by - December 04, 2018

In our house Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year. It brings back such wonderful childhood memories for me; my mum was Mrs Christmas whilst I was growing up, our house was always insanely decorated and for the whole countdown of December we did something magical. 

Although I remember getting presents and that super excited feeling coming downstairs to see 'he had been' it's the memories that didn't cost a thing that make me have that warm fuzzy feeling inside. Noah is 8 in January and I know that I don't have many years left before he loses the magic and every year I have left I'm going to make as magical as I can. 

We focus on the season and not the actual day, it's the traditions you create with you're family that are carried inside a person, not a toy. 

Here's a list of traditions that we have in our family that make the Christmas period magical and memorable in our house. 

1. Decorate your tree. Whether you go to a farm and pick your own or have one you use every year make decorating your tree super special. Play some Christmas music (Heart Xmas has got you covered) make some hot chocolate and let the kids go wild with the have all the years when they're older to have a perfect tree. 

2. Make some ornaments. Every year the kids make an ornament, most of them have the year on and some are completely designed and made by them. The look on their faces when they're on the tree will never be found with a store brought decoration. 

3. Visit Christmas Fayres. They're on all the time in a variety of locations, you don't have to spend any money just soak up the atmosphere and listen to the choir sing Christmas Carols. 
4. Camping around the tree. This is a new one for us this year, earlier in the year we made a den in the living room and watched a film. We're going to recreate this but with a magical Christmas twist.

5. Elf on the Shelf. Chippy the elf has a been visiting us for 2 years now and we love having him around. He brings so much joy and mischief to our home. He starts the year with a big North Pole breakfast and then sticks with us until Christmas Eve. Such a fun simple way to bring magic into the countdown to Christmas Day. 
6. Christmas Eve box. When I was younger we always got a Christmas eve present, normally a DVD and I loved it. Chippy brings a Christmas Eve box for kids, filled with goodies which I'll pop in a separate post. The kids feel so special every time they open it and see what they have. 

7. Gingerbread baking. Baking at anytime of the year is wonderful but the smell that comes from baking with cinnamon is just so festive. Getting messy and letting the kids really help, they won't be judging if the outcome is Pinterest worthy or not they'll just remember spending time with you.

8. Visit Santa. It doesn't matter if you go all out or visit him at your school fair, it will still be magical for the kids and you're heart will want to burst watching them with him.

9. Giving back. We're very aware that our kids don't go without and want them to always appreciate how blessed they are. We choose something each year most years more than one to help them understand the importance of helping people who aren't as fortunate as they are. Ones we've done in the past are the shoe box appeal, local food bank shop, donating old toys to the charity shop, items for the homeless and the reverse calendar. I'm always looking for new ways we can give back, let me know if there's any you do.

10. Visit a Crib service. We go to the same church every year and the service is so sweet. Theres something about leaving the church once its dark, wrapped up that feels so joyful. It's the last thing we do before we head home on Christmas Eve and get ready for Santa. 

There are so many opportunities to make this season magical, but you have to be the one to make it. Don't wait until next year the time is now. I can look back over the years and see how easy it was to please them and how already the traditions are staying with them. Don't put too much pressure on yourself or over complicate things. Make it magical and treasure every second of it because it will fly past and you'll never get those moments again. 

Not all of these will be meaningful for everybody, but for me and my family they the bring the warm fuzzy feeling I felt when I was a child. There the things that brings us together and help us create memories that I hope they will carry with them for when they have their own families. 

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