Tips For Keeping Kids Calm On Christmas Eve
It's nearly Christmastime! If you have kids at home, you know how the excitement is building. By Christmas Eve, they're bouncing off the walls in anticipation. But this year, help them take it easy. The best way to do that is by keeping them busy. Here are a few ideas to help your family enjoy a peaceful Christmas Eve.
A tired kid is usually not a hyper kid, and nothing tires out kids like fresh air and exercise. You can dress the family dog up in his winter pet clothing and play with him out in the yard. Or you can schedule an outdoor activity with another family. If you live in a snowy climate, go sledding or have a snowball fight. No snow? Play soccer or touch football.
Bake Cookies For Santa
Channel their excess energy into mixing dough, cutting out shapes, popping trays into the oven and decorating with frosting and sprinkles. Under your watchful eye, even your three-year-old can join in (if only with the sprinkles). And they'll be so proud of the results when they set out their cookies and milk for Santa.
Have Family Fun Night
Do all the things you like to do together as a family. Play games, read stories, watch a movie, or thumb through photo albums of Christmas past. If your family is musical, gather around the piano and sing carols. If your group is crafty, have some projects ready. Check out the award-winning website, Northpole.com, that's full of stories, games and craft ideas for families at Christmastime.
Track Santa's Progress
Several times during the evening, log on to see where Santa is on his journey around the globe. Since 1955, the Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD, has sponsored a report of Santa's progress around the world. It started as a radio broadcast that moved to TV and is now online at an official site. It not only follows Santa, but also includes games, stories, videos and music. It becomes active on December 1.
Go For A Car Ride
Tour your neighborhood (or a more brightly lit one) to view the holiday decorations. Many people go all out and decorate their homes in a big way. It's fun to see houses colorfully lit up with animated figures out on the lawn. As a bonus, riding in the car is soothing to kids. In fact, it's recommended for lulling a fussy baby to sleep. If you're lucky, you might even be able to carry your snoozing little ones right up to bed.