Christmas is MY time of the year! I loved it as a kid and I love it now. The most fun was the countdown to Christmas and I try to make it exciting every year. This year Bump is 12 months old and so I can plan big, and cash in on double the giggles and excitement. Here are some easy-to-implement, budget friendly Christmas Traditions you can implement for all ages.
1) Countdown Calendar
A once off investment that will last for years. As Rach is older now I fill each day with either a treat or a task. Fun, feel good tasks like donating a toy or deliverung sandwiches to the poor inspire and evoke a sense of giving, whilst treat days are always a cause of great excitement. Treats can either either be a small toy or a yummy surprise.
As tomorrow is December 1st, her 1st one is a “task” which reads:
“A naughty toy is up and about, find her and you’ll giggle – no doubt!”
Start Date: Dec 1st
2) Letters to Santa
These are also super fun especially if you actually take the kids to the post office to post them! They also receive mail from Santa, not an email – a real letter in a real post box!!! Sometimes a naughty elf sends them a letter too – just to tell them to put our fruit for Santa as he is gaining too much weight!
Start Date: 1st week in Dec (child sends letter), 2nd week (receivea reply from Santa), week before Christmas (elf letter)
3) Decoration Making and Baking
Schools usually do a great job of getting kids to make the Christmas tree decorations which means we can concentrate on decor for the house and centre pieces for the tables!!!! These do not tend to last long so I usually keep one, date it and preserve it in their memory box. Its great to see their skill evolve with time.
I’m a terrible baker but we always buy DIY ginger bread “house kits” and make them together! Such fun and tasty too. And involve them in cute end of year treats for their class like our easy Rainbow Treats.
Start Date: 2nd week in Dec
4) Choosing a Christmas Menu
We love routine so Hunky Hubby set out menu into effect 6 years ago when Rach was born. Each year the kids will get to choose their favourite dessert and their favourite dish and help make it on the day. This year I’m guessing they will want jelly and 2 minute noodles (sigh!)
Start date: Plan in advance, prep 24th Dec
5) Toys gone wild!
The recent trend has been “Elf on a Shelf” but we have done something similar for years. Dont miss out on the fun if you cannot afford an elf. Choose a forgotten toy figurine, teddy or doll and have them “act out” naughty or cute scenarios every day.
Above all else, the festive season is about family. Relax, enjoy and let those memories and traditions develop.
The countdown has begun!!!