With December right around the corner, we wanted to help you and your family navigate the holiday season well! This blog post gives you easy ways to show love to others as well as appreciate the festive season! Below, you will find 25 Christmas activities to do as a family that are free or cost next to nothing… right here in Bend, Oregon! Instructions and directions are included in the links. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
December 1: Deck the Halls! String popcorn and cranberries to make a garland. Then, hang it in your house as you put up your Christmas decorations!
December 2: Join us for the Jingle Jam! Meet us at 255 SW Bluff Drive for this annual Christmas kids and family event, featuring Christmas songs, singing, dancing, and a reminder of the real reason behind the season!
December 3: As a family, go through your closets and find warm clothing items that are not being used. This can include beanies, scarves, socks, pants, jackets, and sweatshirts. Make sure the items are clean, then bring them on Sunday morning or drop them by the church offices. All items will be given to The Family Access Network at Bend High.
December 4: Make spiced cider on the stove-top, read your favorite Christmas story as it simmers!
December 5: Read Isaiah 7:13-17; 9:1-7; 11:1-2, 35:5-6, 40:3-5, 42:1-4 and learn what was said about Jesus in the Old Testament!
December 6: Drive around the neighborhood to see everyone’s Christmas lights. Don’t forget to turn on the Christmas Carols as you drive around!
December 7: Make peanut butter pinecone bird feeders and say Merry Christmas to your furry friends living in your trees!
December 8: Make Christmas cookies & drop them off at your neighbor’s house. Don’t forget to wish them a Merry Christmas!
December 9: Go shopping for canned goods. Drop them off at The Shepherd’s House, The Giving Plate, or The Family Kitchen.
December 10: Make snow candy! It’s fun and yummy!
December 11: Do a candle-lit picnic dinner next to the Christmas tree!
December 12: Cut paper snow-flakes to put in your windows!
December 13: Play Christmas carols all day, in your house, in the car, at the office!
December 14: Call your grandparents or another family member and tell them you love them!
December 15: Make holiday cards for a local nursing home. Nursing home residents often feel lonely during the holiday season because of their physical disabilities. A card will help to alleviate some of the loneliness that is often felt during the holidays!
December 16: Family movie night! Rock, paper scissors who gets to pick. Make sure to pick a Christmas movie!
December 17: Make peppermint bark to give to a friend or teacher!
December 18: Pick your favorite Christmas book to read before bed!
December 19: Read Twas the Night Before Christmas. Don’t have the book? Watch the story here!
December 20: Read the story of the birth of Jesus, found in Luke 2:1-20.
December 21: Have hot cocoa and cookies with friends or neighbors.
December 22: Write a letter to Santa… or better yet, have your kids call him and give him their list! Encourage your kids to give a reason why they should be on the Nice List, and then list one or two things they really want for Christmas.
December 23: Paint the snow! Simply combine water and food coloring in a spray bottle and send your kids outside to paint the snow to look like Christmas!
December 24: Read the story about the birth of Jesus, found in Matthew 1:18-25.
December 25: Merry Christmas! Thank God for sending Jesus and letting you celebrate his birth today! Make a Happy Birthday Jesus cake and serve it to your family for breakfast.
For a festive display, secure a piece of twine under your fireplace mantle using pushpins. Print out the above ideas and cut them in strips. Then roll each strip and tie it with a festive ribbon. Make sure to write Day 1, Day 2, etc., on each rolled up idea, then secure them with old fashioned clothespins to the piece of twine! Let kids open one idea per day as you count down the days until Christmas!