Today is an amazing day, we have the great Tracey Clayton appearing on TwinCitiesView with a fun filled article about Christmas Time. There are many festive ideas to do in your home and make this time of year all the more special, thank you Tracey, take it away…
It’s Christmas Time: Make it Memorable for Your Children
Christmas is upon us, and you are probably, as most people, focused on buying gifts for everyone you love. Between the shopping mall crowds and Christmas tree decorating, we often forget there is more to this beautiful holiday than flashing string lights and shopping lists. And because we forget about it, our kids never get the chance to truly understand it. However, it is never too early or late to start instilling the true spirit of Christmas into your children’s hearts. So, if you have decided that this is the year when you are going to do that, here are some tips that will help you.
Give meaning to tree decorating
A Christmas tree is too often observed only as a place to stash the gifts and a decorative element, but there is a lot of history behind this tradition that began in the Renaissance period. However, even this history is not as important as the family tradition you can establish. Decorating the tree together contributes to family bonding. Include the kids in choosing the ornaments, and let one of them get the chance of putting up the ornament at the top.
An ornament-making workshop
Store-bought ornaments can be truly amazing and versatile, but what makes a Christmas tree special is not its appearance, it is the heart and soul that went into decorating it. Children will feel that it is more meaningful if the ornaments they made appear on the tree, they will be proud of themselves and feel a part of something bigger. But don’t stop at Christmas decorations, you can also make handmade Christmas cards and thank-you notes with your little ones.
Bring Christmas into their room
Kids spend most of their time in their rooms, so it would be a shame to restrict your decorating only to the living room. Join forces with your little ones and add a miniature Christmas tree in the corner of their room, hang a garland and string lights. Take it even further by introducing a charming teepee tent that can be decorated with string lights and turned into a nook where they will read their favorite Christmas stories.
Speaking of Christmas stories…
Christmas themed books, comic books, movies and cartoons often carry a lesson about kindness, the importance of family and helping others. Before you reach for a random book or movie on the shelf, check whether there is that important lesson to be learned.
The sound of Christmas
There is something inherently magical in Christmas music, it is an instant mood-booster and it makes everything feel better. Whether you decide on a popular Christmas-themed album such as “White Christmas” or traditional carols, you won’t go wrong. Try to sing them as a family, and encourage your kids to choose their favorite one.
Write Christmas cards and thank-you notes
The true meaning of Christmas lies in connecting with people you love even though they are far away. Your kids will understand that by writing cards and wishing all the best to other people, as well as writing thank-you notes, and showing gratitude for the gifts and cards they received.
Traditional Christmas cookies are everyone’s favorite treat that instantly evokes childhood memories. You can choose between gingerbread, sugar cookies, thumbprints, biscotti and spritz butter cookies, or bake them all. Include your kids into this process and motivate them to share the products of their work with their friends and other family members.
Gifts are one of the most beloved Christmas traditions for kids, but you need to teach them that not all the magic is in receiving the gifts, a lot of it hides in giving the gifts yourself. If the gifts are handmade, that is even better.
Not all people are fortunate enough to have a tree and a warm meal on Christmas. Explain that to your children and encourage them to share with the less fortunate. They can pack up their old toys and clothes and make care packages for poor kids, or make decorations and cookies for an orphanage.
The most wonderful time of year wouldn’t be as wonderful if there were no such thing as the Christmas spirit. Pass on that magic to your kids, and help them carry it in their hearts forever.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”
Tracey did an awesome job with this write up, as always! I’ll be sure to practice these tips with my children this Christmas and the many more to come. I love this time of year, it gets people to think more about others!
Take care readers!