Whether you homeschool or your kids are home on Christmas break, I hope this will help you both.
When my kids are bickering back in forth or bouncing off the walls, it's usually because they're bored. I have high energy kids, and I like to be prepared when they go stir crazy.
Bust out the music. Kid friendly music and for that you need The Laurie Berkner band. She even has a DVD that the kids can dance to like them. Just make sure you have a open enough area to dance, mom included.
Bake. Most kids love to bake when they get to lick the bowl and spoons! I let mine measure out the ingredients as long as they help clean up too. If it's something like an egg or liquid, I measure it in a bowl first and let them dump it in. My 18 month old loves to sit on the counter and watch but her favorite is licking the spoon.
Circuit stations. I am fortunate enough to have an exercise space. I really ugly, messy one but I'll take it. You don't need one though. Put a mini trampoline in one spot, a jump rope in another, run in place, make something as a punching bag, you get the idea. It depends how many kids you have for the number of stations needed. Make it fun and jump in there and do it too. Your kids will want to do it longer.
Board games and Redbox. Bust out Monopoly and some hot cocoa. Could you get the kids together for a game of Pictionary and a little competition? How about a movie and some popcorn?
Get outside. Even if it's cold, bundle up and go for a walk. Go sledding. Fresh air always makes everyone feel better. It's even better if you make hot cocoa afterwards.
Get out of the house. Sometimes nothing works and you just need a change of scenery. Go to a movie. Go to your local museum. Take them to the mall to play in the play area. Or if you're lucky enough to have one close by-go to Grandma's house.
Although playing with your kids may not be what you had in mind, trust me, it makes the day go much smoother. They will eventually find something to do or go back to school and soon you will be back to your daily routine.