Trim a Tiny Tree
Sure, decorating the Christmas tree in the living room is fun, but kids often fantasize about having trees in their bedrooms, too.
You can sometimes find inexpensive, small, artificial ones at craft or discount stores. Buy a bunch, then invite kids over for a tree-decorating party. If you plan ahead (way ahead), you can score some good deals on ornaments and garland right after Christmas. Or, have the kids make their own decorations at the party.
Serve a tree-shaped cake for dessert.
Christmas Around the World
Give your kids’ Christmas party an international theme by hosting a Christmas-around-the-world party.
Assign a different country to each child, being sure to include Turkey, the homeland of Saint Nicholas, Germany, which is partially credited for the tradition of decorating a tree, and Mexico, where families hold neighborhood “posadas,” or re-creations Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Research how other cultures celebrate Christmas, too.
Ask everyone to bring a side dish that represents the culture assigned to them, sing songs that tie to the countries, such as Stille Nacht (Silent Night) in German, and teach the kids to say “Merry Christmas” in different languages.
Christmas is a magical time of year, due in large part to the joy it brings to children. Yes, it’s a busy time, too. But squeeze a kids' Christmas party into your schedule and both you and the kids are sure to get into the holiday spirit.