It is the time of year when you are trying desperately to carve out a little family time, but it can feel tense and stressful. My kids go from toddler to college graduate so we have always struggled with doing things as a family where everyone is happy. I’ve done toddlers and tween/teen TWICE!
One of our holiday traditions that the older kids often want to abandon early is going to look at Christmas lights. I have a secret confession, I prefer understated holiday decorations. It was how I was raised and I adore soft white lights and traditional decor. My husband likes Vegas style decorations and LOVES looking at all of the Christmas lights. I love happy hubby and kids so I’m always happy to go and it has become part of what Christmas means to me.
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Keeping everyone in the Christmas spirit.
This year we aren’t going to listen to grumbles or drama because I created a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt to take along with us. This holiday scavenger hunt is designed to keep your older ones busy while the little enjoy seeing the lights and sounds. I know my older kids always enjoy a little competition.
You can have them compete against each other as you drive or walk around. You could divide up by street to see who can get the most. Use your imagination to make it as fun as possible for them.
Don’t forget the hot chocolate or hot cider.
Looking for other holiday ideas?
Over 5 days I give you ideas for hands-on learning that combines science with some of your favorite traditions (and some new traditions to come).
- Apple Butter
- Cranberry Density
- Bath Bombs
- Simple Circuit LED Decorations
- Bridge Building STEM Gift Kit
If your house is full of the nerdy types, like me. I have several gift guides to surprise the geek on your list.
Need some fun ideas to entertain the kids over the winter break or while waiting for meals at holiday gatherings?
This is a set of 25 printable Christmas bingo cards (includes a holiday card bingo set too). You could use these with a large group or just a few kids. Print accordingly. This is a great way to entertain the kids as they are waiting to open presents. Use peppermints as bingo markers!
This set of holiday ideas to use during the season is a great way to help kids keep up with everything you’ve done and help select the activities that they enjoy the most. We don’t have to do everything.
Using some of our favorite Christmas symbols. Grab this set of Triominoes to play games. The best part of this one is that it can be used as 1 player or as many as you want.
I have a Nativity Activity Set as well.
If you are looking for activities to get you all the way through the Christmas season, try this one stop shop! STEAM Kids Christmas Book has 25 activities that you and your kids will love!
Check it out! I’m including a few free bonuses when you purchase through my link.