Family Christmas fun

Having some family fun around Christmas is great for bonding and releasing some of the end-of-year pressures we all face.

I started a list of fun ideas when posting about making family happy at Christmas, but here are some more ideas:

  1. perform for each other – play music, sing songs, do skits, etc where the aim is the entertainment rather than be sensible or polished
  2. set challenges for each other – who can be silent for the longest, avoid touching wood or metal, stand on one leg, hold their breath longest, etc
  3. spend an evening without power – see how creative everyone gets when there is no computer or TV
  4. cook togetherGirl in Santa hat cooking and laughing
  5. tell stories
  6. read books out loud
  7. play in a playground – parents, too!
  8. get outside and play cricket, chasey or whatever game takes your fancy
  9. have a picnic in a park or at the beach – even better, have a picnic somewhere special to your family
  10. watch a movie outdoors – various parks offer this now or try setting up your own in the front yard!
  11. look through photo albums or home movies – remember people and events you share as a family. Take it further and create scrapbooks or albums together
  12. do impersonations – start with relatives and move onto celebrities
  13. play Christmas songs on your musical instruments (turn off the electronic music options for a couple of hours!)

The emphasis is on fun so let everyone be a bit silly – in fact, you could almost make that the only rule (you must have fun and be silly!)

What other things could families do for fun? What does your family do to relax together?

Silly family things

Happy children dancing in Christmas costumes

Christmas children dancing and laughing

We spend Christmas Eve doing silly things as a family!

It started when our kids were little but we all love it so it’s kept going – our kids are now grownup and bring along boyfriends and wives, too. The new comers find it a bit strange at first but soon they’re hooked – it’s a lovely way to relax before the big day and it really gets us feeling good and happy to be together.

Being silly on Christmas Eve is great family fun!Click To Tweet

A lot of it is just silliness that follows when you laugh a lot but some things we do are:

  • think up lots of alternative reindeer names for Santa or give each other reindeer names
  • tie pillows around our tummies and say ho ho ho a lot
  • someone usually finds something silly at a discount shop and we all take turns wearing it and acting to suit – so we get snooty with a feather boa or have a twang with a cowboy hat
  • read out spoonerisms (where parts of words are swapped around in a story e.g. Santa’s sleigh skies through the fly)
  • having staring competitions
  • sing silly songs (like ‘next verse, same as the first, a little bit louder and a little bit worse’)
picture of little girl drawing a star on a face of her father

Drawing on a parent’s face probably counts as silly!

  • tell tall tales where one person starts the story and stops mid sentence for someone else to continue on

We’re always keen for more silliness so bring on your ideas please!!!!!

* Images courtesy of Love Santa and ximagaination (at 123rf)

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