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How to Keep Kids Occupied While Still Celebrating the Season

Your kids are out of school for two weeks.  They’re bored.  What can you do?  Below is a list of a few suggestions for things your kids can do, with your supervision, to participate in the joys and celebrations of the season.

  • Read the Christmas story and discuss what life must have been like for Mary and Joseph (and their contemporaries as well) or what life events back then have done for life events of today (and tomorrow)
  • Participate in a living nativity scene or a reenactment of the birth of Christ
  • Go Christmas caroling with a group of friends (make sure to carol at local nursing homes as well as at the homes of your friends and family members)
  • Learn to play Christmas carols on the piano or other instruments that your kids may play and have access to
  • Go on a sleigh ride and roast chestnuts on an open fire
  • Go to see “The Nutcracker Ballet”
  • Volunteer at a non-profit organization that has seasonal activities (i.e., programs that distribute donated gifts to impoverished families, soup kitchens that offer holiday meals, etc.)
  • Bake seasonal treats such as gingerbread men and decorated sugar cookies
  • Host a gift-making activity for their friends (gift-making can include paper mache, ceramics, paintings, and other items that your kids and their friends can make as gifts for their loved ones)
  • Host a Christmas ornament-making or card-making activity for their friends
  • Attend seasonal programs and events in the community, church, and school system
  • Go on a car ride to look at all the pretty Christmas lights and displays in the community

This season abounds with opportunities to do fun, exciting, and often spiritual activities.  In the midst, however, don’t forget to remember the reason for the season, be responsive to those in need, and observe moments of quiet reflection of gratitude and wonder.

Merry Christmas to you and your family from all of us at Nannies4hire.com.

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