I know that when I first became a parent I was so excited to begin creating traditions for our new little one, particularly when it came to Christmas. Some of these traditions have since become very special parts of our Advent season. If you are just starting out as a parent, or even if you have older kids, here are some cool Christmas traditions that you could add to your list. Some are well known, but there are some hidden gems, too.
1. “Christmas lights!”
A game: the object being that every time you see festive lights on a house or building, you and your kids try to be the first to call out “Christmas lights!” It’s super fun in mid-November, but by Dec. 24 it can leave your voice a bit hoarse.
2. Hors d’oeuvres for supper
If you are home on Christmas Eve, rather than cooking supper, throw a bunch of your favourite hors d’oeuvres in the oven. It creates a holiday feel even if it’s just you and the kids. My kids love it! Plus, less mess. It’s a parent perk.
3. Mark your house for Santa
On Christmas Eve, the kids can sprinkle a mixture of glitter and oats outside your house in the snow. This will guide the big man in red to your house.
4. Adding a special ornament to the tree each year for your child
Our “elf” usually leaves ours on Christmas Eve as a parting gift. Sometimes they are personalized with their name, sometimes they are a representation of an activity they like to do. They can be anything, really. Kids love having their own special ornaments. The only issue here is that you might eventually need a separate tree to hold them all.
Personalize it to your own family if it’s a tradition you want to adopt.
5. Opening one gift on Christmas Eve
Sometimes people use special boxes and call them their Christmas Eve box. They might fill it with new pajamas, a Christmas movie and some special snacks. Basically everything a person needs to have a cozy Christmas Eve. But you can definitely get creative with this and personalize it to your own family if it’s a tradition you want to adopt.
6. Candy canes on the tree
What more magical way to wake up on Christmas morning than to find that the big man in red has decorated your tree with candy canes? It sure is fun to try to …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel