Keep the Magic of Christmas Alive
Christmas is a wonderful, exciting and magical time for a child, however with all the hype and advertising in the lead up, it is easy for a child to become more focused on receiving the latest computer game or toy, rather than the true meaning of Chrismas. As parents there are many ways to create new traditions for your family to keep the magic of Christmas alive. With a little imagination and creativity, they won't cost an arm or a leg and will restore wonder and joy for you and your children.
Visit Christmas Light Displays
Make a list of popular Christmas light display streets in your area and spend an walking through the display streets with your children. They will be enthralled by the light displays and even more excited to be up after bedtime!
Make a new tradition of baking simple Christmas cookies such as shortbread with your children. You can purchase inexpensive Christmas themed cookie cutters at most grocery stores. If you are a little more adventurous, your children will simply love helping bake and decorate a gingerbread house! These can be made from scratch very cheaply or if you don't have the time, pick up a gingerbread house kit from a local store.
A simple crepe paper chain is inexpensive and will keep your children busy for hours! They will be so proud to see their paper chain hung around the room and it can be added to each year. Homemade decorations for the tree is also a wonderful idea, simple stars covered with alfoil, baubles decorated with glitter glue, the list is endless. Have a look online for ideas if you are not overly creative.
An advent calander counting down the days until Christmas is so exciting for a child. If you have time you can create your own, however for the time poor, chocolate advent calenders always a favourite!
Decorating the tree
Make a day or afternoon of it! Play Christmas songs to sing along to, decorate the tree and the room together. Have a festive lunch or dinner picnic under the newly decorated tree to complete the day!
Christmas carols by candlelight
Find your local Carols by Candelight, pack a picnic, rug, warm jackets incase it gets chilly and head off for a wonderful evening your children won't forget. One late night won't hurt, and it will help create magical memories of childhood.
Buy a gift for someone less fortunate
Have your child choose a gift for a child the same age as them and donate it to your local store's 'wishing tree'. It will encourage your child to think about those less fortunate than them, who may only receive one gift this Christmas, and may not even have a home of their own. They will love choosing a gift and put a lot of thought into it. You can talk about it on Christmas Day and remind them of the child opening the gift they chose, and how much joy this would have created.
Write a letter to santa
The most important thing of all! Have your child write a letter to Santa and take them to post it. They will be so excited to get a return letter from Santa!