The Christmas season is a treasure chest filled to the brim with family fun for all ages. But because of the potential for cold temperatures and icy winds, most of these activities occur inside. Most years, however, we can find at least a day or two when the weather is pleasant enough to spend some time outside. These days are the perfect opportunity to get the kids out to celebrate the holiday with nature and neighbors. Let’s take a look at some of these wonderful outdoor Christmas activities for the kids.
Decorate a Tree for the Birds
This activity is especially great for those days when you need to keep the kids entertained and occupied for a long time because it requires a combination of several other tasks. The main idea here is to decorate a tree (or bush) in your yard or neighborhood using only edible treats that birds will enjoy. String popcorn together and use it as tinsel to wrap around the tree. And create ornaments from pinecones smeared with peanut butter and sprinkled with birdseed. You can even make homemade suet balls. These are filled with the fat birds depend on to stay warm in the cold winter months.
Create a Tree-topper Star
While you’re creating a delicious buffet for the birds, why not spruce up the same tree with a star on top? By gathering six sticks or large twigs and lashing them together with brightly colored ribbon, the kids can craft the perfect topper to their beautiful outdoor Christmas tree.
Take a Walking Tour of Christmas Lights
Over the years, we’ve become more and more dependent on our cars. And while they provide an enormous benefit to so many aspects of our lives, they aren’t the best choice for every situation. Looking at Christmas lights is a perfect example of a time when you should ditch the wheels and set off on foot. Bundle up the family and head out for an after-dinner stroll through the neighborhood to view the lights on nearby houses. By removing the need to focus on driving and stay buckled up, everyone is free to move and interact as they please. In other words, this is an excellent time for bonding with your children and form memories that will last a lifetime.
Sing Christmas Carols
As you’re making your way through the neighborhood, why not stop at a house to sing some carols. This bygone tradition is a rare sight in today’s modern world, and it’s cherished by the lucky few who open their doors to discover friendly faces passing along some Christmas cheer. So go ahead, get out there and share your holiday spirit by singing some of the season’s most beloved songs.