A crackling fire can add warmth and a character to your home on a snowy, winter night. It’s an opportunity for the whole family to gather around the fireplace and experience the glow of the freshly lit fire while sharing some time together away from the hubbub and confusion of outside life. With everyone gathered around the warm glow of the fire, you’re going to need some family entertainment. Here are some family Christmas activities to keep your family entertained while gathered around the fireplace:
Family Christmas activity: Tell ghost stories.
With a freshly lit fire and a dimly lit room, this is the perfect setting for the family to gather around the fireplace and tell ghost stories. The fire will give such atmosphere to the stories and make them seem all the more scary. Let everyone take turns telling their ghost story and then vote on the best one.
Family Christmas activity: Share memories.
Why not bring out your old photo albums and scrapbooks while everyone is gathered around the fireplace? There’s nothing more entertaining than looking at old photographs and sharing forgotten memories. This activity can help to bring you closer together as a family.
Family Christmas activity: Toast some marshmallows.
Get a long-handled roasting fork from your local sporting goods store and some marshmallows from your supermarket. Then experience the joy of roasting marshmallows the old-fashioned way. Add some hot chocolate and you’ll have the perfect sweet snack for around the fireplace.
Family Christmas activity: Play some old-fashioned card games.
There are a multitude of fun card games to play around the fireplace. How about a game of gin rummy, blackjack, or crazy eights? These old fashioned card games can be a welcome break from computer games and is an activity that can be fun for young and old alike.
Family Christmas activity: Play some board games.
Why not bring out the board games for the whole family to enjoy? It’s probably been a long time since your family has played a spirited game of Monopoly or Clue. If skill games are more your style, bring out the Scrabble board or engage the family in a friendly game of Trivial Pursuit. It’ll be an evening to remember.
Family Christmas activity: Make future plans as a family.
As you gather around the fireplace and gaze into the smoldering embers of the fire, plan your next vacation when the weather turns warm again. Let each family member give his or her vision of where they’d like to go and what they’d like to do. Write down your ideas and you’ll have your summer vacation planned out well ahead of time. Plus, you’ll each have a chance to share your idea of a dream vacation.
Family time spent around the fireplace can be a chance to draw family members closer together. Why not light a fire, get cozy, and spend some time together with these family Christmas activities?