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Our son’s first Christmas was an exciting time for us all. He was only 10 months old so wasn’t really aware of what was going on but for us as a family it marked the beginning of our family traditions. It was a time for us to start some new traditions to shape our future family Christmases and for our family to get excited about in years to come.
Children love baking and getting their hands messy in the kitchen so an afternoon in the kitchen baking biscuits is a fun way to spend some quality time together before Christmas. Buy some fun Christmas cookie cutters and tubes of coloured icing and let the children decorate their very own Christmas biscuits.
Make a keepsake
Salt dough is a great way to make a lovely keepsake for grandparents and other family members. Press a small hand into a circle of salt dough and after drying, turn the handprint into Rudolph or Santa with paint. Glaze the keepsake and wrap up as a lovely handmade gift for Christmas.
Buy a new Christmas decoration
Buying a new decoration each year is a brilliant way of building up a treasured selection of decorations to adorn the tree year after year. There’s a fantastic choice available online so beat the queues and choose from a selection of Christmas decorations like these ones to avoid public toddler meltdowns when you’re not so keen on their choice of decoration.
Christmas Eve box
As well as leaving out the mince pie, milk and carrots on Christmas Eve we wanted to create a little treat box for our Son to enhance the magic of Christmas. A Christmas Eve treat box is a wonderful way of building up to the big day. Inside there’s a new pair of Christmas pyjamas freshly washed to wear straight away, a new Christmas story book to read on Christmas Eve, some magic reindeer food to guide the reindeer to our home and a chocolate treat.
What Christmas traditions do you do each year? Have you started any new ones this year?