Traditions are very good at Christmas because regardless of how big or little, they go a long way to building family nearness and a feeling of belonging. And, they are great fun and it gives you something totally unique to anticipate! And can also be used by your youngsters to pass on to future generations. We are continually looking for new additions to our own traditions that are fun and fascinating that can add to our delight in Christmas. And let us accept it they are a lot more fun than Christmas shopping!
We may not have many at the present but these are our favourites:
We usually decorate the tree together, the kids love it and for them it truly means the beginning of Christmas! OK so when they go to bed i redo it myself but thats just me - wonder how many more years I can get away with it before they notice?
On Christmas Eve we always go on the Santa express (a local steam train decorated for christmas) it is a chance for the youngsters to see santa and get a present, and we get a glass of wine and mince pie too - so we are all a winner!!
On Christmas Eve we mostly eat out because lets face it after all of the hard work in the run up to Christmas - and then we'll be making Christmas dinner - we could do with a break!
When we get home we watch the Snowman together, my partner and I both loved this film as a kid and so do our children, then we leave cookies and milk out for Santa and a carrot for the reindeer before bed!
In our place have a custom of opening 2 presents on Christmas Eve, and those present are always the same" new pyjamas and a christmas book. The kids always know what it is, but they adore it anyway and always anticipate having their new stories read to them before bed.
Christmas day! Often it involves an early start after very late night of present wrapping. But I get so happy as the children drag their stockings into my room. Then we all head downstairs to the kitchen to look if the food had gone - then they run into the lounge to see what santa has brought.
This years addition will just be to make the cookies for Santa rather than buy them but I am still trying to find new traditions. Our customs might be fairly straightforward but they work fine for us and always bringing the largest smiles to our children's faces.
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