After a trying year for adults and children alike – whether struggling with remote working or weathering mock exams after learning from home – Christmas seems the light at the end of the tunnel, a gratifying reward for a difficult time. So how do you get your children into the Christmas spirit with you? What can you do with your children to make this Christmas the best one yet? Let’s find out!
Show them a winter wonderland
A sure-fire way to introduce your children to the Christmas spirit is to do it personally – take them to see Father Christmas! If you have the time and money, a brief getaway to a snow-covered wonderland such as Lapland is a wonderful way to make life-long memories, and to show your children the wonders of the festive period.
This is possible even on a budget, with Christmas fairs and local grottos, or even a day trip into the snowy mountains north of the border. The cherry on top is giving them an audience with Father Christmas himself; there is no greater pleasure than watching your child sit on Santa’s lap for the first ever time, and the grin creep across their face as they’re asked if they’ve been a good boy this year.
Pick out themed cards for them
Christmas cards are a wonderful way to make connections for your child – whether with the season, the festivities or even with your family. You can even personalise Christmas cards for your children, to incorporate elements from things with which they’re already comfortable, including TV shows and nursery rhymes. You can also flip the script, and allow your child to personalise cards you will send to your friends and family for that additional personal touch.
Involve your children in choosing gifts
Whether or not they’re young enough to believe in Father Christmas, you can still bring your young ones along for the ride in your own Christmas preparations. Tell them you’re giving Father Christmas a helping hand, and that they can too if they would like. Involve them in choosing gifts for your family, and turn wrapping gifts into a fun game for an easy way to while away an afternoon.
Create your own tradition
One of the best parts of celebrating Christmas with your family is watching it become uniquely yours over time. As the years and Christmases pass, traditions develop, and your festive period becomes an extremely special time to spend with your loved ones. You can start this off with a single new tradition – whether it’s an ice-skating trip on the day before Christmas Eve, or allowing your child to open a single stocking-filler before Christmas Day, it’s the little things that only you do together that make your Christmas truly special.