Christmas is my favorite time of the year, but it seems to get a little crazy with all the parties, gifts and scheduled events. The entire holiday season can be such a special time and there are many ways to help kids truly feel the magic of Christmas. We only have a few short years where kids really believe so I like to do small things that help encourage it. Chances are, kids won't remember which year they got a Polly Pocket, but they will remember the traditions and memories they have associated with them.
Here are 10 simple ideas that will help kids feel that sense of wonder and amazement of the holiday season. Even as an adult I enjoy pushing the practical part of my mind aside and taking the chance to feel the magic of Christmas with my kids.
4. Personalized at-home Santa pictures: These are so cool! You can take pictures of different areas of your house and get Santa posed in them. He's eating cookies in your kitchen, leaving presents under your Christmas tree, sitting in his sleigh on your roof- you get the idea!
Capture the Magic: 3 pictures for $10
5. Get a FREE phone call from Santa from Christmas Dialer! These are cute! You can type in what you'd like Santa to say and his voice sounds very authentic.
6. Be a Secret Santa to a Neighborhood Family: Every year growing up, we always chose a family to do the “12 Days of Christmas” for, and my kids are loving that same tradition now! We always do it anonymously and “doorbell ditch” the gifts on the doorstep for each of the 12 nights before Christmas. You can either choose the gifts yourself, or find a list like this one that provides the shopping list and all the printables you need!
7. Watch Christmas Movies together! I especially love movies that really emphasize the spirit of Christmas. Here are some of my favorite:
To expound on this idea, you can make up your own “Polar Express” adventure! I saw this idea and thought it sounded so fun! You can print out tickets for “The Minivan Express” and then hide them in your kids' beds one night. Let them start getting ready for bed while you get popcorn, hot cocoa and Christmas music ready in your car. Punch their tickets as they enter the vehicle and then go on a little holiday trip! You can go visit Santa, drive around and look at Christmas lights, go ice skating or choose another favorite holiday activity to do.
8. Reindeer Cam: Watch Santa feed his reindeer! Starting 11/17, Santa will be feeding his reindeer at 11AM, 6PM and 9PM EST. You can even download the app on your phone so that you don't miss a feeding!
You are Special
The Tale of Three Trees
Christmas Dress for Ellen
The Christmas Wish
The Best Christmas Ever – Dave Ramsey
The Polar Express
10. Elf on the Shelf: This will be our first year to start this tradition in our home, but I am so excited for the excitement that I know all of my kids will have about the Elf on the Shelf. Essentially, the idea is that there is an elf that stays at your home in the weeks before Christmas to keep an eye on the kids and then each night he goes back to the North Pole to report to Santa. He then returns to your home each morning, but never to the same place twice, so your kids will have to find him every day when they wake up! I have seen so many cute ideas about ways to “arrange” your Elf on the Shelf each day – here are a couple of great sources if you need some help brainstorming:
- Adventures of Kelvin the Elf (most of these ideas are super easy, and a lot of them are quite funny!)
- 101 Elf on the Shelf Ideas
- Elfontheshelfideas.com (great place to find and share elf ideas)
See my article here on 8 Ways to Make Easter Magical for Kids