For most kids, Christmas break began this week. It’s exciting to have the kids home from school during the holiday, but if your kids are anything like mine, too much unstructured time spells trouble with a capital “T.”

Even though we homeschool now, we are taking a two week break fro academics. That doesn’t mean I’m going to let the kids run wild, though. These are a few frugal activities we have on our agenda, to keep the kids out of trouble.

Bake

I  love baking with the kids, but frequently we don’t have enough time to bake with our busy schedule. Since all of our outside activities are on break now, we’ll have time to make some goodies this week.

On the agenda is fudge, brownies, and maybe some cookies to give away on Christmas day.

Look at Christmas Lights

We haven’t been out to look at Christmas lights yet, so we’ll go out this week. There are a couple of really good areas around town to see. If we’re ambitious, we’ll drive to Ashland, where the downtown area is brightly lit up with holiday lights.

Read Christmas Stories

We love reading aloud, especially in the winter. There’s just nothing like snuggling up with a warm blanket, a cup of hot cocoa, and a good book. We know for sure we’ll be reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It’s our favorite! We may also read A Christmas Carol. You can get it free for the Kindle at Amazon.

Watch Christmas Movies

Another one of our favorite Christmastime activities is watching Christmas movies. I’ve been told we need to make time for >A Christmas Story and >The Polar Express this week. Bring on the popcorn!

What are your favorite things to do with the kids during Christmas break?

Photo by Vince Alongi.