As the sun set on our (for once) gorgeous summer, my thoughts turned quickly to Christmas. Front of mind for me this year is not ‘what will I get everyone?’ or even ‘what will I cook?’ (although these are right up there, as usual), but ‘how can I make Christmas special for our children? What traditions can we start now, while they’re young and that we can repeat, year after year and that they will tell their children about?’ In short, what does our Baker family Christmas look like?
I’ve been thinking about it for ages really, since our eldest daughter was born and now that she’s nearing three I feel like I should have my ideas nailed down and into place. Here’s my list – some of them you may be familiar with and some perhaps not! Hope you like them as much as me….1. The Big Countdown
Of course the advent calendar is commonplace in most households in the run up to the big day, but I love the idea of a family calendar. Something to open together each day, something that you use year after year. I found this wooden reindeer calendar from The Christmas Boutique and fell in love. I bought him immediately and have spent oodles of time since planning the little treats I will fill him with. If you’re more crafty than me, you could make something – even bigger kudos with the kids.
2. Ornament Trove
Build up a collection of Christmas ornaments for your children, one each year. Perhaps they could come from far flung travels, or something you make together each year or simply something chosen with love. They’ll provide a lovely walk down memory lane as years go by and will be their starter decoration box when have their first Christmas in their own home.
3. A Moment in Time
I read about a family that takes a photograph of themselves together each year, in the same place. Such a lovely idea, I’ve got to copy it. I think I might get a special album or book to pop the pics in too.
4. Getting Personal
With a business creating personalised prints, I just had to get Ben to design something that we could put up at home too and use year after year. I’ve already decided where this cracker of a Christmas Stocking design is going to go, or indeed which picture it will replace for the month of December.
5. Twinkle, twinkle
We all put our decorations up at different times, but by Christmas Eve the number of twinkling lights in windows and gardens should be at their peak. I think we might take a little drive once it’s dark and oooh and aaah over them as we sing along to Christmas tunes on the radio.
6. Special Delivery
So once all of our cards and gifts are delivered to family and friends and we’re settling in ready for Santa’s visit, what better treat than a special delivery box of treats from the elves? A new set of PJs for everyone, some sweet nibbles and a Christmas film to snuggle up to. Or whatever else takes your fancy! I like that the PJs mean the girls will be lovely and seasonal in their pics on Christmas morning.
7. It's Cold Outside
Another one I read about, a really cute idea. Spray the bottom of your boots with fake snow, then walk from the fireplace to the presents (or Santa and Rudolph’s treats perhaps) and back again, leaving lovely snowy footprints as evidence for the children of Santa’s visit! Not sure how well it’s going to turn out, but I’m definitely giving it a go! Look out for my update on it afterwards!
I’m feeling so excited after writing this! I hope it’s left you with a little warm, Christmassy glow at the very least and I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to hear your Christmas stories, rituals and traditions. Let’s share the Christmas love and cheer!
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