5 Holiday Activities Kids Will Remember For A Lifetime

As the holidays draw closer, it’s time to stop for a moment and remember what it is all about – and no, it’s not the crazy shopping and the tree being swamped with gifts. I believe that the holidays are a great excuse to inject even more fun into the day and a perfect time to be making memories, those memories are what your kids will remember at the end of the day. It’s also a time to think about your childhood, what great times stick in your mind? Why were they great and how can you re-create them with your kids. They don’t have to be a carbon copy, just use the threads that made up the memory to build your new ones on.

5 Holiday Activities Kids Will Remember

1. A walk down memory lane

Kids love hearing stories about when you were a kid. So make some cocoa (preferably with marshmallows and a shot of Bailey’s – in your drink, not the kids!), snuggle up on the sofa, and tell them about your favourite holiday memory. Your best Christmas ever or a funny story that happened. Include all the small details, what you could smell, what the weather was like, who was there, what were they wearing? Paint the picture in your child’s mind.

2. Start A Photo Tradition

It doesn’t matter if you start a new tradition when the kids are already in school and not when they were a baby, the fact that you start one is part of the fun. If you have older kids you could ask them for suggestions. One of my clients, Louise has a “Kids, Cats and Christmas tree” photoshoot each year, the kids altogether, holding the cats, in front of the tree. Quick and easy to do and fun to look back on over the years.

3. Make A Video Message

This can be as simple or as complicated as you like. With smartphone technology, it is really easy to make decent videos these days. You can keep it short and sweet, done in one take or do several takes and edit it together. You could even outsource the editing to the kids, it’s a great skill for them to learn. Send your video messages out to friends and family, a lovely way to connect with those you won’t actually see in person over the holidays – and a lovely way for them to know that you are thinking of them.


4. Watch A Film/Movie

OK, I know I’m stating the obvious here BUT… don’t just stick a DVD on and sit down to watch it, make a big deal about it all. How can you make it more special? Serve special movie snacks and drinks, pull the cushions off the sofa and make one giant movie seat on the floor, turn off all the lights for a full movie experience. But most of all, be present, turn of the phone and any other distractions and chill out for a couple of hours, enjoy the kids and the film!

5. Do Something On A Whim

I’m a planner, I like things to be organised and to know what is happening and when. The great thing about that is that it allows me to throw caution to the wind and just do something just because! And this kind of activity makes the best memories…

“Do you remember the time when mom stopped the car so we could jump in the giant snow drifts?”

“What about the time when mom got us up in the middle of the night to go and build a snowman because it was perfect snowman building snow!”

“Or that time we put together food parcels and wrapped them up then went and left them on the doorstep of all the elderly people in the neighbourhood”

Sometimes, just say “Hell yeah, why not” and just doing it beats all the planning in the world.

When you are thinking about what to do with the kids, are the 75 activities you have booked on Pinterest going to create amazing memories? Are you doing it because you feel obliged to (because all my Facebook friends are)? or is it something that is going to be a shitload of fun and something where you can connect and enjoy time with the kids?

These are the traditions that we usually do each year…

  • Make a new tree for our genkan forest, except this year we are making an igloo!
  • Make a gingerbread house, not always edible versions!
  • Go to a local farm to see the ice candles
  • Have a party or meet up with friends on Dec 23rd (national holiday here)
  • Make Christmas cards
  • Watch a movie, snuggled up on the sofa with hot chocolate and mince pies

As Christmas isn’t a holiday here and Ebi-kun is at school usually until around the 23rd, we tend to add other activities into the mix depending on his schedule. Now he gets home later, we don’t have much time in the evenings.


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