Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. Having my own children only makes this time of year so much more special. Carrying on family traditions of seeing Santa, baking Christmas cookies, and building gingerbread houses are things that I cherish this time of the year. It’s such a wonderful feeling to see the look on their faces as the experience the joy of the season.
With the Christmas holiday nearly a week away, I have been busy preparing for our holiday dinner. Now that we don’t travel to our families during the holiday season, it is up to me to come up with and prepare our holiday meal. I love being in the kitchen and cooking, but, as my girls get older, they are becoming more and more picky about what I fix.
There were only about two dishes (out of 10) that they would eat at our Thanksgiving meal and I really don’t want to make that mistake again. This time I am getting the kids involved on planning the Christmas dinner. If you want to make sure that you can have a fun and exciting dinner that you know your kids will eat, check out exactly what you need to know before you get started!
Kid-Friendly Recipes 1 of 7
You can't have a proper kid-friendly holiday meal without something at the table that you know they are going to eat. My oldest daughter has gotten extremely picky lately when it comes to her food, so I sat her down with me and we both looked at the Bing Food & Drink app to find dishes she can help me make in the kitchen and will also love to eat at the table!
Fun Tableware 2 of 7
I usually go for glass tableware for the adults, but I always make sure to have a fun set for the girls. This year I let my oldest daughter pick out her cup and plate for the dinner table -- and it really got her excited to eat Christmas dinner!
Fun Drinks 3 of 7
Make them want to come to the table with fun holiday inspired drinks. Now the adults aren't the only ones who get to have the great holiday drinks, the kids can, too! Whether it's a cranberry spritzer or strawberry lemonade, they will love helping you look at different drinks to make for them using the Drinks Recipe app for Windows 8.1!
Kid-Friendly Crafts 4 of 7
I love having great decor on my table during the holiday meal. My oldest daughter loves helping me do crafts. Why not put the two together and let her help me make table decor! I love the Do It Yourself (DIY) app because it lets my daughter and me effortlessly look up a fun and exciting holiday craft we can do together.
Holiday Trivia 5 of 7
We are huge fans of games in our family and I thought that having a little trivia fun during dinner can help keep everyone talking and having fun. I downloaded the Holiday Trivia app on my Nokia Lumia 1020 Windows Phone and wrote down some of the questions on cardstock so that I can set them on the table for us to play during dinner. This is a great way to get older kids in on the conversation during dinner.
Coloring Pages 6 of 7
Whether they are waiting for the meal to be ready, or have finished and can't quite be excused from the table, having something to keep them entertained at the table is always a great idea. My girls love to color so I thought it would be a great idea to put some holiday-themed coloring pages on the table to keep them having fun.
Extra Napkins 7 of 7
We all know how messy kids can be, especially at meal time. Make sure you have extra napkins on hand for those extra messy situations. I failed to have them on-hand during our Thanksgiving meal and my daughter spilled her milk everywhere. I've learned from that moment on to always have extras close by no matter what.
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