I’ll admit it – it was a lot easier preparing my heart to be alone on Christmas than it was to actually be alone on Christmas.
Okay – I wasn’t technically alone: I had my kids with me. But a 14-month old and an almost 3 year old do not really understand Christmas.
After the initial depression wore off, I decided I needed to be proactive and come up with a plan of distraction. Ever been there?
After a fun Facebook post where people shared their ideas, this is what we came up with!
10 Activities to do With Your Littles When You’re Home Alone on Christmas
1. Stagger the gifts / Play hide the gift. As soon as you see that the kids are on gift overload, stop opening gifts and save the rest for later – along with the stockings.
The idea of Hide the Gift was shared with my by a long-time friend. Take little slips of paper and write “clues” on them and hide them all around the house while they are sleeping. You may have to read them. But they’ll think it is great fun to go hunting.<
2. Make Christmas pancakes for lunch Since its just you and the kids, you don’t have to bother with a big spread. Another friend suggested this, borrowing from the Christmas sandwiches I blogged about earlier.
3. Play with snow Throw cotton balls all over the living room and play with “snow”. Another idea is to give them a bucket and spoons and let them try to scoop as many into the bucket as they can.
4. Favorite Christmas Movies I usually start this on Christmas Eve. I pull out all of our Christmas movies (and non-Christmas Christmas ones like Sound of Music and Mary Poppins) and do a Christmas movie marathon.
5. Play Wrap Up Gifts This was another fun idea shared by a long-time friend. Give the kids gift bags and tissue paper and let them “wrap gifts”.
6. Sing and Record Christmas Songs Make or give your kids an instrument and sing our favorite Christmas carols with them. Turn on the camera and record yourselves. Then play them back. Kids absolutely love to watch themselves on TV. Make your own instruments, too. Here is an idea shared by a good friend: Milk Jug Shakers – put plastic spoons in a milk jug and let them have at it!
7. Frozen Bubbles Blow bubbles outside and watch them freeze on the grass. You can even make Christmas colored ones by adding food coloring.
8. Switch out toys Make room for their new toys by boxing up some old ones and putting them away for another time.
9. Go for a walk Take a nice long walk with your kids and while you’re out, share some of your baked goodies with a neighbor or two. If its snowing out, make a snowman or have a snowball fight. Just enjoy the fresh outdoors!
10.Bath Time. After all that fun and stimulation, kids need to wind down. The best wind-down activity is a nice long bath. Kids love water play – so fill the tub with warm water and a bunch of bathtub toys and let them have fun. After the bath, a nice rub down with bedtime lotion will ensure that they fall asleep in record time.
A Moment for Mommy
After they go to bed – grab a cup of hot apple cider and a good book or a Hallmark Christmas movie and relax. Or do something you’ve wanted to do for a long time but have never had time for. (And that does not mean vacuum, dust, or straighten the house. Today is Christmas – leave the cleaning for tomorrow!
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