The festive season is a special time of year. It’s a season to connect with each member of your family, and create memories and traditions that your family and kids will remember when they are older. Creating memories as a family also gives your children a secure foundation and understanding of their identity in the family.
Here are some ideas for creating some special family memories this Christmas:
FAB WAYS TO MAKE CHRISTMAS MEMORIES WITH YOUR FAMILY
- NEW PAJAMAS
On Christmas eve, give your child his/her new pyjamas to sleep in. There’s nothing nicer and more blissfully comfortable than new pj’s, and waking up in them to open presents!
- BAKE AND DECORATE COOKIES AS A FAMILY
Baking cookies together is a sweet way to connect as a family, and decorating them is loads of fun. You can make trays of cookies, and then put them in jars for the rest of the festive season, or wrap them and give them away as delicious presents to family and friends. Spend some fun time connecting over colorful icing and different shaped cookies!
- WATCH A CHRISTMAS MOVIE TOGETHER
Make a tradition of watching your family favorite’s Christmas movies together. Snuggle up with cozy blankets, snacks and treats, and wait for bedtime before Santa’s arrival, with hot chocolate and family snuggles.
- WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR CHILD
Take some time each Christmas day, to write a letter to your child telling them of all the things you are proud of about them from the past year. Tell them about your view of them, the memories you have of the year. These are letters your child will treasure in future.
- GO CAROL SINGING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Make it a tradition to go carol singing with family or friends. Your child will love learning and remembering the songs each year, and there is something special about doing this tradition with people you love. And by candlelight – even better!
- HANG UP THE CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS
Something really exciting to do as a child is hang up Christmas stockings, in excited anticipation of the treats to arrive in them, overnight! Build up the excitement over what they can get in their stockings, and personalise them. There’s nothing as awesome as a stocking with your name on it, full of goodies in the morning!
- SET UP TREATS FOR SANTA
Before bedtime on Christmas eve, help your kids set up treats for Santa and his reindeer – some cookies, milk, a note, and some fairy lights to light a path to help him find his way. In the morning, let your child find crumbs, a bit of spilt milk, and a note in reply to theirs.
Traditions and special family routines are a special way to create family memories. Make a list of yours, if you haven’t already, and be sure to follow them and add new special ones, each year. Family is a blessing, enjoy every moment you have together!