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Merry Making: 50 Things To Do With Kids In December

November 14, 2011

50 Things To Do With Kids in December:

  1. Go out and look at Christmas lights
  2. Bake cookies
  3.  Pick out and put up the Christmas Tree
  4. Decorate the Christmas Tree
  5. Make an Ice Wreath
  6.  Make Cinnamon Applesauce and/or Salt Dough ornaments
  7.  Make and decorate gingerbread houses
  8.  Sing Christmas Songs
  9.  Visit Santa
  10.  Buy and donate toys for Toys For Tots
  11.  Help to wrap presents for friends and family
  12.  Act out the Christmas story
  13.  Make Reindeer Food
  14.  Make homemade Christmas color/glitter play dough (and scent it with peppermint) to give to friends
  15.  Make and decorate gingerbread people
  16.  Make popcorn and cranberry garland
  17.  Go on a sleigh ride
  18.  Make paper chains for the Christmas tree
  19.   Write a letter to Santa
  20.  Watch a holiday movie
  21.   Check out holiday books at the library
  22.  Leave out shoes for St. Nicholas
  23. Eat Candy Canes
  24. Hang stockings on the mantle or banister
  25. Put out the Nativity Scene
  26. Address and Mail holiday cards
  27. Pick a special family ornament for the year
  28. Make a special plate for Santa’s cookies and the reindeer’s carrots
  29. Go to see The Nutcracker
  30. Go to a holiday parade
  31. Go to a candy store for a holiday treat
  32. Tie bells with ribbons and hang them around the house
  33. Make cards and gifts for teachers
  34. Go to the dollar store and pick gifts for family
  35. Make special cards to send to cousins
  36.  Have a Random Acts of Kindness Day(s)
  37. Make cards to send to troops or to bring to a nursing home
  38.  Grocery shop just to take to a food bank or donation boxes
  39. Learn a Christmas song on the guitar or piano
  40.  Make a present for Santa
  41. Celebrate the Winter Solstice
  42. Make Winter Tea
  43. Make/Put out food for birds and squirrels
  44. Make orange and clove pomanders
  45. Look through favorite Christmas Cards from friends and family from years past
  46. Start a garland or photo album with your own family holiday cards from years past
  47. Prep and freeze a special breakfast for Christmas morning
  48. Make hot chocolate balls
  49. Make snow globes
  50. Do research on holiday traditions around the world and choose one to add to family traditions

*Inspired by my friend Maggie, who posted on Facebook that she wanted to think of one activity to do with her boys each day for Advent.

I’d love to hear your favorite holiday activities in the comments! This started as a list planning one thing to do each day with the kids during Advent, but it turned into more as I started to try to compile.  I also realize that this list mostly centers around Christmas-related activities, since that’s what our family celebrates, so I’d especially love to hear about traditions for other special holidays during this season of celebration.

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for stopping by via links from Worpress! Please make sure that you read the comments for even more fun ideas from readers:)

156 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2011 9:55 am

    Great ideas! I’m glad I came across this today!

  2. December 6, 2011 11:38 am

    Wow, great all around ideas! Parents of kids with autism have trouble finding things to do around this time of the year that involve kids. But many of your ideas are perfect for kids who have barriers, so special thank-you! And congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    • December 6, 2011 11:48 am

      Hi! You can get the voice activated switch/sensor that is on the voice light boxes at OT that will flash your christmas lights for prosody and other voice characteristics. Try Abilitations company search. Picture cards per day, used like a Christmas chain, help to know what to do and what to expect and what is coming next, as this time of year can have differences in schedule. I dunno what things work well and what the ‘not so much’ categories are for your family. In mine we flip flop depending on..(sometimes a sneeze 😀 )

      When my kiddo was younger I’d also make picture cards on a ring, and place a duplicate onto a new seasonal object, such as music, dvds, books ect. I let him bring me the card and then we’d search in the new object bin area, so he’d have to engage and could learn to suit himself to gain interaction. I told people that came over, to expect him to bring them cards, it was how he would say hello back then. Hope this helps!

  3. December 6, 2011 12:09 pm

    I love these ideas!

  4. December 6, 2011 12:37 pm

    I love your list! Very thoughtful.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. December 6, 2011 12:52 pm

    I’m with you on #47. I always try to make a Christmas eve batch of cinnamon rolls so they’re ready Christmas morning. It’s the best!

  6. angelasoelzerragosa permalink
    December 6, 2011 6:46 pm

    Fantastic List! Merry Christmas!!!

  7. December 6, 2011 8:04 pm

    Might I add something that I did today? research the history of Santa Claus in different cultures, and his evolution over time. For instance, I learned that Santa originally walked about with a donkey, and that his sleigh with reindeer was introduced solely by the book “The Night Before Christmas.”

