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WANT A GREAT TRADITION THAT IS FUN, EASY, AND MAKES WONDERFUL MEMORIES?
HAVE A GRAND-CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY EACH YEAR!
It is never too late to begin a tradition, or if you have just become a grandparent, you might want to establish the tradition of having a separate Christmas party each year just for your grandchildren. The kids love it because it is a special night for them. Parents love it because they get a night out to either shop or relax. Also, kids are helpful in getting things ready and they are never judgmental if things go wrong! The cost is very minimal.
Begin the party with a reading of the Christmas story from Luke 2. Children never forget what they learn about Jesus at Christmas time!
Below you find a few of the activities I have used with my own grandchildren at our parties.
GAMES TO PLAY
On white paper or poster board draw a large size snowman. Draw every feature except the nose. Make a carrot nose from poster board. Blindfold children and allow them to take turns attempting to pin the nose on the snowman. The one who gets closest to the right spot wins a small prize you have purchased previously.
Grandchildren are seated in a circle in middle of the room. While Christmas music is playing, children pass a duffle bag of old clothes around the circle. When the music stops, the child ‘holding the bag’ must pull out a garment and put it on over their own clothes. We do this until the bag is empty. Then we make a picture of the children individually and as a group.
Other simple games to play are ‘Draw a Tree Behind Your Back’ or ‘Wrap A Package While Blindfolded’. Children enjoy the simplest of games when they are together and a prize for the winner is included.
Building a snowman from Rice Crispy mix. We used marshmallow, butter, and Rice Crispy cereal to mold into balls for snow men. The children then used candies, raisins, pretzels and Fruit Rolls to complete the snowmen. The Fruit Rolls were used as scarfs. The raisins were eyes and the small candies were used to design a mouth. Pretzels make great arms. (My picture seems to have been deleted.)
Prior to the party I cook gingerbread cookies and the children decorate the cookies before eating them. If a grandparent is very brave, the cookies could be baked during the party.
We usually have pizza, punch, and cookies. One year we made our own pizza, but usually we order and have it delivered.
I give each grandchild one gift at the party. They really look forward to the gift unwrapping. They can draw names and give each other a gift if parents will agree to do this prior to the party. It does add expense to Christmas and is not necessary for the party to be a success. If you plan ahead, suggest each child make a gift to bring.
I often give a board game to at least one child and after gift unwrapping the kids play games until parents arrive.
MERRY CHRISTMAS! ENJOY YOUR PARTY!
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