How many times did you pull on a bonbon this Christmas?
We had them at two family functions, and actually found different jokes in each set. Not that they are necessarily jokes we haven’t heard before, but at least there was variety!
So to add some post-Christmas cheer (or groans as you may be inclined!) here are some of the jokes I came across this year… and they are all family friendly, too!
What do you call a bankrupt Santa?
What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?
Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas?
What do you call a kid who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus?
A rebel without a Claus
Where does Santa go when he’s sick?
the elf centre
What did the sea say to Santa?
Nothing! But it did wave…
What do reindeer hang on their Christmas trees?
What do you call a dog who works for Santa?
What do Santa’s little helpers learn at school?
What do monkeys sing at Christmas?
Jungle Bells, Jungle Bells
What goes OH OH OH?
Santa walking backwards!
Why is it getting harders to buy advent calendars?
Because their days are numbered
Why does Santa love gardening?
Because he goes HO HO HO!
What is the best Christmas present in the world?
A broken drum – you just can’t beat it!
What nationality is Santa?
What do you get when Santa stops moving?
Why is it getting harder to buy Advent Calendars?
They’re days are numbered
Who is Santa’s favourite singer?
What is green and goes camping?
A Brussel Scout
What’s the difference between a boogie and a Brussel spout?
Kids don’t eat sprouts
There were lots of non-Christmas and non-Santa jokes in our 2014 bonbons if you want some more to read or share!
It is now Christmas Day and we wish you a wonderful day filled with love, laughter and friendship.
If you’re in a heat wave like us, remember to drink plenty of water and stay cool.
To me, one of the highlights of Christmas is time spent with people you care about, whether they are family or friends, we all tend to make time to catch up with people during December.
But what sorts of things can you do with your immediate family as Christmas activities? Or with a group you are catching up with?
Thanks to Clair’s comment about finding some family activities for Christmas somewhat challenging, I got inspired and am trying to give everyone lots of celebratory ideas!
There are many things you can do, of course, but here are a few categories and specific ideas to get you thinking about how to entertain the kids and family at home in the lead up to Christmas…
Sometimes you just need to get out of the house or you want the excitement of doing something different, so I’ve also listed some Christmas activities you can visit…
Set up a family advent calendar where each day you select an activity (eg have them on pieces of paper in a jar – maybe have a weekend jar and a weekday jar though to allow for different amounts of time available) to do as a family.
As well as doing anything in the above lists, what else would your calendar could include?
* Images courtesy of 123rf & LoveSanta
Writing letters to Santa is a long standing tradition in many places around the world.
It is a lot of fun and has many benefits for children, but it can also be a family event that is lots of fun.
So how can you make it a family activity?
Basically, you just have to make the time to sit down together and write letters to Santa. But to get you moving, here are a few tips…
Writing Santa letters together has a number of advantages, including kids learning some useful lessons such as
Has your family (present or in your childhood) ever written Santa letters together? Are they special memories?
The first of December – that means summer is here and Christmas is not too far away now (unless you’re an excited three year old anyway!)
What do you do to celebrate the start of December?
We put our tree up as a family, while listening to carols of course. And being such a beautiful evening today in Melbourne, we went outside and looked at Christmas lights in our street before the kids went to bed (a bit late!)
Well I guess we all have that one or maybe two relatives that we can’t stand but we have to put up with their presence every single time there is a family reunion!
Well, since Christmas is coming and my family already planned the whole thing out I was just wondering what could I buy for the two aunts that I deliberately dislike… I don’t know them very well but there’s one thing I know for sure – they love to criticize; so what could I do to please them?
Most people with a family probably like the idea of doing things together and enjoying the Christmas season as a united celebration. Yet it isn’t always easy to do, especially as kids grow older.
I think a key to making Christmas a family event is to include each person’s values and ideals. That probably means taking the time to discover what each person’s values actually are, of course, and then working together to incorporate those things.
For many Australians, Christmas Day is a whirlwind of opening gifts, visiting people and having huge meals before travelling to the next event. Yet what are the little things that actually matter to you and your family? Maybe it’s the tradition of opening gifts on Mum and Dad’s bed or having fresh fruit for breakfast, perhaps it’s singing carols together or having quiet time between gift-giving and dealing with lots of other people, and so on.
Plan at least one important thing for each person into your Christmas Day FIRST and then fit in other things. This way, everyone feel included and can look forward to part of Christmas Day.
Be willing to discuss new idea, too, and accept that some old traditions may not suit any more (what was cute for a 2-year-old may be embarrassing or boring for a 14-year-old).
Throw in some extra fun, too, as part of the lead up to Christmas – and maybe in the days afterwards. Make things more relaxed, having everyone at home without guests or the need to dress up, and do family things – play board games, sing karaoke, do a jigsaw, play charades, make paper chains, watch a movie, give each other massages or play ‘truth or dare’.
Building some family Christmas memories will make Christmas fun and probably reduce some of the stress Christmas can cause.
We spend Christmas Eve doing silly things as a family! It started when our kids were little but we all love it so it’s kept going – our kids are now grownup and bring along boyfriends and wives, too. The new comers find it a bit strange at first but soon they’re hooked – it’s a lovely way to relax before the big day and it really gets us feeling good and happy to be together.
A lot of it is just silliness that follows when you laugh a to but some things we do are:
If you are part of a couple, which family do you see on Christmas Day (or Christmas Eve if that’s your preference)? How did/do you decide on that arrangement?
There are so many factors involved I am sure there are many answers to this question – location of families, relationships, extended family commitments, mobility, what suits the kids’ needs and so on.
Have you found a solution for your family or is it an issue every year?
How much do you dress up for Christmas Day? Is it a special occasion you get a new outfit for or choose your best clothes in advance? Maybe you have a casual day with the family and wear whatever you grab from the drawer that morning?
I can’t say I buy something new for Christmas Day, but I certainly do my best to look nice and consider dressing up to be part of the celebration (that is, making it a day out of the ordinary).
All my family dresses nicely, if not in their ‘good clothes’, but a couple of my in laws are much more casual (everyday t-shirts and shorts) which surprised me the first year or so. Having said that, they are neat and clean, and I don’t think they have dressy clothes for other occasions either so it works for them and no one seems to mind.
As a kid, we spent half the day on the beach so we mostly wore our good clothes there and then wore bathers!
Do you find that your entire family dresses to the same ‘code’? Does it matter to anyone on the day?
hi i am emily.
i love Christmas because i get to see my family and friends. also i get to do lots of cooking and partying and eating and talking and laughing.
Christmas is celebrated differently between families; each family having different rituals and traditions that are passed down over the years.
Some people open presents on Christmas Eve, some on Christmas Day and others after Christmas.
And others dance around their tree and sing songs as part of their celebrations.
My family doesn’t even have a tree at Christmas, we decorate the fireplace and chimney!
Though it is for the same thing, each family celebrates this day (well month really) in slightly different ways.
I’m curious as to what other people do – are we the only ones without a tree?* Image courtesy of 123rf