  8. December 6, 2011 8:15 pm

    Love this list because it’s not too complicated and thoughtful of others. Thanks for posting this. I can always use more ideas to keep kids learning and active!

    • December 6, 2011 8:16 pm

      (Ops, i meant it’s not too complicated, and it’s also thoughtful of others.)

  9. Jules permalink
    December 6, 2011 11:56 pm

    Wow! Great list! I now have lots of ideas on how to make this Christmas extra fun for my kids. Merry Christmas!

  10. December 7, 2011 12:21 am

    Great list! I linked it to my blog–

  11. December 7, 2011 5:09 am

    wow thank you for the idea! This Christmas we make our own Christmas tree ornaments 🙂 and Kids enjoyed in making 🙂


  12. December 7, 2011 9:30 am

    Awesome! We do l

  13. December 7, 2011 9:30 am


  14. December 7, 2011 10:33 am

    Awesome inspirations. I’m definitely using some of those soon!

  15. December 7, 2011 11:26 am

    Awesome! I can’t wait to start preparing to Christmas! Thank you!

  16. December 7, 2011 11:49 am

    Wow! Great list! Looking to do some of those this Christmas! 🙂

  17. December 7, 2011 12:37 pm

    Priceless post! My wife and I are fortunate enough to have 2 weeks off with the kids this year. We’ll be sure to tackle some of these ideas. I wrote last night on ritual and family during this time of year. Merry Christmas!

  18. December 7, 2011 1:41 pm

    This is a great, fun list! Thank you!! I would like to link to this from my blog if that’s OK — I’ve built a site building a community of working mothers — so this fast, easy to do list will be wonderful for them to quickly review for some ideas! Thank you!!!
    – Mama K

  19. December 7, 2011 1:53 pm

    What a fabulous list!

  20. December 8, 2011 1:08 pm

    Reblogged this on braingymdublin and commented:
    Just what I need great ideas thanks .

  21. December 8, 2011 9:00 pm

    I particularly love #50. My husband and I have Polish heritage and your post reminded me that it would be good for our children to experience some of that culture. Bring on Polish food and festivities this Christmas!
    Thanks for a great post and a great list.

  22. knudsens permalink
    December 8, 2011 9:08 pm

    Christmas is a great time to spend with family. My family and me went to visit santa yesterday.

  23. December 9, 2011 7:23 am

    Reblogged this on Just Me and commented:
    Some REALLY cute ideas!

  24. December 9, 2011 4:17 pm

    Great list! Now, I’m just going to have to find me some children so I don’t seem odd doing them. Anyone need a babysitter?

  25. December 12, 2011 7:55 pm

    waw i so want my mom to see this

  26. December 13, 2011 2:19 am

    that is great list to do with my family, I would also if you shared this link for best wineries in California, its not for advertising, I just want share experience with people round US thank you, cheers

  27. kristieenriquez permalink
    December 13, 2011 3:59 pm

    Great ideas! I’m going to share this to my sister who has two lovely daughters and 1 son on the way! 🙂

  28. November 1, 2012 10:59 am

    I love this list. We do lot of it already. My kids love cleaning their shoes for St. Nicholas every year. Even the teenager 🙂

  29. Kim permalink
    November 9, 2012 1:46 pm

    My children are grown up and Christmas hasn’t been the same for a few years now, I decided that I am going to do something different every day of December and this list is brilliant. I can’t wait to get started xxxxx many thanks xxx

  30. Debra permalink
    December 17, 2012 12:05 pm

    Take your kids to help donate items to your localpersonal homeless shelter

  31. January 23, 2013 5:49 am

    “Merry Making: 50 Things To Do With Kids In December ” honestly causes me personally contemplate a somewhat more.
    I really enjoyed every particular part of this post.

    Thanks for your time -Mae

  32. October 30, 2013 11:37 pm

    Thanks for many great ideas. I have a list of our Christmas tradition ideas here:

  33. Marie Demello permalink
    November 11, 2013 10:10 pm

    Omg this is so perfect, my family and I live in Hawaii and we still can do all of these activities.. Loooove it!!!

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  35. November 27, 2014 5:10 pm

    Can’t wait for the big day Christmas is almost here have a Very Merry Christmas wherever you live in the world.

  36. tonya permalink
    December 11, 2014 1:31 pm

    Take a card a friend gave you last year and write how manny years you have been friends . tell them to send it back to you next year and just keep that going .

  37. December 22, 2014 3:25 pm

    If your child got a new pair of sneakers for Christmas, take the time to teach him or her to tie their own shoes.


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