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It’s almost Christmas! Let’s have some fun.

December 20, 2012

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….everywhere you go! The decorations are up, the lights are twinkling, and the holiday season is truly upon us. If you have children, this also means that school will be closed for a week and your kids will be HOME with you.

So, what types of activities do you have planned during this special time? Here are some suggestions on how you can enjoy this time with your kids and keep that Christmas feeling all week long!

  • Check out the Christmas lights – it is always fun to drive around admiring all the beautiful Christmas lights and outdoor decorations that can be seen in your own neighborhood. There is something magical about it. Be sure to have your radio station set to hear your favorite Christmas music while you drive.
  • Watch holiday movies – From Miracle on 34th Street to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, there are hundreds of great holiday movies to watch! Snuggle up on the couch, pop some popcorn, and make a family evening of it!
  • Bake some holiday goodies – Why not spend an afternoon in the kitchen baking all those wonderful holiday cookies, pies and cakes that you loved from your childhood. Get your kids to create a ‘recipe’ book including all their favorite yummy treats.
  • Give back to the community and volunteer – There is nothing more rewarding than ‘helping those less fortunate’ during the holidays. Teach your kids importance of giving back to their community.
  • Make a video Christmas card– Break out your video camera and have your kids act out a favorite Christmas movie scene or sing their favorite Christmas carols. Then, send your Christmas video to family and friends.
  • Go ice skating – Lace up your skates and hit the ice! Even if you aren’t skating on a frozen pond in Vermont, you can still enjoy the wind in your face and the ice under your feet inside a mall or indoor ice rink.
  • Read a book – Visit your local library and have your kids pick out 2 or 3 books they want to read over the Christmas holiday….for added fun, have each child select a book with a Christmas theme.
  • Go to a museum – Take in some culture and visit one of the area’s many fine museums.
  • Take a road trip – One of the many benefits of living in Florida is that we are never more than a few hours’ drive to FUN! Take a drive to Clearwater and meet Winter the dolphin, or hop over to Orlando for a fun day at the Disney Parks
  • Got to the theater – Check out your local schools and community theater groups for a schedule of Christmas plays. The Nutcracker is always a holiday favorite.

For more ideas on what to do, visit

http://events.heraldtribune.com/sarasota-fl/events/sarasota+christmas+events


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