The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Decorating with Your Kids
The snow is falling, the sound of "Jingle Bells" is in the air, and you're a busy Dad who's trying to come up with fun kids' projects that will make you the envy of all the other Dads in the neighborhood.
You'll be a pro at Christmas decorating once you get through this guide.
But first, a couple of tips…
1. Only use supplies your kids can handle
Remember, your focus is on KIDS' projects. It's not fair to only let your kids in on half the fun, so make sure they can get involved with every single step. That means leaving out the soldering iron, the fancy glass objects, and the sharp stuff. (If necessary, do all of the cutting and other dangerous stuff in advance, so that everything is kid-friendly when you begin.)
2. Let your kids be unique
Sometimes, kids' projects take on a life of their own. If your daughter insists on letting Barbie hang out in the manger with the three wise men, let her do it. It's her time to have fun -- not your time to lecture her on manger etiquette.
OK, now that that's out of the way, what kinds of crafts should you take on?
What better way to spend your Christmas decorating time than with a project you can eat later?! By making Christmas cookies, not only will you get to reap the benefits, but you'll also have a gift to wrap up and give to the neighbors, your kids' teachers, fellow churchgoers, and anyone else who deserves a homemade treat.
To make things easy, stick to a traditional favorite -- sugar cookies. Dress them up by using festive cookie cutters (like Christmas trees, snowmen, snowflakes, etc.). Then, let your kids turn their Christmas cookies into an art project -- with all kinds of colored icing, sprinkles, and even spoons coated in chocolate that they can drizzle over the cookies for a glamorous and yummy effect!
Speaking of art, one of the best Christmas decorating projects is to turn the "12 Days of Christmas" into an art project. Have your kids draw out each day of the popular song. For them, it's a fun way to spend an afternoon. For you, it's a great way to create memories that you can pull out and look at for years and years!
Another great way to combine memories and crafts is to get your kids to trace their hands onto a piece of poster board. Then, cut out the shape, glue it onto a headband. Just like that, you've created "reindeer antlers" for everyone! (And, as an added benefit, you can pull out those "antlers" years from now and see just how little everyone's hands were!)
See? With just a few simple supplies, you can turn Christmas decorating into fun for everyone!