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July boredom buster
So how about some fun in the school holidays that the kids will love to get their teeth into that is free or certainly cheap? Sounds good doesn't it!
Why not have a Christmas in July party/get together? Spend this week planning it and next week celebrating!
Get the kids involved by letting them put the tree up. Don't be too precious about how it looks as it will only be for a few days, let the kids have free reign on how they want it to look. Let them make snowflake paper decorations and chain link decorations.
Make simple crackers by using the inside of the toilet rolls wrapped in xmas colouring that they have also done as an activity. Buy a few chocolates or lolly's to go inside. Instead of jokes, write things for them to do, like "sing Jingle Bells in your best voice" and "Imitate Santa's voice and say HO HO HO".
Maybe make some Christmas inspired food. Get the Xmas songs or movie on, light the fire,put jumpers on or locate your Xmas t-shirts and put a long sleeved t-shirt underneath and experience a cold Christmas! Mum's - get the mulled wine on and enjoy a delicious warm alcoholic beverage to help get in the Christmas spirit. Get the family pet involved too!
You could act out the story of baby Jesus (The Nativity). All be a character, dress up as shepherds, angels, Mary and Joseph etc. Tell your children the real meaning of Christmas without all the hype that goes with it in November/December (or maybe it all starts in October now!). They will be more willing to listen and learn about it now when they haven't got presents distracting them.
The list of things to do is endless.Pinterest will have links to anything you want to make including the mulled wine.Click here for Pinterest and 1000's of ideas. Let me know below what you got up to in the comments section below.