One of the best things about the holiday season is all of the time you get to spend with your family and loved ones, creating memories and carrying out traditions. As you bring children into your yearly Christmas traditions, it’s natural for some of your traditions and plans to change as your life does. Adding and omitting traditions and holiday trends through the years is normal. But there are also fun ways to incorporate your children into your Christmas decorating traditions this holiday season.
Gingerbread houses are a family friendly way to decorate and have fun. You can purchase gingerbread house kits or make the gingerbread materials yourself. A fun way to let your children express themselves is to let them each decorate their own houses, and maybe even host a little gingerbread house decoration contest. Bonus to gingerbread houses? They’re a pretty delicious decoration.
Having a holiday wreath on your front door to welcome guests in is a great way to show your guests your festive holiday spirit. There are a lot of different ways that you can make a wreath. The great thing about making your own wreath is that it’s entirely customizable, a lot easier than you’d think, and very kid friendly. The first thing you’ll need is a material for the base. Fronds and branches are great for this. And then, from there, it’s just a matter of decorations. You can use things like burlap, christmas ornaments, monogram letters, or even christmas lights, to really make your holiday wreath special, unique, and festive. Read here to get more ideas for wreaths you can make yourself.
Other yard decor
Making a holiday wreath is just the beginning of your potential home exterior christmas decorations. DIY yard decor can be as simple or extravagant as you want it to be. Have your kids help your string colorful lights around a few bushes or shrubs. Another fun decoration idea is to make homemade lumineers. Cut designs into the sides of brown paper lunch sacks, and then fill the bottom of the sacks with sand. Place artificial tea lights in the sand, and then use these homemade lumineers to decorate! A great way to use them is to line your walkway with them.
Make your own ornaments
Ornaments tend to break pretty easily once you have children running around. A great way to cut the cost of having to constantly replace your Christmas ornaments every year, is to have the whole family participate in ornament making activities. Not only will the whole family have fun, but you’ll save money. And your children will give the Christmas tree a little wider berth as they run around, because they’ll be proud of the ornaments that they made and won’t want to break them. A few fun homemade ornaments to make with your family include: salt dough ornaments, no cook cinnamon ornaments, pom-pom ornaments made from old t shirts, ribbons, and ornaments that are made from felt.
Paper snowflakes to hang in the window
There are few things that fill a child with wonder as much as realizing something that they helped create is beautiful and can serve a purpose. One of the least expensive Christmas decorations that you and your children can make, is paper snowflakes. Distribute safe, kid-friendly scissors to your children, and let them cut designs into paper triangles. Once unfolded, they’ll be beautiful paper snowflakes. One of the best way to create these snowflakes, is to start with a square piece of paper. Fold that square in half diagonally, to create a triangle. Repeat this step two more times, and then begin cutting designs into the paper! After the snowflakes are finished, you can tape them up onto walls or windows. Or, you can tape/glue them onto fishing wire, and then hang the fishing wire from the ceiling. This will create an illusion of falling snow.
Keep it simple
The key to including your kids in your Christmas decorations, is to keep it simple. You don’t have to have your entire home decked out with Christmas lights that will make your electricity bill skyrocket, in order to be festive and spread the holiday spirit. Do-It-Yourself decor projects are fun, and will give you a chance to bring the whole family together to create something beautiful and festive.