We all have our own Christmas Traditions, whether they stem from your own childhood or are something new you have started since having kids. Starting a new tradition can bring a family even closer together.
In our house, we have stupidly small stockings over the fireplace for chocolate coins and we have an annual visit to Stephen Smiths at the start of December where the kids each pick one new decoration for the mantelpiece garland. The decorations grow with the children and its a lovely reminder of their younger years!
If you are looking for inspiration for a new tradition to begin here are a few ideas…
Bake a Christmas Cake
We had great fun this year taking the reins from Grandad and following his recipe to make Christmas Cakes. The children always enjoy baking but they really enjoyed making the cakes for all the family! There are lots of good recipes available online. Any cake needs to be made sooner rather than later to ensure plenty of time for maturing!
Elf On The Shelf
A lovely tradition to get the kids in the festive spirit from the start of December. The Elf moves around the house, getting up to mischief each night while the kids sleep! If you are running out of ideas for the little mischief-maker check out our blog packed with Elf on the Shelf ideas!
Christmas Eve Boxes
Whether you fill them with new pyjamas, slippers and a book to read on Christmas eve or fill it full of crafts to keep the little ones entertained, a Christmas Eve Box is bound to increase excitement!
Some great ideas for your Christmas eve box are:
A festive film & popcorn
Colouring book & crayons
A gift from your “Elf on the Shelf”
Hot Chocolate and marshmallows
A nice list certificate
Homemade Christmas Decorations
There are lots of ways to create homemade decorations. Here is our Top 3!
Salt dough Decorations
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup salt
(up to) 1 cup of water
Preheat oven to 150 degrees C.
Combine the flour, salt and water; mix well and knead for 10 minutes. Roll out on a lightly floured surface.
Cut into desired shapes and make holes for hanging. Bake for 30 minutes; allow to cool.
Decorate with poster paints or tube paints.
Bead or Button Decorations
The kids will love creating these decorations! AND they will help develop fine motor skills!
Lolly Stick Decorations
Let the kids imaginations run wild! All you need are some lolly sticks, pompoms, buttons and some paint!
Boxing Day Walk
We are so lucky in Wharfedale & Craven to be blessed with some beautiful and FREE outdoor spaces to explore. Walk off the turkey and chocolates on Boxing day with a family walk. Find a new spot to explore here.
Decorate a Gingerbread House
You can pick up a gingerbread house kit from most of the local supermarkets for around £6. The Mini-Mumblers absolutely love decorating one at Christmas!
If you are more ‘Mary Berry’ than ‘supermarket chic’ then you can find a recipe and template to bake your own here.
Go On A Christmas Lights Hunt
People go to town on Christmas lights, why not take a walk around your neighbourhood and see who can spot the lights first!
Make Reindeer Food
Mix together a combination of birdseed, rolled oats, sunflower seeds, and red and green sugar crystals. Sprinkle it in the snow for Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve.
Please stay clear of actual glitter or any non-food items which could harm any wildlife who may happen upon it.
Start A Good Moments Jar
Take an empty jar and each week add a note with a good thing that happened. One New Years Eve 2019 open the jar & read about the amazing year your family has had!
Watch a Christmas Film
Enjoying a festive film as a family can really help put you in the festive spirit! Find our pick of the best festive films to watch together here!