The Christmas holidays are almost upon us. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found the Christmas holidays to be the hardest of them all. Sure, the summer holidays are six weeks long, but my ex takes two of my children for half of that time and by the time we factor in Green Gathering and my birthday, there isn’t a great deal left we need to plan for.
Christmas, however? It’s like a pressure cooker, bubbling over until the big day.
“Is he here yet?”
“What are we doing today?”
“OMG I’m just too excited!”
Inevitably this results in tensions rising, kids fighting and me crying into the stew I’m making because the kids are climbing the walls and it’s too early to crack open the Baileys Almande. Have kids, they said. It will be fun, they said.
How to keep the kids entertained in the Christmas holidays
Make festive decorations and cards. An easy, classic Christmas activity. Pinterest has got your back.
Read: The night before Christmas is one of our absolute faves. We love to get a pile of Christmas books from the library to read. That way, we get different books every year!
Get outside for a winter walk or six. Wrap up warm and get out there as often as you can, for as long as you can. In the UK, everyone struggles to produce enough vitamin D in the winter months. Getting outside as often as you can is good for you in more ways than one!
Panto. Who doesn’t love a Christmas panto?
Visit a Christmas market. Whenever we go to a vegan market, I give the kids £5 each to spend. They have lots of fun looking at all the stalls and deciding what they want to spend their money on. If they’re lucky, they might negotiate extra money in exchange for a tidy bedroom! We’re going to be doing the same with the local Christmas market this year.
Cwtch up with your favourite Christmas films and some blankets. Our favourite films are The Polar Express and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and we watch them every year.
Make some “After Dinner” microwave mug brownies. The recipe is pretty foolproof – one way or another you’re getting chocolate, cakey goodness – but PLEASE have your children take care. They’re very hot coming out of the microwave.
Write Christmas cards. Somehow I forget to do this most years. I am rubbish with cards. That said, in years past I’ve loved chilling with some Christmas tunes while writing out cards and my little ones have too.
Watch some old family videos. We have some of the Christmas concerts on DVD as well as some family videos from Christmastime past.