How To Get Into The Christmas Spirit

The decorations and Christmas advertising are starting to appear, but maybe you’re not feeling the festive vibes? If you’re searching for the Christmas spirit yourself or you’re looking for some new ideas we’ve put together ten simple ways to help you ensure the Grinch doesn’t take hold.

For many Christmas comes with a range of mixed emotions but it can be an opportunity for a bit of lighthearted fun. With so many of the traditional Christmas activities cancelled, getting into the Christmas spirit will be a bit different this year, so here are our tips on how to get everyone involved with some festive fun.

Watch a movie

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit than with a Christmas movie. This year, the origin story of Father Christmas is re-imagined in Gil Kenan’s live-action movie A Boy Called Christmas.

A Boy Called Christmas

Based on the best-selling book, a boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father, taking with him a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse.

Nikolas soon meets his destiny in this magical, comic and endearing story.

Find A Boy Called Christmas at a big screen near you.

Sing some Christmas songs

Belting out some Christmas songs is good for the soul and although singing songs around the family piano is not a thing for most families, there’s nothing stopping you having a jolly old sing song in the car, or at bath or bed time.

Refresh your memory for the lyrics of the favourites, and if you need musical accompaniment there are some great playlists on Spotify such as the Best Christmas Playlist Ever, or our family favourite It’s a Hi-5 Christmas.

Make cards

When Grandparents say they don’t need anything for Christmas what they really mean is that something handmade with love would be perfect, so enlist the kids’ help to make some cards.

From simple fingerprint cards your toddler can decorate through to more creative options for older children, we have some great cards your children can make for those hard to buy for adults. Find them here

Make a special breakfast

Christmas Pancakes

Surprise the kids with a deviation from the usual cereal and toast with some fun Rudolph, Grinch, Cookie Cutter, or Santa pancakes.

Get a virtual Santa photo

Virtual Santa

This year it isn’t as easy to get your annual photo with the jolly old man so instead download this photo of him, paste a photo of the kids in (using free software such as Paint if you don’t have something suitable) and print.

Don’t forget to put it in its rightful place on the fridge 🙂


Even if you’re heading away for Christmas, put out at least some decorations as they are guaranteed to help boost the Christmas vibe. And don’t let the Grinches dictate when you’re allowed to put up your tree!

author robynWritten by Robyn

Robyn creates content on Kidspot NZ. Her hobbies include buying cleaning products and wondering why things don’t then clean themselves, eating cheese scones with her friends, and taking her kids to appointments. 

Favourite motto to live by: “This too will pass”

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