With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us will be considering just how to keep everyone entertained at home. Especially since this year many of us may be in some form of lockdown over Christmas this year. What if there are many weeks needing filling while stuck at home? Fear not, we have come up with a few top tips and games you can do with the whole family over the holidays to keep everyone happy, safe, entertained, and more! Read on to find out more.
A timeless classic. Board games are designed to help pass the time on long winter evenings while having plenty of fun with the whole family. One of the favorites is Scrabble, which has been around for almost 100 years, making it a classic. It has been referred to as “the most satisfying game win” which we couldn’t agree more with. Partly down to chance and partly down to your skills, you’ll surely feel like a champion when you beat your family in this puzzling word game. The experts over at UnscrambleWords.Net also advised using a tool if you want to practice your skills and enhance your vocabulary. You will surely have a competitive advantage on your next game night!
Aside from Scrabble, there are many other classics out there that can take a nice long evening to play. Consider Monopoly, Chess, or Trivial Pursuit for more long-lasting fun.
With one deck of cards, you can play over 1,000 games! Sure, you don’t have time to learn that many on one holiday, but there are plenty of classics you can learn and teach your family. Start with some simple games like snap, matching cards, and trying to empty your hand before everyone else’s. If you’re feeling more adventurous try Rummy or even one of the Poker variations. Once you have mastered a game and your family are playing altogether, you will be surprised at how much entertainment can be derived from one simple deck of 52 cards.
If it’s holiday spirit the family is craving, dig into some holiday movies. Consider a TV service subscription as this time of year they are all full to the brim with feel-good films! There’s nothing better than getting the whole family cozy in front of the screen and watching a cheerful family movie. Get the popcorn and snacks ready and settle in for a couple of hours of holiday joy. It seems a lot of cinemas may remain closed or socially-distanced for the winter season, so bring the cinema home to your family with the right snacks and the lights dimmed.
Create a Christmas Playlist
How about simply keeping the magic alive all day long with some great music? Who knows, the whole family might even break out into an impromptu singalong! If you’re not a fan of specific Christmas or holiday music, we recommend making it a family activity by asking everyone in the house to submit their favorite songs to the playlist. This also means everyone in the family has a bit of their own top music on the playlist, keeping everyone happy every day.
Depending on where you are in the world, there are plenty of holiday cooking favorites that you could take on during the holiday break. We’re talking about the USA, Turkey, British roast Christmas dinner, or even an Italian Panettone. Whether you’re an experienced chef or a total kitchen novice, there are hundreds of recipes to try. Better still, get the kids involved with the cooking and make it a family activity. Be prepared for some mess, but also plenty of laughs along the way. Plus, at the end of it all, you get to eat everything you’ve made. Sounds great to us!
Learn Something New
This isn’t necessarily everyone’s first thought when it comes to the holiday season, but we think downtime is a great time to be learning something new. If there’s something you or a family member has always wanted to try, why not tackle it together in the holiday break? It could be something as simple as buying some watercolor paints and trying your hand at painting holiday-themed pictures with the kids. If you want more of a challenge learn a new sport, video game, or skill. 9 out of 10 Americans surveyed in 2020 said they wanted to use their downtime to learn a new skill, why not use the holidays to do it together?
There we have our top 6 ideas for keeping the family entertained and happy during the holidays this year. Give all of them a go, mix it up, find out what everyone likes the sound of, and then get involved. We can only hope your holidays are relaxed, happy, and full of entertaining memories. Happy holidays to you all!