Christmas traditions are something that every family does differently; everything from visiting grandparents on Christmas Eve to watching the same film as a family every year. Here at Barncliffe Day Nursery, we know how important Christmas is to families. It’s the time of the year when everyone can finally get together and spend some quality time as a family.
We spent some time going through all our favourite Christmas traditions and put them in a list. It’s perfect for families who’re looking to add a little bit more magic to their Christmas!
See the local lights
Seeing your local Christmas lights can be a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Wrap up in your warmest clothes and head out to take a walk around your local area to admire the local lights.
Decorate the Christmas tree
It’s something we’ve all done since we were young; decorating the Christmas tree is a great tradition that you can get your little ones involved with while getting them into the Christmas spirit. Get those old decorations out of the loft and gather the family in the living room for a fun, festive afternoon.
Hang up your stockings
When Christmas Eve arrives, it’s time to hang up those stockings and get your kids in the mood for Christmas Day. Letting your children pick the perfect spot to hang their stockings ready for when Santa comes can really get that excitement going!
Christmas Eve box
Treating your little ones to a Christmas box can be a great tradition to start; making them up a special little box of treats to get them even more excited for Christmas Day. Little things like a new pair of pajamas, some festive treats or a festive DVD are sure to make the night that little bit more festive.
Leave Santa a little treat
An oldie but a goldie – leaving Santa and his little helpers something as a thank you. Leaving Santa his glass of milk and mince pie is a Christmas tradition that will always leave your young ones even more excited in the morning, especially when they find the glass half full and a bite out the mince pie! But make sure you don’t forget about Santas reindeers; we’re sure they’ll be hungry too after all that flying. Leaving a few half-eaten carrots by the back door or outside on your porch is a great way to show that Santa’s reindeer got a little treat too!
Elf on the shelf
Elf on the shelf is a great way to really capture your little one’s imagination (and to get them to behave as well!) The elf on the shelf is an elf doll that is placed around the house each night, sometimes hidden, and your little ones try and find them the next day. The catch is, each night the elf returns to Santa, meaning that if they’re wanting everything on their list, they better be well behaved or Santa could find out!
Nothing says Christmas like some sweet treats, especially home-baked ones! There are plenty of brilliant and easy to follow Christmassy recipes out there that you can get the kids involved in too. If your little ones love baking, mixing it up with some Christmas themed recipes is a great way to get them excited for the big day.
Activities in your area
In December, there are plenty of things that you can do as a family out and about rather than staying in the home. As a little treat, why not take the little ones to visit Santa’s grotto so they can tell him just exactly what they want in person?
There are also some great Christmas markets all over the country. Why not take a family day out to your local Christmas market? There’s sure to be something for everyone; from rides for your kids to tasty Christmas food, maybe even a mulled wine or two for the adults. After all this, all the family will be feeling in the Christmas spirit.
Use these great ideas to get into the festive spirit and maybe even find a few new family Christmas traditions!