Christmastime is here. Whether you have young ones with you around the clock (I miss those days!) or are waiting for your children’s winter vacation to begin, you can begin planning holiday fun. There are plenty of seasonal activities to enjoy while counting down the days until December 25th. I’ve got a great to-do list this year, and I’m ready to share the best ideas with you. Below are three Christmas ideas for spending quality time with your loved ones.
I love spending time in the kitchen, despite not being the best culinary artist. These days, the internet is the only recipe book I need. There are countless recipes for everything Christmas, from Santa-shaped cookies to candy cane cakes. The possibilities are practically endless, and they give your family the chance to bake something new every day.
We all know about gingerbread houses. Those are fun, tried-and-true…and they are available at the store. If you want to spend the best time baking with your family, I recommend actually baking! Try crafting a holiday butter, bake gingerbread cookies from scratch, or concoct a sugary cheesecake. The holiday spirit can inspire anyone to create festive treats. Just remember, you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to bake delectable desserts.
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Sitting in front of the TV all day isn’t the healthiest life choice. Scheduling movie nights with the family is a different story. Perhaps after baking snowman-themed treats, you can gather everyone into the family room for a Christmas classic.
Holiday movies have been around for nearly a century. If you want to brush up on one of the most iconic Christmas tales, try 1935’s Scrooge (or any other adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol). Other magical oldies include It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), White Christmas (1954), and A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). For more 1960s animated fun, don’t miss Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.
If you and your loved ones like to laugh (and who doesn’t?), the 1980s and 90s were filled with Christmas comedies. A Christmas Story, Home Alone, and The Santa Clause are just a few of the greats. We’ve seen our fair share of family holiday films this century, too. Captivating visuals are abundant with Jim Carrey in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Tom Hanks’ plethora of characters in The Polar Express.
There are way more Christmas movies than I could possibly list here. Instead of watching the different TV series in separate rooms, get together with the hubby and kids for movie time. There’s no better season than now!
Last year, I introduced you to the wide selection of educational games on Poki.com. In that blog post, we looked at a few of the best titles in Poki’s educational category. Fast-forward to this year, when I began building my list of fun family activities for the holidays. Playing games is one of the top items—more specifically, playing such fun games as Short Life game (my recent addiction you can play here) or Christmas games on Poki. There are dozens of holiday titles available, from girly dress-up games to puzzles to all-out action/adventures. If you have a daughter at home, I’m sure you’ll both love the dress-up and makeover games. So Sakura: Christmas gives you the chance to enjoy an entire beauty regimen. Emma the Make-Up Artist gives pro tips for glitzy goodness at holiday parties. Charlie the Hairdresser can give you the merriest of haircuts. Plus, Luna the Beautician will help your skin look smoother than ever!
If you or your kids like puzzles, Poki has a bunch of delightful holiday challenges. Christmas Mahjong puts a festive spin on the traditional Chinese tile game. The backgrounds are magical, showing Santa Claus flying over a snowy neighborhood or presents under a glimmering Christmas tree. The tiles are equally spirited, picturing holiday goodies such as snowflakes, reindeer, sleigh bells, and mistletoe.
Other holiday puzzles include a bunch of bubble-shooters (those are really fun!) and Monkey Go Happy games. The Xmas-themed bubble-shooters are similar to Christmas Mahjong. The gameplay remains true to the original, but the graphics are 100% Christmas! The Monkey Go Happy Xmas puzzles are unique and challenging—so much so, that your family could easily spend hours playing together.
Poki’s Christmas collection is home to many wintry adventures. There are games for those young and not so young (that means we parents can play, too!). In fact, there are holiday-themed action games that I never knew existed. How about a game where Santa Claus flies a rocket to outer space? It sounds crazy, and it is crazy fun!
Those are just a few of the top items on my Christmas to-do-with-the-family list this year. If you have any thoughts, feel free to share them below, and we can all have the happiest of holidays!
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