Christmas day is so much fun for both the kids and adults alike but it’s also a day when we can spend the entire time inside and not get a breath of fresh air. Sometimes the smallest of ideas can turn in to a great tradition that you can bring out year after year even if you are probably wondering how to tear your little ones away from the present pile! Here’s 5 good ideas to get fresh air on Christmas day for both kids and adults:
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Look for signs of Santa
One thing we always had to do as a child was to be aware not to disturb Santa when we got up, just in case he was still putting presents around the tree. We always had to wait until my parents had checked it was safe. Why not go one better and check for signs outside in the garden that he’s been before settling in to open gifts. Perhaps he left some footprints or even sleigh tracks? Perhaps there was leftover carrots that the reindeer ate? It might be a very brief stint in the fresh air but it will be a fun memory maker!
Have a nature ‘treasure’ hunt to say Merry Christmas
One thing we did a few years ago was to make a list of all the animals and birds we might see in the garden and strive to wish them a Merry Christmas. We made the list up on Christmas eve – always a day when I struggle to fill with enough activities – and the kids were really excited to spend a little time the next day (I’ll admit it was after the main presents were opened) finding some garden life to wish a Merry Christmas!
Feed the birds a special Christmas breakfast
Another idea which leads on nicely from the previous one is to decide on a nice feast that you can give the birds on Christmas day. A nice and specially made fat ball like this one is a good idea as well as spending some time really scattering a good helping of food around – got to make sure all the birds get their Christmas dinner!
Play with some outdoor toys
Outdoor toys are something I always encourage parents to think about including. It doesn’t have to be a big purchase like a bike, it can be something small and fun such as a kite or a remote control toy. If you have something that is designed to be played with outside then it’s the perfect reason to wrap up warm and give them a try out!
Here’s my winter gift guide if you’re looking for ideas for toys that will get kids outdoors.
Go on a post or pre Christmas dinner walk
Finally, a pre arranged walk after the dinner has been eaten is a wonderful way to get kids to calm down and get some much needed air in their lungs and to stretch their legs. You could even arrange it for before the dinner if it will help the people cooking to get some time to prepare in peace. Perhaps take a walk and count how many Christmas trees you can see in people’s windows? Or maybe a nature walk to see what is around on Christmas day – how are the birds celebrating?
If you have any great ideas for getting kids some fresh air on Christmas Day I’d love to hear them!