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8 Ideas for Family Fun on Christmas Day

The stockings are empty, the presents have been unwrapped. Boxes and tissue paper now litter your family room floor: the evidence of  Christmas is everywhere.

So…now what?

As a child, I always found Christmas Day to be somewhat anticlimactic. With the build-up to the big event behind me, I can remember feeling a little— well— BORED.

If you’re like me, you want to get the most out of precious time spent together as a family, but it can be hard to know what, exactly, to do. Here are 8 ideas for family fun and service after the presents have been unwrapped.

I hope they inspire you to make the most of the holiday!


  • Get in on the Act 1 of 8
    Get in on the Act
    Ann Currey started the 26 Acts of Kindness movement with a single tweet: "Imagine if everyone could commit to doing one act of kindness for every one of those children killed in Newtown." Get your family in on the act by spending time Christmas Day doing good deeds in the name of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
  • Get Outside 2 of 8
    Get Outside
    Take a family walk. Play football in the backyard. Do something active together as a family!
  • Make Treats 3 of 8
    Make Treats
    My children all love helping out in the kitchen, and I'll be honest: I often say no in the interest of time. With nothing on the agenda on Christmas, though, this would be a perfect time for it.
  • Start a New Tradition 4 of 8
    Start a New Tradition
    Talk to your family about what they 'd like to accomplish in the next year. Encourage every member of the family to write a goal down and save them in a special place until next Christmas. This would be a great new family tradition.
  • Serve Others 5 of 8
    Serve Others
    Christmas is a great time to give back to your community. Many churches and community centers host meals for those in need- why not help out as a family?
  • Go Christmas Caroling 6 of 8
    Go Christmas Caroling
    Visit neighbors and friends in need of a little Christmas cheer, and sing familiar carols to brighten their day!
  • Create a Keepsake 7 of 8
    Create a Keepsake
    I love the idea of creating new family traditions. This Finger Print Christmas Tree from Etsy is adorable!
    Get it at iDIYJR for $15.
  • Have a Movie Marathon 8 of 8
    Have a Movie Marathon
    My kids love piling on the sofa with my husband and me and watching movies. Pop popcorn and get comfy!

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