The Best Fireside Activities to Enjoy
All Christmas activities are, in a small way, tied to the fireplace. After all, that’s where Santa makes his entrance with his sack of gifts. Christmas decorations are festive, but only a fireplace can create that perfect fireside ambiance during the holidays. Make the most of your fireplace and the season by planning memorable family activities by the fire.
Decorate the Hearth
When you put up the Christmas tree, get a fire started and make it a family occasion. Consider adding a new twist. Instead of always using the same hearth decorations, try a new holiday look on the fireplace every year.
Perhaps different family members could take turns in teams and do a hearth reveal after decorating the tree. Then take the annual family Christmas photo in front of the decked-out fireplace.
Campout Around the Fireplace
Every year have a campout around the Christmas tree and hearth. Make sure everyone is a safe distance from the fireplace. Pets, stuffed animals, pillows, and blankets should also be kept at least three feet away from the flames. Of course, it will feel more like a bona fide campout if you roast marshmallows or have s’mores. Look at old Christmas pictures and share favorite holiday memories as everyone is getting settled for sleep.
Enjoy a Game Night
There are many potential versions of an exciting game night for the family, and a lot has to do with everyone’s age. When there are still young kids in the family, the games need to fit with every age on some level so that no one is left out of the fun. As kids get older, you could ramp up the thrills and have a sort of high-speed family Olympics in board-game-playing. Make up your own rules with fun being the number one goal.
Tell Christmas Ghost Stories
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is arguably one of the best Christmas stories of all time—and it’s a ghost story! Have a night in which all the lights are out except the Christmas tree and the fireplace. Share traditional holiday ghost tales or make up your own. Reading or watching A Christmas Carol is just as perfect an option.
Have an Annual Christmas Reading
On a night when the entire family can gather around the fire, read a favorite Christmas book. Your family may favor a classic such as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The First Christmas, or Frosty the Snowman. Although this tradition may seem most appropriate when children are small, it can be just as special when everyone is grown.
Sing Holiday Songs
Whether someone can play the keyboard or you access backup music online, sing Christmas songs together by the fire. Bring out the karaoke machine or get one of the new microphones that plays music and amplifies voices and turn the event into a night of performances. You could even use the time as practice for going caroling in your neighborhood.
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