christmas Eve, hide the pickle somewhere in the tree. On Christmas morning, have your kids look for it, and whoever finds it first gets a prize! This could be opening the first present or receiving an extra gift.
57. Add fun decorations to the tree.
Work with your kids to make your Christmas tree a little silly with some unusual ornaments, like chinese yo-yos or puppet monsters.
58. Give your kids ornaments with hand written notes in them.
Give your child an ornament with a handwritten note about them inside the ornament, but don’t let them know about the note just yet. Make sure to save the ornaments over the years. When they are grown up, give them all the ornaments in a box. They can take the notes out and read them as they decorate their own tree.
59. Get an ornament that signifies something that happened that year.
If your child got their driver’s license, buy a car ornament and write the year on it. Or if they graduated, you can buy an ornament focused on that. My toddler is being potty trained, so this year maybe I’ll be a toilet ornament, haha! Decorating the tree then tells the story of their life.
COZY HOLIDAY IDEAS
60. Have a hot cocoa bar.
Pick up some Santa mugs and let your kids make their own hot chocolate with a Hot Cocoa Bar!
Put out hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, candy canes, whipped cream, sprinkles, and chocolate syrup (and maybe some Bailey’s for yours!). The kids will have a blast making this!
61. Make hot chocolate after sledding.
One of my favorite memories from childhood around Christmas time is playing outside in the snow (if we were lucky enough to have snow that season) and then coming inside to drink some hot chocolate made by mom.
It’s amazing how such little things stick with you!
62. Family Christmas pajamas.
I don’t know what it is with pajamas around the holidays, but they seem to make everything better! Get matching Christmas pajamas for the whole family and wear them on Christmas Eve. Kids get a big kick out of their parents wearing the same pajamas as them!
63. Serve up some hot apple cider.
Warm up some apple cider on the stove. Throw in some cinnamon sticks and your house will smell like the holidays while you’re sipping the cider! (Add some spiced rum for the adults!).
64. Stay in your jammies for a whole day.
Ahhh jammies again! And this is something you’ll enjoy as much as your kids! Stay home and comfy in your jammies all day. Watch Christmas movies and bake. There are quite a few families who do this on Christmas Day, but if that’s not an option for you, pick any day!
65. Roast marshmallows.
Go hunt for some good marshmallow roasting sticks outside and get some big marshmallows. You can roast them with an outside fire pit, a wood burning fireplace, or even your gas stove (that’s what my mom used when we were kids since we didn’t have a fireplace). Listen to Christmas music in the background.
66. Make up your kids’ beds with new sheets on Christmas Eve.
Buy your kids some brand new sheets and make up their beds with them on Christmas Eve. This goes along great with new Christmas pajamas!
67. Build a fire in the fireplace.
If you have a fireplace that you rarely use, pick a night to turn out the lights, turn on the tree lights, listen to Christmas music, and just hang out as a family.
HOLIDAY ARTS, CRAFTS, & BAKING
68. Make a gingerbread house.
For the last couple of years I’ve bought gingerbread house kits and put them together with my kids. Put on some Christmas music in the background and let your creativity flow! Your kids will have fun decorating the house and they’ll be excited to show guests what they made.
69. Bake Christmas cookies.
This is especially meaningful if you and your kids don’t do much baking, or if the baking you do consists of buying the pre-made cookie dough and popping it in the oven (errr, guilty!).
Take some time to make the cookie dough with your kids while Christmas music is playing in the background. Search Pinterest for fun decorating ideas or buy some Christmas themed cookie cutters.
70. Make a pinecone bird feeder.
I remember making pinecone bird feeders in school. It was a lot of fun to not only make them, but then put them outside and watch the birds eat it. It’s a great winter activity, and it could be a good deed for your kids to do – giving a gift to the birds who live in your yard!
71. Make paper garland.
Let your kids make their own Christmas decorations with paper garland. This post has a ton of cool ideas for paper garland that you can make with your kids.
72. Make s’mores.
Part of what makes the holiday season feel so happy is comfort. Everything seems warm and hopeful, and if you live in an area where it gets cold, having warm gooey s’mores just adds to the feeling!
73. Make snow globes.
If your kid likes to drink snow globe liquid like mine, then you might want to avoid this one! But if you can trust your kiddo with snow globes, then making this will be a great memory for them. Plus, they’ll enjoy playing with it after.
It’s a really easy activity and you can learn how to do it here.
74. Make reindeer food.
Make reindeer food with your kids and throw it all over your yard on Christmas Eve so Santa’s reindeer can snack while he puts the presents under the tree. All you need is some oatmeal and sprinkles!
75. Make a countdown chain.
I remember making Christmas countdown chains in elementary school! The chain is made out of red and green construction paper. There are a total of 25 “links” and each day in December, your kids can pull off one of the links.
This tutorial will walk you through making them!
76. Make Reindeer Poop!
You can also make Elf poop and Snowman poop. Either let your kids make them with you and give them away as gifts – they’ll have a good laugh handing them out! Or you can make them on your own, put them in a jar, and attach one of these funny poems to the jar.
