This is post five of our 12 Books of Christmas Series:
Many times during the holidays, we feel like we need to keep kids occupied with all kinds of craft projects and activities, but sometimes life gets a little too busy for that. Such is our week. My sister and her two boys (my new little nephew is just a few weeks old!) are visiting, and so all my Christmas craft projects and activities went out the window for a few days.
But it’s totally okay.
It’s all about prioritizing relationships over doing stuff.
With that said, it is nice to have something quick and easy to pull out for the kids to do. I’ve always enjoyed doodling and sketching, but lately, I’ve been into coloring as well. I read an article that said coloring is one of the top stress relieving activities…and since I need as much stress relief as possible, I gave it a try. The girls, of course, love coloring, and I love that all of these new coloring pages and books are quite elaborate and keep them occupied when we are waiting at the doctor’s office, meetings, etc.! 🙂
Anyway, since we’re into coloring around this house, I thought a round-up of Christmas coloring pages for kids AND adults would be an awesome resource for those busy days. Just print them out, put them in a binder or staple them together to make a Christmas coloring book.
(Check out my pinterest board full of Christmas Coloring pages, too!)
If you remember from my first post, The 12 Books of Christmas, I included the book Christmas Tapestry. Patricia Polacco’s artwork is always beautiful, and it made me think about coloring an intricate Christmas coloring page…kind of like a beautifully-colored tapestry.
So, we read the book and started coloring!
If you haven’t read it, Christmas Tapestry is another one of our favorites. Supposedly the story is true, and if so, it’s absolutely amazing…but even if not, it’s still a beautiful Christmas story that will bring tears to your eyes.
More about the book:
“When a leak ruins the sacristy wall in his father’s church, Jonathan Jefferson Weeks thinks Christmas Eve service will be ruined. Luckily he and his father find a beautiful tapestry, perfect for covering the damaged wall and giving the church a festive look! But then, an old Jewish woman recognizes the beautiful cloth. Her discovery leads to a real miracle on Christmas Eve.”
Here is a round-up of Christmas coloring pages for kids and adults so you can get started on your own coloring projects!
Christmas Coloring Printables for Kids
Patricia Polacco has a set of coloring printables that go with her books on her site.
A Moment in Our World has a nice pack of Color by Number Christmas Printables to practice addition and multiplication.
More elaborate (older children, teens & adult) Christmas Coloring Pages:
Red Ted Art has one of my favorite Christmas coloring pages. It’s 3-D and awesome!
Mum in the Madhouse (great blog name, right?!!) has five beautiful teen or adult Christmas Coloring Pages.
Download this Color by Number Winter Scene from Nicole’s Free Coloring Pages.
Print a Candy Canes Christmas Wreath Coloring Page from Lee Hansen.
Coloring Life has 5 Christmas Coloring Pages for adults.
This is an intricate Christmas Coloring Page from Johanna Bassford.
Download and color this Christmas Street Coloring Page from Activity Village UK.
Dover Publications is well-known for their coloring books. They have four free samples of Christmas Coloring pages. They also have this awesome Gingerbread House and four other samples from their Crazy Christmas Coloring Book.
Easy Peasy Fun has a beautiful Christmas Tree in front of a fireplace to color.
Christmas Coloring Books for Kids and Adults
Finally, if you just want something put together already, you can find a great selection of inexpensive Christmas Coloring Books on Amazon. Here are just a few ideas:
Christmas Coloring Book (Just for Fun series)
And just for kicks…because this makes me smile, you can get an Ugly Holiday Sweater Coloring Book!
Let me know if you have seen or found any other free Christmas Coloring pages! You can also check out my Christmas Coloring Pages Pinterest Board here.