Holiday Activity Ideas the Whole Family Will Love
We’ve rounded up our favorite McClure family activities that are sure to bring your holidays’ festive cheer and lots of fun. The holiday season is about being in the company of those we love and spending quality time together creating memories you will forever cherish. This is why all our favorite activities include the entire family. Make this holiday season one you will remember always, for all the love shared and fun moments that were had.
Venture out to see the Christmas Lights
Whether by foot (which we recommend) or by car, this activity is one the whole family will love. And we find that each year the light displays change and the community gets more creative. What’s more, this activity is free to do without set dates or times, you can just round up the family and head out to enjoy the beautiful light displays in your neighborhood.
Donate Toys and old Clothes to Those in Need
At The McClure Family, we are all about spreading positivity in an often-times negative world and we couldn’t think of anything more meaningful than giving back to the community. This activity not only includes the whole family and gives to those who most need it, but you’re also instilling life-long values to your children. Put some carols on, make hot chocolate, and sort through old clothes and toys that you no longer need, all the while having fun.
Bake Gingerbread Cookies
Not only is this fun for the whole family, but it’s also the activity that keeps on giving. Half the fun is in making these treats and the other half of fun can be had eating the cookies you just made. And we’re all for healthy treats so we had to share this tasty recipe that is gluten-free and dairy-free, so no one misses out on this popular holiday sweet.
We love this recipe and we know you will too.
- 1/4 cup agave syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon pink salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, combine agave/honey, oil, and egg. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices
- Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and combine well. Form a ball with the dough and cover. Allow the dough to rest in the fridge for an hour
- Roll the dough out on a floured surface and use cookie cutters to cut into gingerbread men.
- Place cookies onto an oven tray (or baking sheet) with baking paper.
- Bake cookies in preheated oven for roughly 10 minutes
Read a Classic Christmas Story you Grew up Loving
Picture this. You have the fireplace going, children are sipping on hot chocolate while the adults opt for egg-nogg. Everyone is gathered around the fire, some on the floor, others on the couch, and the littlest one on grandma’s lap. Your bellies are full after a beautiful dinner and you gather to read one of your favorite Christmas stories.
You can’t skip reading as a family together this holiday season. We love “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss, who always seems to hide a meaningful life lesson amongst his writing.
Family Game Night
A family game night is always popular when we gather our blended family. You can choose board games or search the web for free printables. We can assure you that this is competitive fun that everyone will enjoy. To make the night is even more interesting you can have a few game prizes such as a box of chocolates or a book for all ages to inspire everyone to get in and play their best.
Watch a Christmas Movie
In the lead up to Christmas, we love getting into the festive spirit by snuggling up on the couch and watching a classic Christmas movie. There are so many to choose from but a few of our favorites are Home Alone, The Polar Express, Elf, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
You can do this activity indoors if the weather forbids outdoor activities and it’s a great way to keep the kids occupied.
The holiday season is a McClure family favorite. We love the smell of cinnamon in baked goods, the sound of Christmas carols, and the energy your family brings to your home when all are gathered together. It truly is a magical season and we hope our list of activities makes it that more memorable.