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There are so many ways to enjoy the holidays with your kids! Of course, there is celebration after celebration at school – from plays, feasts, and parties, they will never end up bored there, but what about when you get home? While on Thanksgiving and Christmas break, it is easy to sit your kids in front of the television, but it is more important to take time to spend with them and fill your day with some fun and educational activities and crafts! It shouldn’t be hard to come up with ideas because there are so many of them out there on the internet and my blog too ! Here are some of my favorite ways to get kids off the couch and involved with holiday activities .
Simple ways to enjoy Holidays with Family while managing a business
This is a great, fun way to start the holidays off and it will take up a lot of time. Turn some music on, pull out your decorations, and get started! A great way to make this last longer is by adding in some fun details. You can make crafts (more on this in a minute), make a Christmas music playlist, decorate the Christmas tree, make snacks, and to end the night, you could even turn on a Christmas movie (yes, I know this list is supposed to get kids off the couch, but everyone needs a Christmas movie once and awhile!).
Cook and Bake Together
Plan out your Thanksgiving and Christmas menus and let the kids help you cook! Since we are a vegetarians, I love this vegetarian Thanksgiving menu and the great part about it is that there is so much to choose from and some of it can be done ahead of time, it teaches your kids cooking skills and you will be stress-free on Thanksgiving day – it’s really a win-win!
Every year we bake cookies as a family at my sisters home. Baking cookies is another great way to bond with kids while they learn to measure and mix the flours. After baking a batch of cookies , we have a decorating station with sprinkles, colored sugar and some simple icing in different colors for piping .
There are so many Thanksgiving and Christmas crafts available out there – just check Pinterest for inspiration! Some of my favorite ideas for Thanksgiving are making a Thankful tree, creating a footprint turkey, making fall slime, and disguise turkey school project. For Christmas, I love the idea of making Cards , ornaments, and popcorn garlands for Christmas tree. You can check my blog for tips to get through holiday season , Christmas traditions & Christmas gifts ! Sometimes I even buy Readymade Craft kits that are easy to make with simple instructions. I try to stock up a variety of craft kits that my son can make without any help .During the holidays , when Iam busy cooking , I find these kits very helpful. My favorite places to shop for these crafts kits are any craft stores or Target . If you love shopping online, then Oriental Trading is the one I recommend.
In my opinion, Volunteering is extremely important for kids to learn about because it teaches them not only about giving back, but also shows them that there are a lot of people out there that are not as fortunate as they are.
We as family have volunteered at local Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and at the Bethesda Mission to serve food to the homeless .This is a great way to teach kids about hard work, love, and the power of helping.
According to parents.com, The benefits are enormous. Volunteering teaches even toddlers and preschoolers about compassion, empathy, tolerance, gratitude, and community responsibility. Look in your area and see what programs are available to help out – they are always looking for help! You could even make a family decision on where you are going to volunteer. Parents.com has a list of 10 ways that you can volunteer, on their website to get you started.
My son removing leaves from large cauliflowers at Central Pennsylvania Food bank .
Indoor Play Place or Outdoor playground
Okay, this is always a given during a holiday break. The playground will have so many kids available to play with your kids and it gets them exercise! If you are in need of a short break to get some work done, the playground or a indoor playplace is where to head! A lot of places now have wifi, so you can get a few tasks done. Every year we make a trip to the mall play place and also Macy’s store, they have a big red letterbox where you can drop a letter to Santa.For each letter collected in stores through Christmas Eve, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million, to help grant wishes for children battling serious illnesses.
Speaking of work, I know how hard it is to get things done when the holidays are close and school is out – it seems like you can never get anything done! Don’t be afraid to do what you need to do, in order to spend the much needed time with your kids. Managing a website is hard work during the holidays and I can never do it all. That’s why this year, I was considering finding help. There are many ways to get help with your work. For example, Local SEO NJ agency, NJ SEO, helps website owners rank their websites on search engines. This is essential for those wanting to run a successful business or blog. NJ SEO is the number one marketing agency in New Jersey. They offer services like social media marketing, website design, link building and content, organic long term SEO, and more. This family-run, veteran owned company led by Matt Anton and Dan Anton. Matt runs the New Jersey branch of NJ SEO and was the former marketing manager for Liberty Travel, managing a 250k budget each month. With Matt and Dan’s skilled combined, along with their team of 27 individuals, you are guaranteed to get the best experience possible.
Matt and his daughter
This step to hire someone to work this holiday will help me spend quality time with family . What are your favorite family holiday activities ? Share your valuable thoughts on family holiday fun while managing a Business or blog .