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Activities For The Whole Family On Christmas Day


Christmas Day always starts with so much promise and excitement, however, after all of the presents have been ripped open, the turkey has been carved, and your entire family have fallen into a food-induced coma-like state, it seems like it’s all over much too quickly. With months of build-up to this one day, it’s nice to make it as long and as full of joy as possible. Here are some activities for you and your family to keep the Christmas spirit going even after all the crackers have been pulled.

Celebrating the holiday spirit at home

Here are fun Xmas activities for parents, grandparents, and kids to share! Pixabay photo (CC0).

Board Games

This seems like an obvious one, but this list would not be complete without it. There is nothing like everyone gathering around and playing a good old game of Monopoly or Clue on Christmas Day. Everyone always perks up when there is a bit of healthy competition going on – and whose family doesn’t argue when it comes to being the banker, or the dog piece for Monopoly? It’s even somewhat a tradition in some family homes for someone to get annoyed and flip the board – it’s all very dramatic but makes for a great story to retell the following year!

Lego Competition

This is a fun one that is suitable for any age. Nearly every family will have Lego or something similar in their home. If you don’t, maybe it’s an idea for a last minute Christmas present for your little ones? Set a timer, and see who in the allotted time can make the best Christmas tree decoration. It can be Santa or one of his Reindeer, or if you’re really up for the challenge, you could try Santa and his sleigh. The winner could get an extra helping of dessert and their decoration put into the best place on the tree. Or, you could see who can make the best Nativity scene for the mantle. The possibilities and creative options are endless are endless – you can click for more ideas here so you won’t run out on the day if this activity is a favorite one.

Charades or “Heads Up”

An oldie but a goodie is a classic game of charades. It always promises a lot of laughter and silliness on Christmas Day. This is also one that requires no equipment, so if you find yourself without Lego or a board game, you’re not stuck in front of the TV with the disappointing specials. You could get into teams and write down challenging films, songs, books and celebrity names on pieces of paper, and put them in a hat for each competing team to pick out of. Keep the rule of no talking very strict to increase the hilarity factor. Alternatively, if there is someone tech-savvy in your family, there is an app version of a similar game called Heads Up. It’s slightly different in the sense that the player holds their phone on their forehead with a specific word, and their team have to explain the nature of it until the person guesses correctly, but still just as fun!

Hopefully this write-up has given you a few ideas for staying entertained and in the spirit on Christmas Day. With how busy life can be, it is seldom that all the family is able to get together – so be sure to make the most of it and have a wonderful Christmas holiday.



  1. Christina Record December 12, 2017

    Wonderful ideas!! I love the game “Heads Up”! :-)

  2. Festenstein December 12, 2017

    Beautiful thoughts

  3. Sparkling Dawn December 12, 2017

    Brilliant, has brought back memories of Christmas past. Monopoly was always a first choice followed by Trival Pursuit, happy days 🎄💖

  4. syl65 December 12, 2017

    Played “Charades” once and had to do America’s Top Model… Christmas should be an all day event! Thanks, Christy!!

  5. Resa December 12, 2017

    Charades is lots, lots., lots of fun!!!!

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  7. Learnography December 12, 2017

    Thanks for excellent ideas and description.

  8. Anna (apeaceoflife) December 12, 2017

    all good fun… I suggest “sing a word” too…each person says a random word and the others have to sing a line from a song with that word… so if I said rainbow you might sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow from the Wizard of Oz…if you can’t think of a song, you’re out :) …after Charades of course! Have fun x

  9. Rebecca Sullivan December 13, 2017

    Love these ideas! I

  10. Ben Aqiba December 13, 2017

    Wonderful post Christy,

    we love lego in our home, and I can not walk through the room from the lego parts.

    Thank you

  11. Frank December 13, 2017

    Great Ideas! There is always fun when charades is played

  12. James J. Cudney IV December 13, 2017

    Legos were my favorite toys as a child. I also always played board games. Great share.

  13. John Fioravanti December 13, 2017

    The games are good – especially ones that include players of all ages. Games can provide some top-notch family time!

  14. Lifewithanillness December 13, 2017

    Great ideas! Great post as always!!

  15. nursebarbc December 13, 2017

    We love playing card games after all the presents have been opened. My 10 year old is even learning how to play 21 and Texas Hold Em. Thanks for the other good ideas.

  16. robbiesinspiration December 13, 2017

    Great ideas. I am far to competitive to play board games but the others sound really good.

  17. dgkaye December 15, 2017

    Great ideas Christy. I’d play any of those games! Wishing you a beautiful Christmas my sweet friend. :) <3


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