Establishing traditions in your family is so important for various reasons. Traditions builds a stronger family bond and create comfort and security for kids. Sometimes things change in the world around us, but traditions make kids feel save. Say for instance your moving to a new town, this can be traumatic for kids, so they will find comfort in knowing, say for instance Wednesday nights are still pizza and movie night.
Christmas time is a great time to start small family traditions. Here are a few ideas:
1.Read a scripture to your kids every night, to teach them the true meaning of Christmas
I put together a few scriptures that are some of our favourites.
2. Put together a NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS BOX:
Fill a pretty box with new pajamas, snacks, soft toy, a Christmas book or movie and a little notebook to write in all that we are thankful for this year.
Cotton On kids have the cutest selection of PJ’s for toddlers.
Have a look it these great ideas from The Dating Divas
3. Bake cookies and decorate them together with your kids. They are also great for last minute stocking stuffers.
4. De-clutter your kids rooms and Donate old toys and clothes to less fortunate families and organizations. Read more about de-cluttering your home here.
5. Family Talent show. Let each family member showcase their talents. Singing, reading Christmas poems, dancing and even a nativity play is a great idea.
6. Book a family photo shoot every year! This is a must for every family. Photos are so necessary to document your lives and see your kids grow. You an also use your photos for Christmas cards or to give as gifts for the grand parents.
Our card from last year. Photos- The Green Studio
7. Drive Around and Look at Christmas Lights. This is one of my fondest memories as a kid. Driving around the neighborhood and looking at all the pretty lights.
8. Christmas Morning Pancakes. Do a Christmas themed breakfast with decorated pancakes (plaatkoekies), berry juice and snowman Coffee. Just put some white marshmallows in coffee. Yum
Image via taste of Japan
Hope you have an amazing and magical Christmas, full of blessings.