by Cindy Springsteen

Do you want your holiday’s to be less stressful this year? These fun family Christmas activities are a great way to start some new traditions and shift the focus away from costly gifts.

Family Activities:

  1. Waffles and PancakeInvite a family or elderly neighbor over. Many people are away from loved ones during the holidays and would love a friendly gathering to attend.
  2. Grab everyone and go Christmas caroling! When was the last time someone came to your door singing songs?
  3. Volunteer to help someone in your neighborhood less fortunate or a local organization. Many places are very shorthanded during the holidays. An extra set of hands is always appreciated. Have the whole family join in.
  4. Bake cookies or deserts and bring to an elderly person in your neighborhood.
  5. Set up a family movie night. Grab the popcorn, turn off all the lights except your tree and watch the old Christmas movie’s, or cartoons together.
  6. Hide Christmas candy and make a game out of it, like we do for Easter.
  7. Find a box and fill it with special pictures of memories you have together. Each year add more pictures to your memory box.
  8. Write a poem together. Have each person try to write a line and rhyme. Good for laughs.
  9. Have a Christmas karaoke night and let the kids invite their friends.
  10. Perform a random act of kindness, let your children see you giving to others and not expecting anything in return.

Cindy Springsteen is a published poetry writer, whose first children’s book “Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Friendship” was released in April 2012. In September 2012 book two “Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in Bullying” was released.  Newly released December 2014 “Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in the True Meaning of Christmas. Each book has a moral which help to teach valuable lessons with cute loveable characters.  She has been writing since she was in her teens. You can find her on twitter at She spent many years researching and writing about parenting teenagers for various publications, along with her own website You can also follow her on facebook at


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