What are some fun family activities to do on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?

my daughter is just now old enough for christmas eve and christmas day time activities i know for sure that on christmas eve I'm gonna let her bake sugar cookies and decorate them for santa but I have absolutley no other fun activities for her to do this holiday christmas eve will be our family time without the relatives christmas morning they will open presents and then go to see family I have no ideas and want to make this christmas eve extra special with some fun activities so if any of you creative mommas can help me out I would appreciate it greatly


Asked by one_white_rose at 7:43 PM on Dec. 18, 2008 in Holidays

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  • I work at a craft store. There are so many fun things. You can use wiggly eyes, mini pom poms and chenile stems to turn candy canes into reindeer. There are foamie activity kits. There is so much that you can do. Just have to use your imagination a little. Good luck.

    Answer by coala at 7:48 PM on Dec. 18, 2008

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  • thats the whole problem my creativity and imagination suck and could really use a makeover lol

    Answer by one_white_rose at 7:51 PM on Dec. 18, 2008

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  • when my son turned 5 - we started 2 traditions - we bundle up, grabbed our christmas basket, filled it with different flavor candy canes and visit all of our neighbors to wish them a Merry Christmas - short and sweet jsut a quick dorr visit - also helped my son to learn who all of our neighbors are... then we would go home make coco and let him open his Xmas Eve gift.. I would buy him a family game that we could play as a family - then before bed, we would sit as a family and read The Night Before Christmas (the traditonal story) -

    Answer by AndreaRUJuiced at 7:55 PM on Dec. 18, 2008

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  • You could make some reindeer food. Mix oatmeal and glitter together. Toss it out on to the lawn on Christmas Eve night. The glitter will shimmer in the lights, then the dew will make the oats drop down into the grass (the reindeer ATE it). It's a fun, quick activity.

    Answer by slw123 at 9:56 PM on Dec. 18, 2008

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  • There are lots of free websites where you can get free templates (or you can use your cookie cutters)..... Cut out the shapes (stars, ornaments, gingerbread men, trees, snowmen, etc) on construction paper & let her decorate them with markers, sequens, glitter glue, buttons, etc.

    Make paper snowflakes. Cut out square pieces of paper, fold them diagonally -- corner to corner - 3 times, and then just cut random shapes off the edges. Unfold and Voila! snowflakes. Then you can put glue on them & dip them in bowls of glitter or extra effect.

    Hand & foot reindeer: Trace her foot on brown construction paper -- cut out. Trace her hands on white construction paper -- cut out. Paste hands on top of foot for anterls... decorate.

    I homeschool -- so I know of TONS of great websites for little one's arts & crafts. You can PM me for a list if you don't get enough ideas here.

    G'luck & have fun!!

    Answer by Laura1229 at 10:29 PM on Dec. 18, 2008

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  • I like the idea of an elf comming in to make fun mischief and for my son to find all the crazy things on Christmas Eve morning that the elf did. Like leave a half eaten bowl of cereal on the counter or leave a book open he/she found interesting. Things that are harmless but going around the house to see what the elf did. Then even possibly finding a small present the elf left for my child (some dollar store item that children are always so thrilled with). Perhaps this elf even left a note in the bathroom with those crayons that are meant for the tub. I also like the idea of a birthday cake to remember why we celebrate Christmas to begin with. We remember the birth of Jesus.

    Answer by frogdawg at 12:23 AM on Dec. 19, 2008

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  • cont...Perhaps too I will also include sitting around with a cup of hot chocolate before bed and reading the Night Before Christmas and then tucking him into bed and wishing him sweet dreams. There are so many Christmas traditions that I am going to be doing. Christmas Eve will be a brunch, calling the extended family, watching old movies (Its a Wonderful Life, Charlie Brown's Christmas, Frosty the Snowman), dancing and singing to Christmas songs, a birthday cake for Jesus, a story before bed, and then of course the elf in the morning. Oh, and one present to be opened on the eve of Christmas. There are so many things you can do. Be creative and do what works for you and for your kids.

    Answer by frogdawg at 12:27 AM on Dec. 19, 2008

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  • My daughter always gets to open one present on Christmas Eve, it is her pajamas as she can wake up in them on Christmas morning. She is 6 so she has figured out that is what she is getting and has been asking why all she gets on Christmas eve is pajamas from grandma. I told her some day she will thank us because she looks so cute in new pajamas, not the old ones with the grape jelly stain on the video. She thinks this is hilarious and can hardly wait to see which ones grandma bought this year.

    Answer by ria7 at 1:07 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

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  • growing up xmas eve was at my grandmother's house and when we got home from that long drive home we got special holiday jammies (they all matched for the photos mom would take the next morning) I thought it was corny at the time but now wish i had done that with my kids.

    for me as a single mom for 11 years, once we got home from the event on xmas eve, we put out the cookies (pillsbury dough type) and i sat them down and we read 'Twas the night before xmas' and watched muppets christmas together. Once they fell asleep and i had them in bed for good, i would pull out all the santa stuff and leave a reindeer trail from their room to the tree. It was marshmallows only but it was something cute another GS leader did one year.

    there are also lots of patterns for const. paper and foam on makingfriends.com for the holidays and you can make ornaments too.

    Answer by candle-mom at 1:53 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

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  • Have her make cards for all the people you will be seeing for christmas. paper , glue. markers , glitter, and stickers

    Answer by davidsmom01 at 4:03 PM on Dec. 19, 2008

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