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How To Believe In The Magic Of Christmas
Christmas is a favorite time of the year for most kids. It’s a time for family, presents and shiny and whimsical decorations. It’s not always like that for adults, because the feeling wears off after a couple of dozens of times. That’s why it’s up to the parents to recreate the magic of Christmas and fill the home with good cheer. Here are a few things you could do with your kids to make Christmas holidays as warm and charming as they were when you were a child yourself.
There’s been a lot of talk about the commercialization of Christmas lately and at least some of it is true. Make sure your kids know that the holiday season is about more than presents and glowing lights. It’s the time of the year when we should be there for each other the most. Involve your kids in charity work. It could be something simple as choosing the clothes they want to donate or something more serious, like volunteering in a meal center (if the kids are old enough).
Make Your Own Christmas Decorations
Store bought decorations are beautiful, but both you and your kids will enjoy those you made yourself far better. A bunch of different examples can be found online and you can make a whole project out of it. The most important thing is that all the kids are involved, so make sure you have easier tasks for the little ones. Sock snowmen, jars painted with winter scenery and Christmas cards decorated with hand prints are the easiest to make and it’s best to delegate it to the youngest kids. Naturally, after the decorations are made – decorate the tree together.
Decorate Their Rooms
A Christmas tree is definitely the focus of home decoration, but it should feel like Christmas all over the house. There’s much more freedom with decorating kids’ rooms. You can go beyond traditional themes of the season and decorate the rooms with the images of all the comic book or cartoon characters your kids like. Festive kids party supplies are usually available in special Christmas versions as well. This way, Christmas spirit will be something that’s connected to their everyday lives and not just an empty tradition.
Christmas and baking should always go hand in hand. There’s a variety of options to choose from, although those your parents used to make are probably the best way to go. Peanut butter blossoms, peppermint snowballs, candy cane cookies, Russian tea cakes, and snicker doodles are everyone’s favorites. All of these are fairly easy to make, so it might be a good idea to involve the whole family in the process. Only adults should be allowed to operate the oven, but everyone should pitch in with the rest of the work. Make a bit more than you need – home-made cookies can be a great present as well.
Think about adding a new tradition of gift giving. Besides all the bought presents, everyone should make a small gift for everyone else. It should be something that requires very little or no money at all – that way, the kids can participate. The children will probably remember the making of the presents far longer than the store-bought ones.
Christmas is a magical time; put a little effort into creating the atmosphere, and children will treasure it forever.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate in writing. She is contributor on High Style Life and her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”