Making memories at Christmas

10122010022As Christmas approaches fast for another year, I find myself wondering what family tradition I can introduce this year to mark the occasion in a fun way and remind my boys what is the true meaning of Christmas. I realised as I started putting  the school carol concert  and Christmas fair dates in my diary how much I love this time of year. It lends itself to some great family times and building memories, as well as some good scrap booking fodder. Family traditions are so important as they build family identity and give children reasons to love being part of their family.This is important on two levels. Firstly it gives security when things around us are constantly changing and moving at such a fast pace. Secondly, it gives our children a reason to want to be at home, which is really important during the developing teenage years, when peer pressure becomes very influential. If you don’t think you have any particular family traditions, try asking your kids what they love most about Christmas in your family. You will be amazed at what children see. One family I know goes to the pantomime every year and even though now they are all married with grand children, they all come back on one day, with all the children, for the family pantomime outing. We have a folder of Christmas films that we dig into once we hit December. You can’t beat “Elf”, hot chocolate and popcorn. Putting up the tree is also a family affair, when I dust of my Christmas CD for a loud rendition of “last Christmas” as we deck it out with tinsel and baubles. (The hardest thing is not to rearrange the ornaments after the kids have gone to bed). My sister in law has bought a special tree decoration for each of her children’s  stockings from the first year they were born. That way they will have their own special decorations to take with them to their own families. Another friend shared with me her idea of finding a really nice nativity scene and placing each piece in a different day of a advent calender. By the time they get to Christmas day, they will have a lovely scene and it will build excitement for the day with her toddler.  Still another friend of mine always buys new pyjamas for all her kids and let’s them unwrap them on Christmas eve.

Whatever you decide to start doing, remember to have fun. Now where is that Christmas album…

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    makaphutu said,

    Well written article honey!! Love you!!


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