How to Have a Kid-Friendly Christmas
Christmas is always a special time of year but having children around can make it feel even more magical. Their excitement at waking up in the morning to see what Santa has brought them is always fun to experience, even if they do get you out of bed at the break of dawn! If you are hosting family this year and there will be little ones around, here are some tips on how to have a kid-friendly Christmas that adults will love, too.
Fun and Games
Once the presents have been unwrapped and everyone is dressed after breakfast, it’s good to have some entertainment set up for the whole family to enjoy. Board games can be fun, but younger kids might need something more interactive to keep them entertained. Consider setting up a festive scavenger hunt for them to enjoy around the house with some sweet treats as prizes. If you’re lucky enough to have some snow, you could even host a snowman competition in the backyard, which would be a great way for everyone to get some fresh air, too. Even passing the parcel could make a fun Christmas game and allow someone to bag an extra gift!
Speaking of gifts…you might already have some ideas of what you can get the children in your family, but if there are young babies, you need to be more mindful about what will be safe and suitable for them. In addition to this, you might want to think about buying gifts that the parents will find helpful as baby necessities can be expensive. Ask the parents if there is anything they need or would like before you go shopping, but you can also use this baby holiday gift guide for some inspiration if you want to surprise them with something.
Kids are notorious for being fussy eaters, and even if you have planned a spectacular festive feast for the adults, you need to make sure that there is plenty of food that the kids will enjoy as well. Again, ask parents if there is anything that their children don’t like or have allergies to so that you can prepare the delicious meals that they will love and be safe for them to eat. As another fun activity, you could even consider baking some Christmas cookies or cupcakes with them on Christmas Eve so that they can enjoy them the day after for dessert.
Entertaining films are fun for all the family, but they can also help to encourage some quiet time for the kids so the adults can talk and enjoy a glass of bubbly or two. There will always be plenty of kid-friendly Christmas films showing on TV and streaming services at this time of year, so get your little one to take a vote on which one they want to watch and set up a cozy cinema space for them in your living room or den.
Kids truly do make Christmas more magical, but you do need to keep them happy and entertained. If you are having nieces and nephews are your house this year, use these tips to help you host a kid-friendly Christmas that everyone can enjoy.