Make Holiday Times Family Times
Food and family fun are important and positive part of celebrations and holidays. Sharing a meal, time with loved ones, or a homemade gift is a way to share the joy and love of the holiday spirit.
Old and new holiday traditions
- Light a nightly holiday candle.
- Read a holiday book to your children every night.
- Listen to holiday music at meal times.
- Make holiday crafts with your children.
- Sing carols with family and friends.
- Do family activities such as sledding, walking, or playing games.
- Make gifts from your kitchen - quick breads or ornaments.
- String popcorn or make paper chains to decorate your home.
Low-cost gift ideas
Choose a few apples and oranges and arrange in a basket or decorated paper bag.
Make a loaf of yeast bread or rolls from scratch or frozen bread dough and share while they are warm.
Make gift certificates on old Christmas cards or with paper and stickers. List what you will do for that person; for example, give a free hug, wash the dishes, babysit for one hour, make a cup of hot cocoa, etc.
Make play dough, place in plastic bag, and decorate the bag with stickers or ribbon.
Make your own play dough
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
1/4 cup salt
Food coloring or flavored drink powder
Stir all ingredients together and cook over medium heat until thick. Keep in a plastic bag or wrap and put in refrigerator.
Bake your own ornaments
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
- Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add water, a little at a time, mixing as you pour.
- Form into a ball and knead 7 to 10 minutes until dough is smooth.
- Shape into ornaments. Remember to put a hole in the ornament for hanging. A straw works will to make the hole!
- Bake at 325°F for 30 minutes or until dry. Dough can be made ahead and kept in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- Decorate, if you wish, with paint, glitter, or craft products.