How To Have A Merry Christmas
Ideas and inspiration to make Christmas 2020 fun for kids.
By Robin Hill
Did you hear the one about Santa getting the sack this year? Yeah it’s a classic. But have you heard the one about Santa getting the vac-cine? We really hope he does.
It’s a massive understatement, but 2020 hasn’t exactly been the year everyone thought it would be. From schools shutting to local lockdowns, postponed weddings to life on furlough, it’s been a year to forget. However, like a plethora of famous movies, there is something about Christmas that rejuvenates the human spirit and somehow saves the day. With that profound sense of positivity in mind, here are plenty of ideas and inspiration to keep kids happy for Christmas 2020.
Santa’s Beard Advent Calendar
Whether you are trying to get your little ones to cut back on chocolate or looking for a wholesome homemade activity, then this is the gift that keeps giving. All you need is some colourful card, glue for sticking and a lot of cotton balls. Each day of December your child can glue another section of Santa’s fluffy beard to the paper, until his beard is as full as his belly. For more construction details on this unique and inventive take on an advent calendar, check out Capturing Parenthood.
Gingerbread House Competition
Is your gingerbread inedible? Is it more tough than tasty? Could it make an excellent substitute for concrete? Well you’re in luck. Bake up some of your indestructible gingerbread and make your own festive themed gingerbread houses with your children. Perhaps add in a competition element to give an extra incentive. Using plenty of icing as glue and sweets for decoration, make your gingerbread constructions look good enough to eat.
Christmas Movie Marathon
Is there anything better than getting cosy and watching a bunch of Christmas films? No, there isn’t. Here are just a few of the very best family Christmas films to watch in 2020 and where you can stream them:
It’s a Wonderful Life – An oldie but a goodie. This warm and life-affirming film is a quintessential Christmas classic that inspires redemption and faith in humanity. Watch on Amazon Prime for £3.49.
Home Alone – If a small child almost killing two burglars doesn’t get you in the mood for Christmas, I don’t know what will. Stream on Disney+ to witness the inventive art of (s)elf-defense.
Elf – Will Ferrel fits perfectly (ironically) in this must-see Christmas film. His child-like wonder paired with the cynicism of James Caan makes for hysterical and charming viewing. Pay £3.49 to watch on Amazon Prime.
The Snowman – Take flight into this wondrous and beautifully animated film, introduced by none other than David Bowie (which is quite strange upon reflection). Sing loud, party with Snowmen and watch anytime on All 4.
Klaus – When a mysterious old toymaker and reclusive postman join together to save Christmas it perfectly embodies the season spirit. It is time to get wrapped up in this excellent animated film, only on Netflix.
Write letters to the North Pole
When I was little I used to write a letter to Father Christmas every year. As well drafting up a list of demands, I also used to tell him about school, my dog’s name and the best thing I did that year (not sure why). My mum then used to put it in an envelope and put it near the fire so the smoke would send the letter to the North Pole. I have no idea why I thought this would work, but I was utterly convinced at the time. Make this fun and imaginative Christmas activity top of your wish list.
DIY Christmas Tree Decorations
Decorating the Christmas tree with a colourful array of ornaments, old and new, is a typical family tradition. This year, why not make a few chocolatey creations to hang on the tree? Simply find the right mould, melt chocolate with some string attached, wrap it up in colourful foil and you have your very own special tasty Christmas treat.
Top Tip – use the mould from from an old box of chocolate or old advent calendar to get the perfect festive shapes.
Remember, if you need any guidance on your child’s health over the holiday period, don’t hesitate to contact Juno and chat to one of our paediatricians for reassurance in moments.
From the entire team at Juno, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!