77. Make homemade donut puffs on Christmas morning.
If your kids love donuts (and really, who doesn’t?), make some homemade donut puffs and put them out on the table on Christmas morning. They’re warm and delicious, and you can add cinnamon to make them even more holiday ready! A great treat to eat after opening presents.
78. Make grinch popcorn and watch the Grinch.
TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY IDEAS
79. Use an Advent Calendar
There are so many wonderful ideas for Advent Calendars! To countdown the days in December until Christmas, you can use small treats, little gifts, or even activities, like baking cookies and watching a Christmas movie. Another fun idea is to have a hint for each day related to where a treat is hidden!
80. Give your kids a Christmas Eve Box.
I started this tradition when my older son was born, and it’s just as much fun for me to put the boxes together as it is for my kids to get and open them! A Christmas Eve box is a box filled with items that you can give to your kids on Christmas Eve (I guess that’s kind of obvious from the name!).
The most common items in a Christmas Eve box are new pajamas to wear that night, some sort of snack, a book, and/or a movie to watch on Christmas Eve. But of course, you can personalize it however you’d like!
81. Make a special Christmas breakfast.
Make a tradition of having a special Christmas breakfast – something that you only have on Christmas morning. Some ideas are gingerbread french toast or peppermint hot chocolate pancakes!
82. Elf on the Shelf.
This is another really common, popular tradition these days – Elf on the Shelf. It can be a lot of work for us parents, but the kids have a great time with it. The day after Thanksgiving, you can read the book to your kids and/or let them watch the movie. Then each night after that up until Christmas, you’ll need to move the Elf to a different location while your kids are asleep so that they think he comes alive at night and reports back to Santa on their behavior that day!
83. Have your elf deliver a special treat.
Have your elf bring gift cards to a local bakery; and bring something for the dog too! Then take a trip to the bakery to pick out some Christmas goodies.
84. Mail Christmas cards.
Enlist your kids to help with the Christmas cards this year. If they are old enough, let them write out the envelopes. If your kids don’t know how to write yet, let them lick the envelopes and put the stamps on. Then mail them together at the post office.
85. Set up a nativity together.
If your family is religious, make setting up the nativity together each year a family tradition.
86. Attend Christmas Eve church service.
This may not be as fun as the other ideas on this list, but many adults say that one of their favorite Christmas traditions growing up was attending a Christmas Eve Church Service!
87. Let siblings sleep in the same room on Christmas Eve.
Let your kids have a sleepover together in one of their rooms or in another room of the house on Christmas Eve. Complete it with sleeping bags or a fort made out of sheets and blankets!
88. Go to a party or have a party.
Think about having a Christmas party on your calendar this December, whether it’s one you are attending or one you are throwing. Again, teaching your kids the significance of being around loved ones is a wonderful lesson to teach during the holiday season, and makes for some great memories.
89. Host a gingerbread making night for a few families.
Instead of making a gingerbread house with only your kids, invite a few families over and make a bunch of houses together. Afterwards, the kids can go outside and play flag football, make a snowman (if it snowed!), or play Christmas Trivia.
90. Have an Ugly Christmas Sweater party.
Throw an Ugly Christmas Sweater party for your kids’ friends and parents. Have everyone vote on the ugliest sweater. The winner gets a special prize!
91. Throw a kids Christmas party.
Invite your kids’ friends over and have a childrens christmas party where the kids make homemade ornaments and play games (bean bag toss, guess how much candy is in a jar), make stringed popcorn, and decorate a tree outside with ornaments. Adults can have a party at the same time, too!
GIFTS & DECORATINg
92. Have your kids buy gifts for each other.
Take each of your kids shopping on their own to pick out a Christmas gift for their siblings. They can exchange their gifts on Christmas Eve.
93. Decorate the house together.
Make a night out of decorating your house for the holidays. Put on some Christmas music and bring out all the decorations. Let your kids decide where they go!
94. Let your kids open one gift on Christmas Eve.
To throw your excited kids a little bone, let them open one special gift on Christmas Eve, or give them their stockings!
95. Listen to Christmas music while opening gifts.
Liven up Christmas morning by playing Christmas music in the background. We’re a family of four and the last couple of Christmas mornings have seemed a little too quiet, so I’ll definitely be playing some music this year!
96. Use separate wrapping paper for each child.
If you have more than one child, buy special wrapping paper for each child and wrap their presents in it. Mix all the presents up and let them find their presents on Christmas morning.
97. Use candy for bows on presents.
Instead of regular bows, use candy, like a bag of m&ms or skittles, as bows. Take a ribbon and tie it tight around the middle of the bag so it looks like a bow. Just be prepared for a potential sugar rush later on in the day!
98. Write a poem to go along with any especially big gifts.
Make it funny for some laughs, or nostalgic for some tears!
99. Have a theme for your stockings.
Each year, have a different theme for stockings based on what you’re kids’ interests are. Get creative and have fun with it!
100. Make mini-stockings.
If your kids wake up early on Christmas morning, and you don’t want them to go near the presents, have Santa put a mini stocking on their doors. It can contain a toy or a little something else to keep them excited and occupied until mom and dad get up for the real fun!
101. Set up a train around the bottom of the Christmas tree.
Work with your kids to set the track up. They’ll have a blast watching it go around the tree!
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