When you think back on your childhood memories of Christmas, what do you remember?
The sweet smell of cinnamon?
Decorating the Christmas tree?
Racing downstairs on Christmas morning?
In an age of growing materialism, BuyandSell.ie wishes to recapture the true spirit of Christmas this year with our fun and cost-effective Christmas activity ideas to make Christmas magical for kids this year!
1. Advent ‘Experiences’
Build up the anticipation to Christmas with a fabulous advent ‘experiences’ calendar. Unlike customary advent calendars, each day signals a new Christmassy activity, such as “drive around to see the Christmas lights” and “unwrap a new book to read tonight”.
Alternatively, try out our simple to make tray advent calendar by suspending a baking tray from some ribbon, inserting little toys and sweets in each hollow and sticking circular card over each one to be opened with each day that passes.
Advent calendars can be created on various different scales, from neat envelope calendars on a pinboard to larger ’Bucket List’ calendars using little buckets suspended from hooks.
2. Christmas Cards
Encourage your children to value thoughtful and personalised gifts over generic store-bought goods by pulling our last year’s Christmas cards and helping them to cut them up and create a special Christmas card for their grandparents or teacher in school.
You may also want to bring them to an arts and crafts shop to pick out coloured card, glitter, markers and anything else they may need for their creations.
3. Where’s Me Jumper?
Instead of doling out the big bucks on a shop-bought Christmas jumper, personalise your own!
Buy plain sweaters and decorating them with felt, beads, tinsel, buttons, tassels, candy canes, tree decorations and all things which put you in the Christmas spirit!
4. DIY Nativity
Get your kids involved in the true purpose of Christmas by helping them to make their own nativity scenes. This can be done with a variety of materials, depending on which medium you prefer.
(L-R) Rolled up printed pictures, matchboxes, play dough and felt hand puppets.
5. Jingle Bell Rocks
Put together a CD of all your family’s favourite Christmas hits to play as you decorate the Christmas tree or cook Christmas dinner.
It’ll create a wonderful atmosphere and get everyone in the mood for Christmastime!
6. Homemade Tree Decorations
Make your family’s Christmas tree unique by encouraging the kids to create their own decorations!
They’ll feel so proud when they see them displayed on the tree.
If you would prefer to have a more ‘aesthetically pleasing’ tree for guests, buy a mini tree for the kids to take ownership of and decorate how they wish.
7. Goodie Boxes
Around Christmas time, you’ll have an array of empty containers around from food, decorations and various other bits and bobs.
Help your kids to make goodie boxes for popping gifts into for friends and family. Perfect for when you need to quickly put together an unexpected present!
8. Night Before Christmas Pack
Get a box and place into it cosy new pyjamas, hot coco sachets, marshmallows, packets of microwave popcorn, a Christmas movie and a bedtime Christmas classic like The Night Before Christmas.
Wrap it up like a present for the perfect bedtime routine before going to sleep in anticipation of Santa’s visit!
9. Charity Santa Sack
Teach your children that Christmas is a time for giving to others less fortunate by encouraging them to gather all old toys they no longer play with and filling up a ‘Santa sack’ to be sent to a children’s hospital or charity.
Not only will it teach them an important life lesson, but it will also free up some much needed space for the presents Santa will be bringing!
10. Take a Trip
Nothing gets kids and adults alike into the Christmas mood more than a special seasonal trip abroad! Cash strapped parents needn’t fret about the cost of visiting the North Pole with all the sprogs on board- there are plenty great options closer to home!
PAB Tours organises trips to Christmas Markets in Birmingham and Manchester, offering the perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping while also enjoying market stalls laden with handmade toys, original jewelery, cosmetics, traditional Christmas delicacies and a delicious confectionery goods!
Visitors can enjoy the delights of German mulled wine (Gluhwein), grilled sausages, vegetarian options, pretzels, homemade chutneys, cheeses and German beer
For those with a sweet tooth, gingerbread, crepes and marzipan sweets are available in abundance!