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Ways to Make the Holiday Magical for Your Kids

posted: 12/22/16
by: Amanda Mushro
Happy little kids in matching red and green striped pajamas decorate Christmas tree in beautiful living room with traditional fire place. Children opening presents on Xmas eve.
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When you're a kid, everything about the holiday season seems magical, and when you're a parent, it's pretty amazing to watch this excitement and wonder through their eyes. So before the hustle and bustle of this busy season comes to a close, here's how you can make this holiday season a little more magical for your kids and for you too.

Let your kids create their own festive space with leftover lights and d?cor. Since most of your holiday d?cor is off limits to little hands, let them decorate their room, a small space in your home, a tiny tree, or even a large cardboard box with the lights and ornaments you aren't putting up. You'll love seeing their creativity shine, and they will love having a special place all their own. This small tip will surely become a family favorite tradition.

Let them stay up late watching all of your favorite holiday movies. Grab the popcorn and snuggle down for a Christmas movie marathon. Include some new classics and ones you loved as a kid too.

When it comes to putting up lights, go with the motto "more is more!" Even if you have a tiny space to decorate, go for lots of lights. There's just something about a home covered in lights that says holiday magic. Consider hanging lights in different places like on the ceiling in your hallways or all around the kitchen table. For a few short weeks, your kids will love the magical feeling of having their home covered in lights.

Make or buy ornaments to honor this year. Whether it's a hobby, a milestone, or favorite activities, make your own or search for ornaments that tell the story of this year for each family member. Everyone will love hanging these ornaments on your family tree for years to come.

When it comes to treats or snacks, make the ordinary more magical, like these snowman pops or Santa cupcakes. With just a few ingredients, you can make fun and festive snacks your kids will think are pure holiday magic.

Stop in the middle of your normal day and take your kids on a long lunch or a special dinner. Try taking each sibling on their own holiday shopping trip or special meal. Having a little one-on-one time with you will be exactly the magic you need this holiday season.

When Santa arrives at your home, leave a surprise behind by putting footprints in the snow outside or sprinkling a little flour around a boot near the presents so you kids know the Big Guy was there.