Kids at Christmas
Some traditions allow us to relive magical childhood memories year after year. And let's face it, we're all kids at heart, right?
I believe in Santa
There are some company's where you can purchase a personalised letter from Santa. These can cost anywhere from $5 - $15 and will incorporate information about your child (name, toys on his/her wish list, friend's names, family members, etc). The letter will then be posted directly to your child in time for Christmas. These are a fantastic time-saver.
You can also save yourself some money and create one yourself. Mention your child's name and a bit of information about your child in the text. Print the letter out on holiday themed scrapbook paper (just get the A4 size) or make up your own Santa Claus letter head.
If you have more than one child, make sure they each receive a different letter. We wrote a letter from Santa last year and gave it to our son the weekend before Christmas. His face lit up in amazement!
Santa's even gone high-tech. Kids can now email him on several different websites (I like www.emailsanta.com). Include your name and email address and Santa will send you a personal letter in return.
Decorate your children's future
Provide your child with his/her own ornament each year. Whether home-made or store bought, kids love to have their "own" ornaments to place on the tree. Jakob loves to point out all of his ornaments to anyone who visits.
But the best part of this tradition is that when your son or daughter moves out and begins their own holiday traditions, you can present them with all of their "own" ornaments for their own tree.
I absolutely treasure mine. I make sure to get one for each of my children every year. As I watch them hang their special ornaments on our tree, I can almost picture them as adults hanging that same ornament on their own family tree.
Baby's 1st Christmas
Start a scrapbook for keepsakes from your baby's first Christmas. Include photos, baby's first visit with Santa, bows from gifts, special cards and any other item that will serve as a reminder to that very first Christmas. And make sure you take a photo in baby's first Christmas outfit, too.
Purchase or make a "Baby's 1st Christmas" ornament for the tree. Personalise it with his/her name and birth date. This ornament can be hung year after year.
Make sure you update his/her baby book while you're at it! Children love to go through their baby books when they're older and see themselves as babies.
Leave proof that Santa really did stop at your house
This was easy where I grew up because we always had several feet of snow. Mum or dad could throw on a pair of old boots and stomp around the deck and it looked like Santa's footprints. Some years we could even see tracks left by the reindeer.
But this is just as easy to do without the snow. Simply leave Santa's boot prints around the house or yard by using talcum powder. (It cleans up pretty easily on carpet). Put on your gumboots, stomp around in a tray of talcum powder or flour and make a path from the chimney or front door to the tree. Your kids will be wide-eyed when they see those prints.
Here are some other ideas to inspire you:
- Let all the kids sleep together in one room - they will feed off each other's excitement.
- Place fluffy white material under your tree to resemble a blanket of snow.
- Help your kids make gifts for family members - they mean more than store bought ones.
- Make a ginger bread house together - and then eat it together!
- Have the smallest family member place the star/angel on the top of the tree.
- Take the children to your local shopping mall for the annual Father Christmas photo.
- Leave a plate of cookies and glass of milk out for Santa - make sure you eat the cookies and drink the milk, but leave some crumbs and maybe a thank you note from the big guy.