Coming up with new ways to keep your little ones entertained can seem an impossible task at times, so each month I will offer up a few fun ideas that you and your children might enjoy. Have fun!
1. Make a bucket list for 2016.
2. Take them to see Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip, out December 23.
3. Let them invite friends over to decorate cookies or help build a gingerbread house.
4. Get some paint, brushes, and some plain wrapping paper and have them make custom gift wrap.
5. Buy toys to donate to Toys for Tots.
6. Send them a video message from Santa Claus. Go here for more details.
7. Take some holiday treats to share to a children's hospital or senior center. Call in advance to find out what's acceptable to take.
8. Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, Elf, The Polar Express, and all the other wonderful holiday movies over and over.
9. Make holiday ornaments to give to teachers, neighbors, friends, etc.
10. Take a break from all the holiday cookies and bake up a batch of brownies for National Brownie Day on December 8. Here's my favorite go-to brownie recipe.
11. Put together a book of photos and written memories from 2015. Be sure to include moments that made them especially grateful and have them write down why they were grateful.
12. Celebrate the winter solstice with a trip to the snow (or an ice skating rink if there's no snow within driving distance).
13. Tune the car radio to some holiday music and drive around looking at lights.
14. Make homemade Butterfinger bars for National Chocolate Candy Day on the 28th.
15. Go to the dollar store or Big Lots and buy little gifts to give to strangers on the street, in restaurants, and anywhere else you go. National Giving Day is on the 1st, but any day is a good day to give!