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The lead up to Christmas is an exciting time for kids and creating little family traditions can bring such joy to their lives.
We have such fond memories of the effort our parents made around Christmas time to make everything feel magical, which has led us to recreate these experiences with our kids.
There are many traditions to choose from- pick the ones that suit you. The festive season can be a totally hectic time and the last thing you want to do is create a whole lot more work for yourself but trust me the smiles on your little one’s faces will be worth it. Who knows it might even brighten your day too!
[Please note we don’t do all of these every year- it’s a lot. No parenting pressure from us!]
1. ADVENT CALENDAR
There are so many options now available to DIY your own Advent Calendar although as an alternative to sweet treats a nice idea is to write daily notes to your child or loved one telling them how special they are to you. They can start each day in December feeling extra loved and appreciated.
2. DONATING GIFTS
Take your kids shopping for a gift to donate to someone less fortunate.
3. ELF ON THE SHELF
This craze is not for the faint-hearted as it can be a lot of effort but there are lots of awesome ideas on the internet- Have fun getting creative.
4. DECORATING A GINGERBREAD HOUSE
You can make your own or get a kit- but please learn from our GB house fail last year- humidity from the evaporative aircon seems to affect the structural integrity of Royal Icing, so we woke to a collapsed lolly house. It still tasted just as good though!
5. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TOUR
Complete with treat boxes to eat in the car while driving around looking at the magical lights people have adorned their houses with.
6. CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
Attend a Carols event in your community and donate to the charity they are supporting. Singing together is always bound to bring some cheer. Take your own picnic and don’t forget the mozzie spray!
7. CHRISTMAS EVE BOX
Contents ideas: Christmas movie, Christmas story, New pajamas, a little pouch of reindeer food (with glitter) which can be sprinkled on the lawn, Hot Chocolate with marshmallows and/or a gingerbread man and maybe a novelty toothbrush- after all that sugar you’d better make sure they brush their teeth properly!
8. THE GIFT OF READING
Give a book to each grown-up in the family on Christmas eve and take advantage of your days off work to finish a book in record time.
9. A FAMILY PHOTO
This provides a wonderful snapshot in time and it’s often something we forget to do throughout the year. If you want to add to the ultimate cuteness factor then take your photo in matching pajamas! It will certainly make you laugh in the future.
10. A TREAT FOR SANTA
Leaving out a little treat for Santa and his reindeer is probably our favourite tradition. What’s yours?
Our parents always helped us set up carrots and hay for the reindeer and we were always overjoyed to see the tracks left by Santa’s sleigh on our gravel driveway.
Come Christmas morning the kids will rush to see if Santa and his friends enjoyed their treats.