As a parent of young children, the time eventually comes where you are faced with the idea of Christmas traditions. Will you have them? What will they be? It’s all a bit overwhelming, well I find it is anyway. There’s so many different ideas these days and what works for one family, won’t work for another. However – there’s no need to feel obliged to do certain traditions just because you see it all over social media *cough* elf on the shelf *cough*, you do what works for your family! Your children are not and will not be deprived because they have different traditions to their friends, it’s all part of growing up! Then there’s the santa debate too… which we’ll save for another day 😉
Real tree? Fake tree? … washi tape tree?
I love seeing what other people do at their place, but that we don’t – Christmas Eve boxes for example! I really do enjoy seeing what other people put in theirs for their kiddies, just because we don’t do them doesn’t mean I don’t like the idea. So on that note – here are a few Christmas traditions that I see a lot of at the moment. We don’t do all of them, but I thought I’d share them anyway… maybe they’ll inspire a new Christmas tradition at your house for next year?
From the good ol’ cheap-o chocolate ones (this is what we have this year!) to the amazing hand made ones, there’s so many different kinds of advent calendars you can use! Or none at all, if that floats your boat more so 😉 They could have treats in them, different activities, a mixture of them both… whatever the heck you like!
Elf on the Shelf:
Traditionally using a slightly creepy looking elf in a red outfit (personal opinion, don’t hate me!) – Elf comes out the morning of Dec 1st and hangs out until Christmas Eve, they traditionally help Santa manage his naughty and nice lists by reporting back to him at the North Pole nightly. Though the one at our house doesn’t, haha! He is just here for the fun, though I did use Otto to try and bribe Brooklyn to stay in bed… didn’t work. There’s some uber cute custom elves out there now too!
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Kylan has named this wee guy "Alfie" – really original but hey it's all about the kids in the end and it's gotta be better than talking about Fanny all day 🙊😂 The lego men weren't too sure about the new house guest last night! #elfontheshelf #ElfaShelfa2016 #AlfieTheDonaldsonsHouseElf
Not a tradition we do (yet) – but I love seeing the special things that others put in theirs. Some do a ‘Christmas box’ for the whole of Dec, some a ‘Christmas Eve box’ to be given on Christmas Eve. The Christmas Eve box usually includes something along the lines of new PJs, a Christmas DVD, hot chocolate or something to eat/drink whilst watching the movie, etc.
Want, Need, Wear, Read:
This has been hugely popular this year, and this year being the first year of this tradition for our family. It was so much less stressful than usual and really kept me in line and not going nuts on millions of Christmas presents! Definitely simplified Christmas buying for us! It’s exactly that – something they ‘want’, something they ‘need’, something to ‘wear’ and something to ‘read’. Easy peasy!
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Pretty proud of myself for actually sticking to this 🙌🏼 Brooklyn's Christmas haul: Want | Need | Wear | Read… and a small gift from the big guy in red 🎅🏼 Yes – he actually asked for a popcorn maker 😂 #TapForDeets #SimplifyingTheCrazySeason #QualityOverQuantity #WantNeedWearRead
What is a Christmas tradition that your family does? Is it one of the above? Or something else? Or none?