The festive season is a special time of year, with Christmas cheer and random acts of kindness abounding nationwide. Most importantly, though, Christmas is all about family and spending precious time with your loved ones. Here, the experts at London’s most trusted nanny agency give their tips on how to make Christmas truly magical for the ones who make all the stress of Christmas worthwhile – the young children. Nothing beats their excited faces on Christmas morning! Here are some extra ideas to make 2014 the best Christmas ever:
Make Christmas Crafts
Letting your children loose with some craft supplies or making handmade Christmas decorations together is a great way to bond and get excited for the arrival of Santa Claus. Whether it’s paper snowflakes or something larger such as painting a model of a Christmas tree, it’s a fun way to pass some time and talk about the jolly season.
Bake Christmas cookies
Kids always love baking, but especially at Christmas time! Christmas eve can be a great day to bake, as you can leave some of the treats for Father Christmas to enjoy. Festive shaped cookie cutters are quite easy to find, such as stars or holly, and are fun to decorate too. If you are having guests over for Christmas dinner or a party on Boxing day, you can bake a large batch and the children can be proud to show off their baking skills to family and friends.
Candy Cane Treasure Hunt
Who say treasure hunts are just for Easter? Games like this really excite children, and you can get as creative and personalised as you want. Maybe your child deserves an early Christmas present, otherwise it’s fine just to stick to candy canes or other treats. Treasure hunts are even better in the outdoors, so if you’re lucky enough to live near a park or a forest then hiding candy canes on tree branches and helping your child find them can be a magical experience. If you really want to create excitement, why not make the treasure hunt from Santa himself? Leave notes from the big man with each find to lead to the next present!
Every family has its own traditions – what’s your Christmas tradition? Does everyone own Christmas pyjamas or a onesie that you all wear on Christmas eve? How about writing and sending letters to the North Pole on 1st Dec without fail, or attending your local nativity as a family? Perhaps you always go to the London light switch on and even invite your daily nanny to join in the festive celebrations. A Christmas tradition will make it feel like a special time of year.
Visit Santa Claus
Nothing makes Christmas more magical to young children than seeing Father Christmas himself at one of his festive grottos. If your children are a bit too old to sit on his knee then go for a family outing to the following instead: an ice rink, a cinema to see a Christmas film or go and watch a festive panto – there’s so many to choose from around the country.
Disclaimer: This post is in association with Nannies Inc.