Have you noticed anything different at your holiday gatherings the past few years or so? Is it just me or is everyone completely consumed with their electronic devices more than ever these days? Last Christmas, one whole side of the family got together from near and far and I would dare say that 80% of the family was on some type of electronic device throughout the duration of the party. UNACCEPTABLE. What have we done to ourselves and to our children? The holidays or any other type of family gathering is a time for enjoying each other's company and having fun and making memories. Fun memories. Me staring at my nephew playing on his iPad, is not my idea of fun.
So, I have a little life hack that I would like to introduce to you and your family...
[PUT ANY & ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN A BOX & LOCK THAT BOX IN A ROOM UNTIL THE END OF THE NIGHT!]
Oh, no! What will all of the wild and unruly children do without their devices?! Don't worry, I have a complete list of top-notch suggestions that will get everyone in the family involved and having fun.
1) Board Games: The game that everyone is talking about this year is Watch Ya' Mouth. You put in these cheek retractors and try your very best to speak out the phrases on the cards. It's hilarious and will give everyone a good belly laugh.
Or stick to a few classics like Jenga, Checkers, or cards. I advise you to NOT play Monopoly, the point of this whole no electronics thing is to bring you closer together as a family--not to rip you to shreds.
2) Movies: This is a great one, especially if you have younger ones. There is nothing better than curling up in some fuzzy blankets and watching a Christmas movie. My favorite is The Santa Clause, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Polar Express :) Don't forget the hot cocoa!
3) Get Outside: No matter what climate you live in, you can always bring the party outdoors! I live in West Michigan, so it's usually pretty chilly by Christmas and we usually have a little bit of snow starting to gather on the ground. Go sledding, have a snowman building contest, or play some yard games.
4) Crafts: Go to your local craft store and get some crafting supplies and have a stocking decorating contest or have everyone decorate an ornament for the tree. For those that just aren't in the mood to get crafty, they can be judges. Whichever craft you choose, just make sure it is something that everyone be able to participate in.
5) Food: In addition to eating an abundance of delicious food, you can always get the party started by having everyone build their own gingerbread house! There is no age limit to this activity either, littles love decorating and playing with food!
If you have any ideas on how to get everyone involved and having fun at the next holiday party, please comment your suggestion below! Happy holidays everyone :)