Kid Friendly Christmas Ideas

Christmas itself is right around the corner. Are you all ready for it, because I absolutely am! Today is Blogmas Day 6, and it is all about kid friendly Christmas ideas.

To me, the holidays are about remembering why we celebrate it in the first place (Jesus’ birthday), enjoying all the beauty of giving, and spending time with family and loved ones.kid-friendly-christmas-ideas

I try to let my kids be as involved as possible when it comes to all things Christmas. I grew up surrounded by joy and love around this time and I want them to know all of that. Here are some of my kid friendly thoughts for the holiday’s and some of their favorite things about this time of year!

Kid Friendly Christmas Ideas

The one thing that has been a constant, even that I remember doing as a child, is the chocolate advent calendar. I know… they’re cheap and flimsy and the chocolate is kind of disgusting. They really aren’t the most creative when it comes to advent calendars. (Personally, I would rather have one that counts down with wine:)) But our older girls absolutely love them! It is so much fun for them to find what day it is and popping out their piece of chocolate for that day.

advent calender

Another thing I love doing with them is letting them pick out or help make presents for family. I always give them the opportunity to pick out a gift for their dad and make sure that they get to contribute if I make something for another family member. It makes them feel included and also like they are giving something too, even if they aren’t technically buying something or making it all on their own. My daughter literally had a “hand” in making this for her Nana:) salt dough hand ornament

You can check out my Holiday Bucket List for more ideas on what to do with your kids and family this season.

In terms of gifts I give to my kids, in all honesty, I have slowly realized that there needs to be some limit. The first Christmas that we celebrated with my oldest (she was 9 months old) I went a little crazy. I thought that she needed everything and anything that I saw in the store. Now, I have come to the reality that this just isn’t true! I’m really going to focus on these categories for gifts this year, because we are working on teaching our children gratitude and thankfulness, not just “Want, Want, Want”.

  • Something they want
  • Something they need
  • Something to wear
  • Something to read

I’ve really done my best to try to stick to it. Mind you, I said “try” not that I have succeed in staying within those limits yet… But we are making progress! This year is probably the closest I’ve come to sticking with it, although we still do stocking stuffers and things like that.

These guidelines just seem like the best way to not overspend and spoil them with a bunch of things that they don’t need. We all know that they are going to get all that from their grandparents and their aunts and uncles.

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It’s really important in our family to take the time and teach our kids about the real meaning of Christmas. Every Christmas Eve, we read the Christmas story out of the Bible. Even if they are young and don’t completely understand it all yet, they will soon. It’s surprising how fast I have seen our children pick up on things. 

I am really excited for what I found this year, which is a stick-on nativity scene that they can rearrange not the wall as much as they want without any damage! It’s amazing. It has all of the people needed to tell them the story of Jesus’ birth, and it is a fun thing that they can play with without parents worrying about their ceramic/glass nativity set being broken.

sticker nativity

You can find this story in Luke 2:1-20 🙂

Check out more kid friendly Christmas fun from the other #blogmas2017 blogger family:)

*Cheers to more giving this season* joanna at motherhood and merlot

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  1. Heather S December 12, 2014 at 10:25 am - Reply

    What a fabulous giveaway! I’d la la LOVE to win!

  2. Theresa @DearCreatives December 12, 2014 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Love all the ideas & great giveaway!
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  3. Samantha Heideman December 12, 2014 at 11:48 am - Reply

    What a great blog. And a great giveaway to! ♡

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  5. Kate December 8, 2015 at 8:10 am - Reply

    We also “try” to do the something to wear, read, want and need… haven’t been able to keep it to just 4 but we do try. I just love Christmas so much, it’s hard not to go overboard! Love the giveaway too! Amazon Prime is going to be the death of me, or at least my bank account!
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  6. Lauren December 8, 2015 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I totally overbuy for my kids at Christmas.. I really need to change that esp since we have all our family here too so they get TONS of gifts from others too. I LOVE advent calendars.. we have 5 this year. lol
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    • Joanna Clute December 8, 2015 at 9:16 am - Reply

      I totally use to! I did pretty well this year and still got them all of the things that they “wanted” without overbuying.

  7. Heather December 8, 2015 at 9:05 am - Reply

    I have finger print snowman ornaments for Paige and my nieces. We are making new ones for the babies this year. I love the 4 gift principle, (I sort of followed it ) but I still went over on the number this year. Great post.
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  8. Theresa @DearCreatives December 8, 2015 at 9:27 am - Reply

    I love the gift principal. Happy holidays again.
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  9. Alyssa from The Sparkly Life December 9, 2015 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    I love your idea of focusing on gifts that fit one of those four categories. such a great way to cut down on the junk and concentrate on what’s really important!

  10. Alana December 12, 2015 at 10:34 am - Reply

    I love the snowman ornament and the advent calendar!!! I agree I LOVE the idea of advent calendars and get sooooo excited to start using them, but they really suck. I totally want something like what is pictured above. I also NEED that nativity. My kids (thank God) are fascinated with the Christmas story, but I can’t just leave them alone with Jesus as they ask me to, because my nativity is fragile. Do you remember where you got it?
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  13. Jack November 29, 2017 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    I am not usually a poster – but we introduced a really cool product this year called Create Ornate – it is a DIY Christmas Ornament Kit that makes 4 Extra Large Ornaments. Besides being a good value it is a ton of fun to make with the family, kids or not…. Anyways just wanted to share as the whole idea is really based on making the holidays more personal again. check it out if you have the time. it would fit right in with this post…Thank you. Jack

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