The holiday season is the perfect time of year to spend quality time with those you hold dear. Are you looking to start some simple yet heartwarming traditions with your children? Our 12 Days of Christmas Fun checklist is full of budget-friendly ideas the whole family can enjoy: 

Day 1

Help your children write letters to Santa and drop their wish lists in the mail.  

Day 2

Build a gingerbread house and have your children decorate it with their favourite candies.

Day 3

Go on a Christmas lights tour and vote for your favourite displays.

Day 4

Make your own holiday cards and write a sweet note in each.

Day 5

Make a holiday-themed craft — like a homemade ornament that you can add to your tree each year.

Day 6

Go ice skating or tobogganing, then cozy up with a steaming cup of hot cocoa. 

Day 7

Watch a Christmas movie. The Polar Express, Elf and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are just a few holiday classics.

Day 8

Make festive wreaths. Attach some evergreen branches and pinecones to a foam or wire ring, and have your children add ornaments and bows. 

Day 9 

Rehearse a Christmas play to perform on Christmas Day. Opt for a classic like A Christmas Carol, or put on an original production.  

Day 10

Donate canned goods to a local charity or collect old toys and drop them off at a toy drive.  

Day 11

Organize a Christmas carol karaoke night featuring holiday hits like Jingle Bells, Silent Night and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, among other classics. 

Day 12

Have a Christmas PJ slumber party the night before Christmas.

Happy holidays!