'Twas The Week Before Christmas: How To Enjoy The Build-Up To The Big Day

'Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the house, everyone was bored, including the mouse…

Here are some ideas to stop everyone from going stir crazy while waiting for Santa during the Christmas build-up.


Now the idea of getting rid of toys might not sound very fun, but the thought of getting new ones is! Presuming Santa’s done a good job of making the presents they requested in his workshop, the kids can get a space ready to display or store them. And to do that they need to be generous and give away toys they no longer play with to other children that would enjoy them. If that fails, then it’s time to whip out a black bag once they’ve gone to bed and do it yourself! You can always blame the elves if they’re looking for someone to point the finger at, and you can assure them that they’ll tell Santa how kind they’ve been!

Design Thank You Cards

Hopefully, you have the Christmas cards in the post by now, so why not get ahead and ask the kids to design some thank you cards in anticipation of all the lovely gifts they’ll receive. Once everything is unwrapped, they can simply write their message inside thanking family or friends. All you need is some white card, some colouring pencils or pens and of course… glitter! At least if it goes everywhere it will fit in nicely with all the decorations.

Build A Gingerbread House

While recommending this I’m also conscious that for some reason they’re quite hard to track down. Even once you do, if you’ve got a child with a food allergy (like us) then chances are that it might not be suitable. So, either do the real thing and enjoy indulging OR design a gingerbread house with Duplo or Lego and enjoy building! The Lego Creator Series has a real Gingerbread House set that looks fab. However, if you don’t want to fork out a hundred quid then simply Google it and use it for inspiration.

Go Potty For Potter!

If your kids go potty for 'Harry Potter' then why not have a movie marathon that starts with watching the first film on December 18 and ends with watching the final film 'Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt 2' on Christmas Day! It might not be your typical feel-good festive film, but you do get to celebrate Harry defeating Voldermort and that’s definitely worth a toast (with orange juice). You can then wrap up the celebrations by watching the 'Harry Potter Reunion Special' one week later on New Year’s Day!

Jennie Dennehy

Jennie Dennehy is Mama to two gorgeous boys and is a Writer and Blogger. Her life is full of laughs and Lego and she’s always longing for a hot, frothy coffee.

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