With the holidays quickly approaching, your family has many opportunities to celebrate and prepare together. However, as you look for ways to involve kids in holiday preparations, it can be perplexing to find activities that the whole family will enjoy. Here are some specific ways to enjoy the time leading up to the holidays together.
Whether you go all out in your holiday decorations or tend more toward minimalism, there are ways to involve your children. If you decorate a tree, your kids will love to help you hang the ornaments on the tree. If you only have ornaments that are not kid-friendly, your child can use candy canes and pipe cleaners to make their own. And creating decorations extends further than the tree. Any number of craft supplies can be made into holiday decor, ranging from paper snowflakes to window scenes full of cheer. However you decide to decorate your home, involving your child in the process helps them feel connected to you and to the celebration.
Holiday treats are a beloved tradition, and your child will love joining you in the creative process. Remember, you don’t need to be a gourmet pastry chef to make tasty treats with your child. You can purchase cookie dough at any grocery store or make no-bake recipes like crispy rice and marshmallow squares. A few holiday sprinkles will make your creations extra festive. To spread the holiday cheer, package the treats you make and share them with neighbors, friends, and relatives.
Frisco is full of community events around the holidays. Christmas in the Square runs from November 23 – December 31 this year, from 6-10 pm each night. This community attraction includes a Christmas tree lot, a trackless train, and over 175,000 Christmas lights set to music. Attendance is free to the public. Additionally, the Skate the Square outdoor ice skating rink will be open November 23 – January 7.
Another free holiday event for families is the 2nd Annual Christmas at The Star. Every Friday and Saturday from November 23 – December 22, locals can enjoy music and dance performances. The official Star tree lighting takes place on November 23 at 6 pm and is free for all. Additionally, your child can meet and take photos with Santa by booking a time slot in advance on The Star website.
While the glitz and glamour of the season are fun and exciting, generosity and kindness are truly the heart of the holidays. One of the sweetest ways to involve kids in holiday preparations is to invite them into your gift-giving. Ask your children to help you choose or make gifts for loved ones. They can also give good input about gifts for their teachers or friends. If possible, you can take this opportunity to participate in one of the many service-oriented programs available. The Salvation Army conducts the Angel Tree toy drive across the country, and many other local groups have similar programs. As your children create and prepare to bless others, they will be learning the true spirit of the holidays.
Sometimes the holidays feel like a blur. They come faster than we expect and are gone before we know it. With children in the equation, it’s important to be intentional so that the whole family can prepare and celebrate together. Hopefully, some of these ways to involve kids in holiday preparations will help your family do exactly that. Are you looking for childcare that will assist you in prioritizing the generosity and love of the holidays? Look no further than Legacy Academy Frisco, where our top priority is to help children become the best version of themselves. Call or visit today.