Small Family Christmas Celebrations: An Ultimate Guide

Published October 7, 2020
small family Christmas celebration

Small family Christmas celebrations are fun when you tailor holiday activities to fit your family. You can establish your own special family traditions for a small family Christmas celebration that can include dinner, games, and other family activities.

Small Family Christmas Themes

You can make your small family Christmas extra special when you choose a new Christmas theme. It's easy to turn the process of selecting your new Christmas theme into a family game.

  1. Discuss various ideas for your new Christmas theme.
  2. Decide on three or four favorite Christmas themes.
  3. Write each theme on an individual strip of paper.
  4. Fold the paper strips and place in a bowl.
  5. Designate one family member to draw from the bowl.
  6. Read out the Christmas theme winner.

Shop for New Christmas Theme Decorations

You can continue the game by shopping online for decorations. If your family has more than one electronic device, you can team up or continue individually.

  1. Decide what type of decorations you want to shop for.
  2. Set a timer for browsing.
  3. When the timer goes off, have each family member reveal what they found.
  4. Decide as a family which of the decorations you wish to purchase and place your order.
Christmas tree ornaments

Modified Version of Christmas Theme Decorations

If your budget can't accommodate an entire Christmas theme makeover, limit it to one new ornament, Christmas decoration, or Christmas scented candle. You can adjust this family Christmas celebration idea to fit your needs.

New Christmas Theme Decoration Craft Ideas

If your family enjoys crafts and you want to add a personal touch to your new Christmas theme, you can make ornaments and other decorations for your Christmas celebration. Some ideas include:

  • Make your own Christmas ornaments, such as creating pony bead ornaments, filling glass/plastic ball ornaments, using cookie cutters to make dough ornaments, or fashioning ornaments from pinecones and other natural elements.
  • Design and craft Christmas word messages from cardboard or wood.
  • Craft old Christmas cards into Christmas gift tags, ornaments, placemats, and other clever items.
  • Make Christmas poppers for your Christmas dinner.
Family crafting Christmas cards

Make Homemade Christmas Gifts

You can start a small family Christmas tradition by celebrating with a homemade gift for each family member or drawing names for your gift giving. You can also embrace this tradition for gifting extended family members and friends.

A few homemade gift ideas include:

Give Back to Your Community at Christmas

You can also come up with various ideas that your small family can celebrate the Christmas season by volunteering. There are many ways your family can give back to your community. Some Christmas season events include:

Volunteers collecting donations at Christmas

Establish Small Family Christmas Eve Traditions

You can create your own Christmas Eve family traditions. There are several ways you can build up the anticipation for Christmas Day and spend quality time as a family.

  • Attend a midnight Christmas Eve church service.
  • Make hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies to enjoy while reading the Night Before Christmas poem.
  • Drive around town neighborhoods to see light displays.
  • Let each family member open one special present on Christmas Eve.
  • During Christmas Eve morning, bake and decorate Christmas cookies and then award small prizes for different categories, such as most creative, most festive, and so on.
  • Pop popcorn and watch a Christmas movie together.
  • Make a gingerbread house and decorate it.
  • Play a board game while listening to Christmas music.
  • Play musical instruments for a family Christmas concert.
  • Leave a plate of cookies and a glass of milk for Santa.
  • Make Christmas cards for each other, punch a hole and tie it onto the Christmas tree with ribbon to open on Christmas morning.
mother and daughter decorating gingerbread house

Christmas Dinner Ideas for Small Family

You can make your small family Christmas dinner a culinary delight. You can opt for a traditional Christmas dinner of turkey, dressing, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows, cranberry sauce, and a Christmas dessert.

Family serving christmas dinner

Special Place Settings

You can make your Christmas dinner unique by using Christmas-themed china and glassware. If your budget can't make the leap for such an expenditure, you can use themed placemats.

Create Your Own Placemats

You can turn this into a family craft by using construction paper to make individual placemats. Use cookie cutters to trace Christmas shapes to glue onto the construction place mat. If you prefer, you can substitute construction paper with felt. Provide your family with a mix of glitter, beads, ribbons, and various Christmas themed miniature objects that can be used to decorate the placemats. If you're good with a sewing machine, you can create more substantial placemats.

Small Family Christmas Activities of Fun and Games

You can start a Christmas tradition for your small family by playing various games. You may decide a week-long Christmas game marathon is a cool idea that ends with prizes for the winners of each round and a grand prize for the family member with the most wins! Be sure to wrap the prize to make receiving it more festive. If you're challenged by the coronavirus, staying home means being creative with fun and games.

A few ideas to get you started include:

  • Board games
  • Charades
  • Pictionary
  • Blindfold hit the pinata
  • Christmas-themed face painting
  • Scavenger hunt inside and outside house
  • Play your favorite card game with small Christmas themed prizes for each round
  • Write your own Christmas story, print it out complete with illustrations and/or photos
  • Take turns to play Hot and Cold Game searching for small, novelty, hidden gifts or new ornaments for tree
Girl with a painted face

Creative Small Family Christmas Celebration Activities

Once the Christmas gifts have been unwrapped and Christmas dinner finished, it's time for entertainment. Your family can choose one or more activities to incorporate into your new Christmas tradition.

  • Play tag football in the backyard.
  • Add red and green food coloring to water pistols to create canvas art.
  • Build a tent challenge (individual or teams of two).
  • Scrapbook pages of your Christmas day together.
  • Make a memento of your Christmas day with a photo ornament.
  • Make a movie of your day and upload to share with family and friends.
  • Skype or Zoom with extended family members.
  • Watch a movie with a big bowl of popcorn.
  • Roast chestnuts or pop popcorn over the fireplace fire.
  • Make finger puppets and put on a play.
Christmas finger puppets

Ideas for Small Family Christmas Celebrations

There are many exciting ideas for your family to consider for fun small family Christmas celebrations. You can even turn the decision-making process into a family project or family game to get everyone involved.

Small Family Christmas Celebrations: An Ultimate Guide