Deck the Halls: Fun Holiday Family Activities

December 14, 2023 by Kenmore

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With the holiday season upon us, what better way to celebrate than by coming together as a family to enjoy some fun and festive projects? In the spirit of making memories that last a lifetime, we’ve gathered a list of delightful holiday family activities that will not only bring joy to your home but also strengthen the bonds that make your family unique.

So, dust off your craft supplies and roll up your sleeves, because it’s time to get creative!

Get the whole crew involved

It’s important to get the whole family involved in preparing and decorating for the holidays.  Each of these holiday family activities can help get your must-do’s done… and transform the “doing” into shared quality family time.

Make your own wrapping paper

Woman making her own wrapping paper

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Here’s an easy project for you and the kiddos to do together, one that adds personal style to all your gift packages.

🎄 Buy large rolls of butcher paper at the craft store. Pick up finger paints, glue, glitter, colored tissue paper or whatever inspires you.

🎁 Cut the paper to suit the dimensions of your gifts.

✨ Decorate! Have your child make hand prints, create a “stained glass” mosaic with tissue paper, or draw snowflakes with glue and sprinkle with glitter.

🎅 Kids can use this same technique to make a fun tablecloth for the kid’s table at family gatherings.

Holiday-up your home

Decorated Holiday Living Room

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Making just a few seasonal decorative choices in every room can make a big difference in the festive character of your home, and spark joy all season long!

🌟 In the kitchen — Replace towels, dinnerware and flower arrangements with seasonal pieces.

❄️ Bathrooms — Select festive soaps, towels and bath mats.

🎅 Kids’ rooms — Encourage each of your kids to decorate their room in a theme they love.

🎄 Living areas — Select a color palette and use it everywhere, from the tree and wrapping paper to placemats and accent pieces.

🎁 Dining room – Create a mood and set the tone! Display your best china and flatware; turn down the lights and add candlelight.

✨ Master bedroom — Add a dash of coziness with seasonal flowers, mistletoe and scented linen spray on your flannel sheets.

Homemade ornaments extravaganza

Kids making ornaments as a family holiday activity

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There’s nothing quite like decorating the tree with ornaments that tell a story. Gather the family for a homemade ornament extravaganza! Set up a crafting station with plain ornaments, paint, glitter, and various craft supplies.

Encourage each family member to design their own ornament, reflecting their personality and the spirit of the season. Whether it’s handprints on a ceramic ball, a snowman made from popsicle sticks, or a garland of dried fruits, these personalized ornaments will add a special touch to your tree and serve as cherished keepsakes for years to come.

Gingerbread house decorating contest

gingerbread house

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Turn your kitchen into a gingerbread wonderland with a friendly family competition! Purchase or bake gingerbread house kits and let everyone’s imagination run wild as they decorate their own masterpieces.

Set up a judging panel, complete with scorecards and festive prizes for the most creative, most festive, and most delicious creations. The best part? After the contest, you’ll have a sweet village of gingerbread houses to adorn your holiday table or share with friends and neighbors.

Pep up your pet’s seasonal style

dog laying in a holiday styled bed

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Create a stylish, pet-friendly space at home for the holidays. After all, they’re part of the family too!

🎄 Decorate your pet’s area with colors from your décor for consistent and elegant style.

🎁 Buy monogrammed bedding for your furry friend. Or, open and fill a piece of vintage luggage with cushy pillows for inexpensive comfort and style.

✨ Choose food bowls that complement the bedding you’ve selected. Consider antique bowls or other unique pieces.

🎅 Designate a “personalized” basket for holding pet toys.

DIY Holiday Wreaths

Woman making a holiday wreath

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Deck the halls with DIY holiday wreaths crafted by your family’s creative touch. Visit a local craft store or gather natural materials from your surroundings, such as pine cones, berries, and twigs.

Set up a crafting area and let each family member design their own unique wreath. Whether you opt for a traditional evergreen wreath or a more modern and eclectic design, the process of creating together will undoubtedly add a festive flair to your home’s decor.

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Memories that last a lifetime

family holiday activities

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In the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle, these family projects offer the perfect opportunity to slow down, connect, and create lasting memories. Remember, it’s not about the perfection of the finished product but the joy and laughter shared during the process. So, gather your loved ones, unleash your creativity, and celebrate the spirit of the season with these heartwarming holiday family activities!

Happy holidays, from our family to yours!

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