To me, Christmas isn’t about expensive things and over the top gestures (alright, alright so maybe I wouldn’t be that disappointed with a new handbag!) But really Christmas is about the festive spirit, spending time together, feeling good and eating well. Eating lots! Setting aside some time focusing on Christmas traditions and spending it with loved ones.
Getting back to basics can really bring alive the magic of Christmas to us adults. Seeing the magic in young children as they experience the festivities makes it so special for us and I love living it through their eyes.
As a nation we’re pretty renowned for Christmas traditions, be it sending cards, eating mince pies, watching a school play, pulling a Christmas cracker or near choking on a half penny in the Christmas pud! The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching so here are 10 family Christmas tradition ideas if you are looking to start your own this year!
Why not spend an evening sitting down and looking through photos of the year gone by and making a photo calendar for loved ones. Not only do you get to reminisce over all the memories you’ve made, but these make a thoughtful and cherished gift to family members like grandparents.
Go to the Panto.
Laura’s family have been going to the panto on her Mum’s Birthday every year. It’s even been passed down now to taking the grandchildren too so it’s a really special way of all getting together and enjoying some fun before the stresses of the big day!
Give the children a special job.
The youngest family member always gets to put the fairy on the Christmas tree as the final touch in Lucy’s house! Great for looking back on the pictures as they grow.
Dine out, together.
As adults we all know just how much work goes into Christmas, so why not set a date to all go out for a meal before Christmas so that someone else can do the washing up! Lyndsey’s family are all managing to do it on Christmas eve this year!
Decorate bespoke trees.
A really special way of honouring a new baby in the family is by decorating a special little tree just for them. As time goes on they can even help do this themselves each year with the decorations they acquire over the years. It definitely makes for a very special tree to treasure over the years.
I mentioned Christmas was all about the food for me, right?! Why not get your aprons on and get the kiddies involved in a festive bake off by decorating the Christmas cake on Christmas eve or baking mince pies and a Yule log for the next few days – just try not to eat it all before the big day! You could even make food as gifts – If you fancy watching there’s a video tutorial all about making edible Christmas gifts over on my YouTube channel.
Make up something only you do.
Why not make up a Christmas tradition which is more obscure and that only your family do! Emma and her family always eat pork pie and mustard on Christmas morning – even the kiddies!
New PJ’s or make a Christmas Eve box.
There’s nothing quite like busting out the new PJ’s on Christmas eve ready for all those early photos of opening pressies come morning! We always make the children a Christmas Eve Box and fill it with things to have before the big day too.
Attend a Christingle.
For many families religion plays a big part in the story of Christmas. However, religion aside, Amy says a lovely way to go back to basics and remember what it’s all about is to attend a local Christingle service with her children. Then you could all go home to warm up with a hot chocolate and a Christmas film!
Buy something new for the tree.
One of our favourite Christmas traditions to do with our little family is to go to a garden centre once they are all festive and pretty, and let our sons choose a new decoration each for the tree. We then go for a piece of cake in the cafe and talk about Christmas. The boys love feeling a part of it and it gets us feeling all the festive feels!
I hope you like these ideas, I’d love to know what your family’s traditions are each year – leave me a comment below.
If you are struggling to cope with Christmas, then reach out. You are not alone. You may not wish to celebrate or you may be suffering a bereavement and the very thought of it brings tears to your eyes. I hope that you find your happiness this year.
Here’s a little video of our visit to a garden centre last year to choose the new decoration!