Winter holidays conjure up thoughts of Jack Frost, ice skates, and snowflakes. It gives you an old-fashioned, cozy kind of feeling, doesn’t it?
Even though the weather in Houston will probably be in the mid-60s on December 25, you can still start your own holiday traditions – without the snow – by doing old-fashioned family-fun things.
Old-fashioned family fun is FREE!
Think back to the days before cell-phones and video games, even before TV and plastic toys. What did people do then?
A favorite games for ‘kids’ of all ages. One person chooses an item, then everyone tries to guess it using only “yes” or “no” questions. Things can get off track pretty quickly in this silly game!
Going on an RV Trip
This is basically a memory game. There are many different variations, but the important thing is that they’re easy and fun. The gist of the game is that the first person says something that starts with “a” like, “I’m going on an RV trip and I’m going to pack an apple.” Then the next player has to say they’ll pack an apple and something that starts with a “b”; the next player says both of those things and something that starts with “c” and so on until someone forgets and the game starts over.
This classic and prop-free game is a perfect way to pass the time until Santa Claus shows up. All you need is your imagination. Take turns coming up with topics and acting them out. Clues can be as simple or complex as you like, depending on the ages playing.
Would You Rather?
Play this classic game in the RV if you have elementary school-aged kids. It’s a favorite with this age group, and they’ll love coming up with their own questions (or you can search for some online). Be prepared for a hilarious (and possibly gross!) good time-your kids will find a way to bring “boogers” into it.
WiFi and Movies
Had enough good, old-fashioned free fun? Put the time machine on fast-forward and come back to the present with holiday movies everyone will enjoy. We have WiFi!
The Santa Clause
Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream after all — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world”. When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.
Still funny! When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.
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