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For many, Christmas is their favourite time of year, a time for being with family, sharing gifts and, of course, the food! Many parents say that their favourite thing about Christmas is seeing how excited their children get during the build up to Christmas and seeing if Father Christmas has been on Christmas Day! We thought we’d help make your Christmas that extra bit magical this year by coming up with a bucket list for you and your family! For some of you, these traditions might already exist in your Christmas routine. But for others these might be completely new for you.
1. Bake a Christmas recipe – whether you do this on your own or with your children baking something Christmassy gets anyone in the festive mood! You can bake anything from mince pies to Christmas cookies! What about decorating a gingerbread house? A great way to spend an afternoon or evening before Christmas!
2. Make some of your own Christmas decorations – this is great to do with your little ones! You could make some salt dough ornaments for around the house or even your Christmas tree. You can paint them or add some glitter to really give them a Christmas look. These make great keepsakes as well for when your children are older and are nice to look back on.
Have a Christmas outing – this doesn’t have to be expensive. We all know Christmas is expensive as it is and we don’t want to add to that total! Taking a visit to your local garden centre once they have all of their Christmas decorations out is always nice! Or you can always have a stroll round a Christmas market on a winter evening. If you are keen on the idea of doing some activities despite the cost, ice skating is a fun one! Or going to see a pantomime is great for the whole family! However, a Christmas must has to be a trip to see Father Christmas and his Elves wherever they may be!
4. Throw a Christmas party! – Whether it’s big or small you can’t beat a good old fashioned Christmas party. This will give you the perfect opportunity to test out your Christmas baking, catch up with friends and family and listen to plenty of Christmas songs. You can play Christmas themed games with the kids, and ask them what they’ve asked Father Christmas for, to get them really excited for the 25th of December!
5. Make a Christmas Eve tradition – Many families have one of these. In my family, it’s watching a Christmas movie together (which usually ends up being the Grinch) with a hot drink, hot chocolate for the kids, and mulled wine for the adults. Don’t forget to put your stockings out for Father Christmas and leave a snack for when he comes! If you’re feeling extra generous, some families have the tradition of opening a present on Christmas Eve! These usually turn out to be pyjamas or something small!
Why not give one of these a try this Christmas? You might find they might become a part of your family Christmas traditions!