After all the build-up to the big day, the time between Christmas and New Year can seem hard to fill. But don’t panic. With a few imaginative ideas, you can keep the whole family happy and make the time just as special as Christmas Day itself.
1. Sparkle and magic
Take your pick from one of the beautiful outdoor ice rinks around and gather the family for a skate. Wrap the kids up well and enjoy a hot chocolate after. Make a Twixmas evening super special by doing sparklers in the garden.
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2. It’s showtime
A whole afternoon can be spent practising and putting on a play. Suggest kids re-enact their favourite book, make up a dance to a Disney song or think up their own story. Alternatively, get kids inspired by going to a panto.
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3. Snug and cosy
Winter nights are made for cosying up. Let everyone get in their pjs early, put on some tunes and have a pyjama party. Or drape a sheet over some chairs, let kids grab all the cushions they can find and build a den.
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4. About town
There’s something instantly festive about twinkly Christmas lights. Plan a walk that takes in your neighbours’ Christmas lights and all vote on your favourite decorations at the end. Also make use of friends’ houses during Twixmas- kids will love showing their new toys.
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5. The game is on
Remember the fun when you were a kid challenging your family to a board game? Channel that nostalgia with a games afternoon. Have little prizes handy and make sure everyone wins one. Or set up a Christmas treasure hunt around your house or garden.
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6. The great outdoors
Getting out and about is key to keeping everyone happy. Head out on a winter walk and take homemade biscuits as a little midway treat. Or take everyone to a children’s farm- many have nativity scenes and dressing up.
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