Smart Ideas To Make Christmas Caroling Family Friendly
If you’ve seen ‘Elf’, chances are you’re familiar with Buddy’s cheerful motto: The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! What better chance to sing out about your love for the holiday than on a family Christmas caroling outing? Depending on how old your kids are, caroling may be easier said than done, so today I’m sharing a few ideas to make your caroling extra fun this year. Read on to see how we make it work and how we indulge in a sweet treat while we’re out singing!
FAMILY FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS CAROLING TIPS & TRICKS
Dress In Layers
We live in upstate New York, where the weather is notoriously fickle. We can have VERY frigid, snowy winters though. Whenever we prepare for outdoor winter activities like Christmas caroling, I like to dress my family in layers. That way I know everyone is warm enough, and we can easily take off a layer or two off if the night is warmer than expected. Long underwear, polar fleece clothes, and a winter jacket are definite musts when getting ready to head out Christmas caroling!
Much like at Halloween, there’s a good chance your Christmas caroling fun will take place after dark. (Especially since it gets dark SO early now!). Be sure to carol safely, with lights or reflectors. Glow sticks, flashlights, or even battery operated Christmas lights are the perfect choice to ensure cars on the road can see your family as you walk and sing!
Practice, Practice, practice!
Let’s be honest, Christmas caroling isn’t very fun when no one knows the words! Be sure to start practicing favorite carols with your kiddos at least a few weeks ahead of time. They’ll be ready to belt out another chorus of ‘Jingle Bells’ on cue, and it will be more fun for everyone involved!
Make It Festive!
Be sure to turn Christmas caroling into a true holiday experience. There are some simple ways to make the activity extra merry! String your wagon or stroller with tinsel garlands and/or battery operated Christmas lights. Dress up in festive holiday-wear… A santa hat or some reindeer antlers can go a long way to making the night extra exciting! Our elf on the shelf brought us these fun holiday glasses- perfect for the boys to rock during Christmas caroling!
Let’s face it, Christmas is a time for treats. Caroling is a great time to indulge in a few sweets with your family- they’ll give you an energy boost for more enthusiastic singing, and make your outing extra fun! Of course, you can go with an old standard like cookies, candy canes, or hot cocoa, but sometimes it’s fun to mix things up. I love the idea of making your own holiday fudge pops before heading out for Christmas caroling! There’s no worry about spilling hot liquid or kids burning their tongues like you’d have with traditional hot cocoa or cider. If you live in a cool climate like I do, there’s no need for a cooler either- just grab your holiday fudge pops and head out! Read on to see how easy they are to make!
EASY HOLIDAY FUDGE POPS FOR CHRISTMAS CAROLING
When shopping for supplies to put this fun recipe together, I knew I would choose heavy cream from Dairy Pure. The company’s products come from dairy farms local to me- you can’t beat the taste of fresh, pure milk and cream!
- One 3.4 oz package cook-and-serve chocolate pudding mix.
- 3 cups milk.
- 1/4 cup sugar.
- 1/2 cup Dairy Pure heavy cream.
- Assorted mix ins.
- We used a variety of crushed mints, festive sprinkles, and other candies. Get creative and think about your family’s favorite flavors!
- Mix pudding mix, milk, and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil.
- Stir and continue cooking for about 2 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 30 minutes, while stirring frequently.
- Fold cream into mixture.
- Pour into ice-pop molds.
- Add mix-ins, customizing each fudge pop to your taste.
- Freeze for about 4 hours, until solid.
- Enjoy while you’re out Christmas caroling!
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Does your family go Christmas caroling together? What do you do to make it extra fun? Let me know in the comments below!