The excitement rises in our house as soon as the tree goes up! It is the most wonderful time of Advent. Once upon a time, our tree was perfect as I thought and it was themed and beautiful. Then along came three children and it is not the latest theme or adorned perfectly, however, it is filled with love. Each year we choose a new ornament each and lots of homemade decoration to are placed with tender loving care. It is a tree full of memories to be treasured.
Homemade cards don’t have to look perfect. We try to send homemade cards each year to grandparents and close family. It doesn’t always happen. Take last year – we only moved to Perth at the end of November so Christmas was a rushed affair and homemade cards never happened. Getting involved in the making of Christmas can help children form lasting memories in the form of traditions. Making a card could be as easy as using washi tape to make a tree or a star. Handprints also work well in the form of trees or a reindeer. Click here for the link to the tutorial for these super quick Christmas cards we have made this year. For more inspiration click here to see my Christmas card ideas pinterest page.
Traditions make Christmas meaningful. Every year we always make a new decoration or two for the tree or the table. Who doesn’t remember the paper weaving, lanterns, 3d snowflakes from school when younger, I certainly do. They are a great fine motor skills activity and could also be a design activity for older children. Click on the links for more information.
3d Christmas tree – learn how here
We just love Christmas movies. We have a whole heap of them that we watch just at Christmas. They live for the rest of the year with our Christmas books in our Christmas box. We did purchase DVDs a while back and now it is all online. Here is our list of favourite movies to snuggle up with.
A couple of years ago we swapped our lengthy lists cut from the Target or Kmart catalogue for a more mindful practice of something we need or want, something to experience, something to wear and something to read. Get the free printables here
Christmas list with lines to write wishes
CHRISTMAS PICNIC BY THE RIVER
We are blessed to live in Perth by two beautiful rivers. Picnics in the summer are wonderful. They help us breathe and relax. Spending quality time together helps us connect and make sense of the world together. When we lived in a colder climate, picnics did not go with Christmas, however, time spent over a meal together still filled our lives.
I have a complete book obsession. Every year we buy a new book to add to our collection of Christmas stories. Reading together is one of my favourite times of the day. A time to reconnect after a busy day.
MAKE SOME COOKIES AS GIFTS FOR FRIENDS
We live in a throwaway society where lots of us consume too much. We have a tradition in our home of giving up something before Christmas day to children who are in need this time of year. We always donate to our local Salvation Army store.
Head into the city to see the Christmas lights or have a drive around your local area to see the Christmas lights.
We are a Lego obsessed family. So any excuse to play with Lego. Click here for inspiration from my pinterest page.
GIVE TO THE KMART WISHING TREE APPEAL OR OTHER CHARITIES IN YOUR AREA
Giving to any Christmas gift appeal supports families in need. Helping your children chose a gift for a family or individual suffering hardship and talking with your children about gratefulness and appreciating what you have is proven to make you feel happier about your own situation.
Christmas is a busy time of year and here in Australia, it is the end of the school year too making life very busy. Teaching gratitude and considering what you are grateful for this year helps children to develop an attitude of gratitude and mindfulness.
MAKE SAND OR SNOW ANGELS
A long time ago we would have made snow angels! Now we have swapped them for sand angels. Wherever you are in the world enjoy the outdoors-stay warm-stay cool – and enjoy this festive season!
Merry Christmas xx