Why are Christmas traditions important?
Christmas is a magical time of year, especially for children. It's a time when families come together to celebrate and create lasting memories. One way to make the holiday season even more special is by establishing Christmas traditions with your kids. These traditions not only bring joy and excitement to the festivities but also help to create a sense of togetherness and memories that they will treasure for a life-time. They also provide a sense of continuity and give children something to look forward to each year.
1. Decorating the Christmas tree together
One of the most beloved Christmas traditions is decorating the tree. Involve your kids in this process by letting them choose their favorite ornaments and helping them hang them on the tree. This activity not only sparks their creativity but also creates a sense of accomplishment when they see the tree all lit up and beautifully decorated.
Another fun idea is to take the kids shopping and let them select (or make) a tree decoration every year. Be sure to write the year of purchase on each decoration.
And no, it is never too early to put up the Christmas tree!
2. Baking and decorating Christmas cookies
Get the kids in the kitchen by baking and decorating Christmas cookies. Let them help with measuring ingredients, mixing the dough, and using cookie cutters to create fun shapes. After the cookies are baked, set up a decorating station with colorful icing, sprinkles, and edible decorations. This activity is not only fun but also teaches children valuable skills and creates delicious treats to share with family and friends.
3. Writing letters to Santa
Encourage your children to write letters to Santa Claus, expressing their wishes and dreams for Christmas. This tradition not only allows children to practice their writing skills but also nurtures their imagination and belief in the magic of the holiday season. You can make it extra special by helping them address and mail the letters to the North Pole.
In Australia if you attach a Christmas-card only stamp and mail the letters to the NORTH POLE though the Australia Post system, they may receive a personlised reply from Santa himself!
Address your envelope to:
SANTA, NORTH POLE 9999
- Don’t forget to write your name and address on the back so Santa knows where to send your letter!
- Check the Australia Post website for 'mail-before' dates.
- Santa can only reply to Australian addresses.
- You do not need to include a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive a reply.
4. Watching Christmas movies together
Snuggle up on the couch with some hot chocolate and popcorn, and enjoy watching classic Christmas movies as a family. This tradition creates a cozy and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for bonding and creating family memories. Let your kids take turns choosing their favorite movies, and make it a regular event throughout the holiday season. This is our TOP 5 Christmas movie list:
1. Home Alone (1990)
No Christmas movie list is complete without the classic 1990 comedy, Home Alone!
2. The Polar Express (2004)
Embark on a magical journey to the North Pole with The Polar Express. Based on the beloved children's book, this animated film brings the spirit of Christmas to life.
3. Elf (2003)
Get ready for some holiday laughs with Elf, a hilarious comedy starring Will Ferrell.
4. A Christmas Carol (2009)
Experience the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. This animated adaptation brings Charles Dickens' classic story to life
5. It's a Wonderful Life
Travel back in time with this heartwarming classic from 1946.
So what are you waiting for? Gather the kids, make some hot chocolate, and settle in for a Christmas movie session!
5. Giving back to the community
Teach your children the importance of giving back by involving them in acts of kindness during the holiday season. This could include volunteering at a local charity, selecting some of their toys to donate or dropping off non perishable food to those in need. By instilling the value of helping others, you not only create a meaningful tradition but also teach your children empathy and compassion.
Create cherished memories for a lifetime!
Whether it's decorating the tree, baking cookies, writing letters to Santa, watching movies, giving back to the community, or something else (we would love to hear your suggestions), sharing Christmas traditions with your children will create a sense of magic and wonder that they will cherish for a lifetime. And hopefully, when the time comes, they will pass these same traditions onto their own children to create the next generation of memories.