19 Things to Do During Christmas Break

By Laureen Miles Brunelli for the spruce.com

As crazy as the days leading up to Christmas can be, it’s easy to let the time slip away without capitalizing on all the extra hours with your children. Simply keeping your kids busy while you work at home may be one important goal, but these ideas will help you also get the most out of your Christmas break and allow you to make some memories along the way.

1.Deck the Halls

Paper snowflakes
 The Spruce / Margot Cavin

No one is as enthusiastic about holiday decorating as kids are! Channel their up-for-anything attitude and enlist them to help you deck the halls in time for December 25. Be sure to task them with something fun but not fragile, like cutting out paper snowflakes or hanging up window decals. You can also invite them to craft up their own Christmas decorations like paper chains to hang atop your mantel or down your banister.

2.Showcase Your Talents

Deck the Halls sheet music and microphone for talent show
 The Spruce / Margot Cavin

Encourage your kid’s creativity—and perhaps discover the next musical superstar—with a family talent show. This fun activity is great for all ages—you can either encourage your kids to practice themselves and then perform for you after dinner or get in on the fun yourselves with your own acts. From karaoke and lip-syncing to dancing and juggling, anything goes!

Your family talent show can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. This might mean sets, costumes, an original script, and live music—or none of that at all. If your kids aren’t born performers, encourage those with stage fright to direct, built a set, or choose costumes.

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