It’s the last week before the Christmas holiday. What will you be doing this week to gear up for the holidays? Here are four great last minute fun crafts and activities for you and your family to get ready for the holidays.
Make a Wreath – There are so many fun ways to make a wreath. If you and your family haven’t done so, make a wreath for the door or the kitchen or somewhere fun – even your homeschool room. You can make one out of coffee filters, your Christmas cards that you have received or even out of a paper plate. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just have fun and make a fun wreath this week to gear up for Christmas.
Make a Homemade Nativity – If Christmas is your thing, make a homemade nativity. We chose one that we could color and use toilet paper rolls as stands so we could enact the story but whatever works for you. Again, it doesn’t have to be a keepsake, just something for the kids to make while you discuss the Christmas story. It can be as simple as something with Popsicle sticks, tissue paper to look like stained glass, or one to cut and color (this is what we did).
Make some Yummy Treats – Who doesn’t love Christmas treats? This week, get a head start on your Christmas baking and bake up some yummy treats. Either homemade gifts or cookies for Santa. Maybe you could even make some cookies or treat to share with a friend or neighbor and share some holiday cheer. Whatever it is, get the kids involved, make a mess in the kitchen, and have a great time with the kids making yummy holiday treats! Consider some strawberry Santas, a fun Snowman snack for the kids, or some Reindeer cookies.
Read a Fun Christmas Story – Cuddling up with the kids and reading a Christmas story is great family fun. After doing your normal Advent devotions and Bible stories, consider some of these fun Christmas stories for the whole family to enjoy. You might enjoy some of The Familyman Advent stories like Cootie McKay’s Nativity (we loved it). We love The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson or you might enjoy The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg.
No matter what you decide to do, you may find that just spending some time this week having fun as a family will bring the holidays to life. Many of us have been “gearing up for the holidays” for weeks. Even if you have, some of this tried and true holiday activities can make your countdown to Christmas that much more special.
What are you doing this week to get ready for the holidays?