Screen-Free Christmas Eve Activities for Families

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You’ve hung the stockings with care, left cookies out for Santa and…now what? It’s Christmas Eve, the shopping is done, you’ve eaten your meal and the family is gathered around the TV watching the same old holiday shows they’ve watched for years. Turn the the television off and try some of these screen-free holiday activities for families!

Christmas Play

Forget about the ready-made shows on TV. Your family can put on their own Christmas-themed production. Pick a favorite holiday tale or create your own. If you’re not sure where to start, pick a few beloved Christmas characters (such as Santa, Mrs. Claus or Rudolph). Turn the story into a one-act play, choose roles and put on a fun-filled family show.

Story Time

If you’re looking for a low-key way to spend Christmas Eve, family story time is an easy option. Choose a few easy-to-follow picture books that the kids will enjoy and take turns reading.

Thank You Cards

Older kids understand that the gifts under the tree don’t come from Santa. They also understand that family and friends spent time (and money) choosing and buying their presents. Instead of waiting until after the holiday, start crafting thank you cards the night before. This exercise in gratitude is an artsy way to keep the kids busy and help them to understand the concept of thankfulness. Use card stock paper, markers, glitter, glue or any other art material to make thank you’s that the kids can write on after they open their gifts.



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