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Christmas is approaching and magic is in the air and you want to make sure this special holiday is enjoyed and appreciated by the whole family. That’s why KnowInsider makes this list of our top 7 picks for Christmas activities and fun holiday card ideas the whole family can enjoy. Get started below to plan the ultimate holiday bucket list.

Here are top 7 funniest activities for your family on Christmas Eve:

#1. Choose a Fun Way to Countdown to Christmas.

How are you going to countdown to Christmas this year? Stretch out the Christmas joy by doing something fun and Christmassy every single day from the 1st to the 25th of December. The options are endless, as cited by Daring To Live Fully. Here are some ideas:

- Get 25 pieces of paper, write a Christmas activity on each one, and stick them in envelopes numbered one to 25. Activities can include things such as going to the mall to listen to carolers, watching “Elf”, and going to Starbucks for a Gingerbread Latte.

- Get an over-the-door shoe organizer with 24 pockets, and number the pockets from one to 24. Put little gifts in each pocket.

- Make a beer advent calendar and toast the holidays.

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#2. Holiday Light Tour

There's bound to be a Clark Griswold wanna-be in your neck of the woods! Pile the kids in the car, put on some Christmas songs, and drive around to homes or neighbourhoods known for their over-the-top Christmas light displays. While spending quality time in the car with your loved ones make a decoration scavenger hunt, tell the Christmas story, or sing Christmas carols along with the music.

Get festive (and stay warm!) with these light-up gloves perfect for a tour around the neighbourhood.

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#3. Trim Your Tree With a Theme.

Trimming the tree is always fun, but it’s even better if you come up with a theme. Ideas for themed Christmas trees are endless. Here are some of them:

- You can try a classic theme, such as angels or winter wonderland.

- If you have kids you can try a superhero theme for your Christmas tree.

- If you’re a Tim Burton aficionado you can put together a “The Nightmare Before Christmas” themed tree.

- If you love the beach, you can get shell ornaments, fill glass ball ornaments with sand, use sand dollars, and so on and put up a Christmas tree with a beach theme.

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#4. Wreath-Making

Everybody loves a festive wreath, and this is a great DIY Christmas decoration activity. Take the kids outside for a quick winter walk to gather evergreen branches and pine cones, trim some from the bottom of your Christmas tree or just buy some at the store. Attach your greens to a foam or wire ring (a bent metal coat hanger works well) and allow the kids to decorate it with Christmas ornaments and bows. Or make this preschooler-friendly paper wreath featuring tracings of your child's cute little hands, according to Family Education.

Keep it simple with this foam wreath making kit perfect for kids and easy cleanup!

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#5. Create a Christmas Playlist.

Make a list of your favourite Christmas songs, find the best version of each song, and create a Christmas playlist. Then, listen to your playlist from the 1st of December to the 25th.

Include perennial favourites, such as these: "O Holy Night", "Jingle Bells", "Let It Snow", "I’ll Be Home for Christmas", "White Christmas", "Last Christmas", "All I want for Christmas is You", ...

#6. Christmas Movies

Spending an afternoon or evening watching Christmas movies is a must! (You could also spread out your movie marathon over the course of a week.) Let each family member choose a favourite holiday flick to watch with the family. Cuddle up under blankets with a warm cup of cocoa and some popcorn to make it feel extra special.

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Choose from five-holiday movie favourites (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, The Little Drummer Boy, Frosty the Snowman, and Cricket on the Hearth) with this fun box set.

#7. Try Your Hand at a Holiday Craft.

Buying Christmas ornaments is always fun. However, there’s nothing better than making an ornament yourself, and then proudly displaying it on the tree or on the mantle, or even wearing your handiwork. Even if you’re not crafty, there are lots of easy crafts you can try. Beaded safety pins with Christmas patterns are an easy holiday craft.

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