Family Fun for the Holidays

Family Fun for the Holidays

December is a time of celebration! Whether your celebration honors Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or simply the joy of family togetherness, these are special days. To help make your time with family even more memorable, we’ve got some ideas for you.

  • A gratitude tree – The moms from Show Me Crafts had a great idea for a family project – a gratitude tree. With your children, find a branch to use as your tree. On tags, write down or draw pictures of things you are thankful for and hang the tags on your tree. You might be surprised at what your kids come up with. The daughter of one of the crafty moms said she was grateful for toilet paper!

  • Volunteering – It’s never too early to teach your kids about giving, and the lessons can last a lifetime. Consider volunteering as a family – at a soup kitchen, for a toy or coat drive, at a homeless shelter, or adopting a needy family or a lonely senior citizen. To find worthy causes near you, check out JustServe, or the Lion’s Club.

  • Your family story – For most of us, the holidays are all about family, and often include those we don’t see very often. Take advantage of extended family gatherings to learn more about where you came from. Have children interview parents and grandparents about their earlier lives and ancestors. Add to their stories by doing some online research, put it together and create a family tree. DNA kits that are given as gifts this year will help you add to your family story next year.

  • How about a family talent show? Work together to plan the show, costumes, judging, and prizes. This can be especially fun if you’re a particularly untalented family – maybe a prize for the worst performance?

  • Around the world – As a family, learn how cultures around the world celebrate the holidays. You could highlight a different country each year. Maybe start with Finland, where live reindeer actually roam!

  • Holidays are a great time for family trips! How about a visit to the World’s Largest Toy Museum? It’s in Branson, Missouri, and houses over a million toys from the 19th century to the present day. And its theme park, Silver Dollar City, is a holiday spectacular with more than 6 million lights and seasonal shows. Bedecked for the holidays, nearby Big Cedar Lodge resembles a quaint gingerbread village, offering bonfires, ice skating and dozens of other holiday activities.

  • As if their delectable chocolate isn’t enough, Hersheypark Christmas Candylane®, in Hershey, PA, is decked out with four million lights, live reindeer, and 45 rides and attractions for all ages. The Hershey Lodge offers a fantastic indoor waterpark, a museum, and an amazing evening drive through 2 miles of wooded trails with 600 lighted displays. (Shop-Vac® is headquartered in PA, too. Stop by and say hi!