Picture your home on Christmas Day. The presents are all opened and the feast digested. The house is still decorated with Christmas lights, glass baubles, Waratah flowers, little Ulurus, and a team of six white kangaroos pulling Santa’s sleigh. Before taking everything down, however, there are several ways to make the special season last a little longer. While the family is off from work and school, take advantage of this holiday time to prepare for the new year and enjoy some creative adventures together.
Packing up camping gear and exploring the great outdoors has become a popular choice for Christmas Day, since many people have time off and the weather is usually perfect. Put together a picnic basket of cold meats, crackers, and snacks for the day, along with marshmallows for the campfire that night. Christmas camping is so popular with families around the country right now that many operate on a ballot system only, so get your request in early this year.
It’s becoming a new Australian tradition to set up the grill and let the kids play in the surf on Christmas Day. Many beaches have outlawed alcohol to make for more of a family friendly environment. Prawns, crayfish, and chicken are popular options for adults. An ice chest filled with Christmas desserts – such as pavlova and panettone – are sure to be a hit with kids.
Create Arts and Crafts
Children want more than toys and candy; they want to involve the whole family in some creative and constructive play. With just a few simple arts and crafting supplies such as paint, fabric, and various colours of ribbon, the entire crew can come together this Christmas to make something that will last forever – or at least some lasting memories.
Christmas Hand Wreaths
Give finger painting a holiday theme. Children love dipping their hands in red or green paint and imprinting their palms on plain white paper. Rotate the paper after each print and their hands will form a red-and-green wreath. Then they can add glitter glue, buttons, ribbons, or stickers and hang up their creations, or put them away for next year.
Before embarking on a Christmas camping adventure or beach expedition, the family can kick off the day decorating a picnic blanket for the occasion. Children can use fabric crayons to colour holiday designs or write messages on white polyester fabric and sew them onto an old blanket.
The traditional Christmas meal includes crackers, and kids love making these. Learning how to make them at home is a fun activity for the whole crew. Kids love to decide what goes inside of these crackers, and even making the wrapping can be an exciting endeavour. These make the perfect ending to an unforgettable Christmas meal.
Most stores will be closed on Christmas Day and the big sales will start on Boxing Day. That’s why this is the perfect time to shop online for special deals on the presents that everyone wanted but didn’t get. Kids can get an impromptu lesson on reading, math, and computer skills while you look for whatever Santa forgot. This is also a great time to find decent prices on practical items that you need but aren’t likely to receive, like kitchen appliances.
Sell Old Items
If you receive a new laptop for Christmas, what are you going to do with the old one? Simply throwing it away would be a waste. Luckily, online auctions sites like eBay are the modern equivalent of the garage sale, and they provide an easy way to help pay for the holiday season by turning clutter into shopping fuel. This helps teach kids the value of reuse. Help them go through the toy box and find treasures that other little boys and girls might enjoy. In the end, children will be reminded of the true spirit of Christmas.