School holidays are great opportunities to bond with your children. This can be easily done by doing crafts or art projects with them. You can make the activity more interesting by using different themes or seasons. A great time to create stuff is during the Christmas season. This time of the year is marked by a variety of traditions which include gift-giving, exchanging holiday cards, attending church activities and decorating homes with Christmas lights, tinsel and mistletoe.
There are a lot of craft ideas that you can use to decorate your dining table. Home-made place cards and placemats are a nice touch to any table. You can make this with your kids along with greeting cards to send to family and friends. A popular practice is having your family picture taken and printing it on special paper to serve as your holiday card. While department stores abound with nice looking cards and Christmas decorations, it’s always nice to add a personal touch to your holiday accessories.
You can make the dinner table more creative by using the season’s colors to set it up. Place settings highlighted with pinecones and glitter will give it an extra holiday feel. Doing holiday decorations with your family serves a double purpose, it can help take the edge off the stress that the holiday season brings and it gives you an opportunity to spend more time with your family. This creates a time for you to share ideas for cards and crafts which you can review and improve on over the years. It is a great tradition to start for the holidays.
Some easy ones involve just basic drawing and coloring. Take a large poster board and draw a Christmas scene on it. Your children can help in both the drawing and coloring. You can have this framed afterwards for display in a prominent space in your home. Another idea would be to make home-made Christmas stockings. Different family members can personalize their stockings by painting on it or sewing on beads and applying different designs using glitter pens. You can label them by sewing on alphabet beads afterwards.
Other craft projects include making special creations out of Christmas balls. You can glue on feathers, sequence, glass beads or write holiday greetings on them before hanging them on the tree. Fashion stars out of special paper and make greeting cards or gift tags out of them. Buy assorted Christmas-themed charms and beads in a crafts store and make bracelets and necklaces with younger kids. They can wear their creations afterwards or give them as gifts to special friends.
Stickers are always a great and handy decorating article to have. You can instruct younger kids to stick them on practically everything – greeting cards, presents, table place cards, holiday pictures, and even on themselves! Tree decorations also offer a challenging opportunity for both children and adults. Aside from edible materials such as gingerbread cookies or stringed popcorn which may not last you the entire holiday, you can create unique creations of items that have special meaning for different members of the family.
For instance, a child who’s into ballet can probably hang a miniature ballet slipper on the tree. A souvenir from a place you visited on holiday can be another one. Your spouse’s passion for cars can be represented by a shiny toy car hanging on a bough of your Christmas tree. A small toy from your baby can be a worthy addition in the same way that a small wire whisk representing a love for baking does.
Visiting craft stores will reveal a bountiful resource to you. Punches in the form of trees and stars, bundles of papers with Christmas-themed decorations, holiday stickers and ribbons are all available for you to choose from.
Decorating your own Christmas wreath is another great idea. You can buy the basic stuff from a store and add Christmas balls, ribbons, pinecones, or flowers as you see fit. A homemade wreath is also a great present to give to relatives. You can make smaller versions as a practical alternative.
In the end, regardless of what you make, you’ll end up with a unique and special present to give. Other homemade gift ideas can involve baking – making Christmas cookies and pastries is a popular choice. It satisfies the sweet tooth and is also a way to get family members to bond. The most important thing that homemade crafts and presents give, more than satisfying creative inclinations is the chance for family members to spend more time with each other, which ultimately, is what Christmas is all about.