Updated On: April 23, 2020

Christmas

Art & Design

All Ages
Create: Make your own Christmas tree ornaments. Reference Pinterest, Etsy, or search engine images for inspiration.

Cultural Literacy

All Ages
Watch: Watch a classic Christmas movie like It’s a Wonderful Life.

Family Connections

All Ages
Organize an Activity: Have a “home made gift exchange.” Draw names in the family but rather than buying, each person makes something with the things they find at home that they think the recipient will love– this makes gift giving very exciting for kids and requires a lot of creativity.

All Ages
Plan: Plan out how to decorate your home together and get to it.

Language & Thinking

Reading

All Ages
Read: Read classic Christmas stories together like A Christmas Carol.

Writing Nonfiction

All Ages
Write a Letter: Write Christmas cards to friends and loved ones.

Social Sciences

History

Children & Teenagers
Research: Research Christmas traditions from a period in history you have studied together and consider engaging in that tradition for yourself.

World Cultures

Children & Teenagers
Research: Research how people in other countries celebrate Christmas and consider taking part in those traditions this year.

Values

Religion

All Ages
Act Out: Have someone narrate Luke 2 as others dressed up as Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the donkey, shepherds, and the angel act out the narrative of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Children & Teenagers
Discuss: Discuss all the names of Jesus and what their distinct meanings are about Him.

Volunteering & Service

All Ages
Organize an Activity: Organize a caroling group and sing Christmas carols at others’ doorsteps to brighten their night and form a stronger bond. Consider bringing baked cookies.

Teenagers
Serve: Sign up to be bell-ringers for Salvation Army. It teaches kids about helping people in need, maintaining their dignity, and why that is important.

All Ages
Volunteer: Christmas is a time of giving. How can you brighten someone’s day today? Who do you know that could use a boost?

All Ages
Volunteer: Make a 5 gallon jug of hot cocoa and take it to a public place, hand it out for free to spread Christmas cheer. For younger kids, this requires math at their skill level – figuring out servings, cups needed, water to chocolate ratio, etc.

Children & Teenagers
Volunteer: Call ahead to a care center or nursing home and schedule a recital (piano or other instruments) or choral performance or act out the nativity. Have your kids plan their pieces or parts, prepare, and practice. Have other kids join if needed.

How else might important subject matter be learned from this interest topic? Comment below! Half-baked ideas are more than welcome, too.