10 Easy and Fun Ways to Make Christmas Magical for Kids
Below are 10 ways that I have personally made Christmas magical and fun for my kids year after year. They are older now but I thought I’d share all the different ways we tried to make that Christmas morning memorable. Also, check out my last post on creating Pinecone Christmas trees if you are looking for a fun activity to do with kids.
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1. Hide the Gifts
We all know how the story goes: Santa is responsible for all our gifts. With that, I hid every gift including those sent by relatives. Nothing is ever put under the tree until after the boys go to bed Christmas Eve. The next day, expect your child(ren)’s eyes and expressions to light up. Gifts labeled from relatives can be easily explained away as gifts from those relatives who asked Santa to deliver them. I was lucky to have family that played along and wrote “from Santa” on their gift labels.
2. Watch Lots of Santa Movies
This is fun. I especially enjoy the Claymation ones of my days but anything that will touch upon the spirit of Christmas is great. For older kids on the verge of losing that Christmas magic, Elf and The Polar Express, may give you one last year of magic for your kids.
3. Talk to Santa
If you tend to go to malls or other special events that have a Santa on hand, take advantage and go. For some kids, this can be scary. I wanted to avoid crowds and lines so I opted for the kids to receive a video call from the big guy. You can do this by registering your kid(s) at www.portablenorthpole.com. This site allows you to add your child’s name, upload pictures for more personalization, and provides several options for messages. And the best part, it is all for FREE!! When all is done, the site sends you a link via email that your child can access in order to view their message from Santa. If your child is on the younger side, expect them to talk back to Santa even though it is a recorded message.
4. Make Reindeer Food
Google ‘reindeer food’ on the internet and you will find different ways of making it. I usually used about a cup of oatmeal and some sugar. I mixed these together and put it in a mason jar. For a more bird friendly recipe, check out this site that has an accompanying poem that you can adhere to the side of your jar. If you have some time to be creative, decorate your jar as a reindeer. You can paint it brown, use pipe cleaners as antlers, adhere eyes (you can get these from any craft store) and a red pompom for the nose. On Christmas Eve, have the kids sprinkle the food on the lawn.
5. Keep Track of Santa’s Movements
Check out NORAD‘s site where the military men and women of the North American Aerospace Defense Command track Santa’s every move. Here, you get to watch Santa visit various countries throughout the world all day starting on Christmas Eve. I kept my laptop open to this site the whole day until it is time for the kids to go to sleep.
6. Create a Ribbon Path
Measure the path from the kid(s)’ room(s) to the Christmas tree cut some ribbon or piece together some garland to that size. Then, after the kids are asleep, place the ribbon close to their beds or even on their door knobs. The next morning, the kids will wonder where the ribbon will lead to, which, of course, is to their presents. This is great for presents that can’t be wrapped such as a bicycle. You can even hide a much prized present in a closet so that they have to follow the ribbon to get it. We have a two-floor home and my boys were so intrigued by this ribbon that was just strewn about the floor and banister until they got to their bicycles. It was pretty exciting for them.
7. Put out Cookies and Milk
This is a no-brainer. Just don’t forget to take an exaggerated bite out of those cookies so the kids can see that Santa was there. And you get to have a little treat for all these things you are doing.
8. Make Some Santa and Elf Tracks
Once the kids are asleep on Christmas Eve, create Santa and Elf tracks. For this, I used my husband’s boots and traced an outline onto cardstock. You can also freehand it as well. The elf feet should just be a small version of tear drops. Cut out the traced lines and lay the stencil on the floor. Using baby powder, lightly sprinkle it onto the cut out feet. If these seems like a lot of work, then you are in luck because I have created the stencil for you for free. Just click here to access these printables. This was a huge hit the first time we did it. In fact, it got more attention then the presents. By the way, if the kids ask you why doesn’t this “snow” melt, just say it is magical North Pole snow and that it never melts.
9. Leave Some Evidence that the Elves Were There
I am a huge fan of Prep and Landing and that is why I later added elfin feet to #8 above. Because we have a dog, I also sprinkle a little glitter on the floor near the tree. Like the cartoon short, we wanted the boys to think that the elves had to put “Sammie” asleep while they prepped the house for Santa. If you have never seen Prep and Landing, I believe they show it on one of the major networks every year. Check it out and you will understand this particular activity. In case you do not have a dog, then you can use #8 for tracks and perhaps modify #7 by making small notches around one of the cookies.
10. Polar Express Tickets
Every year, we watch the Polar Express on Christmas Eve. We do this so that it is the last thing on their minds before heading to bed. Once asleep, I place Polar Express tickets under their pillow. I hole punched them in the middle (in the shape of a heart). In their stocking I put a single jingle bell. The next day when they find their tickets, I tell them that they must have went on the train overnight. The jingle bell is the best part because they check to see if it makes a sound. Priceless! Anyway, if you are looking to find Polar Express tickets, look no further. I have created these for you too. Click here to access your free printable. To make them really look as good as the ones from the movie check your local Arts & Crafts store paper craft aisle. There you should find gold colored paper.
So I hope you enjoy these 10 different ways to making Christmas magical for your kids. I know that my children loved them and yours will too. Merry Christmas!!
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