Remember the excitement of Christmas when you were a little kid? All the bits and pieces leading up to the big day were SO exciting and going to bed on Christmas Eve was the best, because you were so full of crazy anticipation to see what Santa left under the tree for you.
Then you grow up and the excitement level isn’t really peaking like it used to. As a grown-up, that innocence and wonder that comes with Christmas as a kid is no longer the same and it feels a little, blah.
The excitement of Christmas for me, and for many of us, is re-ignited when we have our own families. Even if you don’t have children, spending Christmas day surrounded by little people is magical. All of those old feelings of enthusiasm come back on a whole new level.
Here are a few ideas to turn the excitement dial to max for the little ones in your life.
- Santa Surveillance
You can either set up your own cam, or just show the kids a cool video like this one to get them crazy excited before bed on Christmas Eve. This is all the proof they need that the big man is real.
2. Treasure Hunt
What kid doesn’t love a good treasure hunt? To extend the life of your Chrissie morning, leave a few presents under the tree and then lead them on a treasure hunt through the house to search for the rest.
- Feed the Reindeers
A few days before Christmas Eve, get the kids to make a batch of ‘Reindeer food’ to sprinkle in the front garden to attract the reindeers. You can chuck in whatever you like, but we like a mix of oats, glitter and sprinkles. The kids can also pop this into little mesh bags and hand out to friends and other family members to use in their homes.
- Reindeer Poo
What goes in must come out, right? Process a few dates, mix with a bit of cocoa and a sprinkle of your reindeer food and form into mini logs and voila, you’ve got reindeer poo! A little gross, but a lot of fun and will give the kids a good giggle.
- Kringl App
This will blow your kids minds! Kringl is a free app that adds Santa doing things like laying out gifts and smashing down the milk and cookies you left out for him IN YOUR OWN LIVING ROOM!
- A letter from Santa
Check out Design Editor for printable stationery from Santa’s own desk to leave as a thankyou note to your kiddies. Did you know Santa has his own letterhead? Of course he does….
- Get them into the spirit of giving.
This is such a beautiful idea. A few days before Christmas, clean out your kids toy cupboards and have them choose some toys that they have outgrown or don’t play with anymore. Have the kids put the gifts into a bag to leave under the tree for Santa to deliver to a charity or kids in need.
- NORAD Santa Tracker
Check in on where Santa’s at on Christmas Eve with the Norad Tracker – it’ll tell you where Santa currently is and how many gifts he’s delivered so far.
- Don’t forget to capture their little faces
Having footage or pics of your little ones as they open their gifts is priceless and if you’re into keepsakes, get inspired by this dad, who filmed his kids coming down the stairs on Christmas morning for 25 years and compiled it into one sweet video.
10. Santa’s messy footprints
Get some bi-carb soda and glitter onto the soles of a pair of boots and set a trail of Santa’s messy boots en route to your tree. It’ll only take a few minutes to vacuum up and the bi-carb will leave your house smelling fresh. Double win.
We hope these ideas have given you a little inspiration to add a bit of extra fun to your Christmas morning. Happy unwrapping!! xx