Christmas is a fabulous time of magic and wonder, togetherness and spirit. We were asked what some of our favourite traditions were, so here’s a few…
CHRISTMAS MEMORIES BOOK
Here’s a beautiful tradition… Family Memory Books By Family Days Tried & Tested We’ll be placing this book under the Christmas tree to collect happy times.?
100+ ELF ON THE SHELF IDEAS
We love Elf on the Shelf ideas so have put together the ultimate list of tried and tested Elf antics to inspire you this Christmas. There really is something for everyone with oodles of magic and imagination in tow.
WELCOME TO DECEMBER BREAKFAST
❄️☃?? Start advent off with a North Pole breakfast! The perfect way to introduce a Christmas elf to your home or just build the excitement and begin the countdown to Christmas☃??❄️
CHOCOLATE SURPRISE PUDDING
Check out our alternative Christmas pudding, perfect for a Christmas eve treat.
? Tunnocks chocolate & mallow teacakes in disguise… an ideal alternative to Christmas pudding.
Make a Christmas planner using a roll of wrapping paper. We colour and cut out a snowman and then used sticky tape to stick it on the fridge. We then cut out snowballs, put a date on each one and write down our plans on each of the dated snowballs.
THE MAGICAL LOST SLEIGH BELL
Santa’s lost sleigh bell. Each year on Christmas Eve we lay a sleigh bell on the garden path for the kids to discover. They believe it fell from the sleigh. It’s placed surrounded by reindeer flight magical Christmas dust. (A sprinkling of glitter.)
THE PRESENT RUG
We have a rug which everyone takes turns to sit on whilst everyone gathers around to watch the opening of the present ?
This is a good way to absorb the presents ?
We also have some frenzied stocking opening but always make sure what’s opened is properly looked at and not immediately discarded to go onto the next.
Make Santas Magic Key
No chimney? Then you need a hidden compartment for mantas magic key!
SLOW COOKER SNOWMAN SOUP
Snowman soup, AKA white chocolate hot chocolate, served in the slow cooker with a selection of goodies and a snowman story book before school. ❄️⛄️??
SANTA CAM – HE’S WATCHING!
KEEPSAKE MEMORY BAUBLE
Create a keepsake memory bauble to get out each year and reflect upon. Put in a small item or get the kids to write some thoughts of Christmas, a present list or hopes for the future. ✨✨
STEP INTO CHRISTMAS!
The bedroom doorways have been wrapped and by order of the North Pole the kids have to break through the paper in order to begin their Christmas school holiday fun!?????
A COOL YUMMY PRESENT?
Who says presents need to be left under the tree? ?
Christmas is also about yummy food and treats we don’t usually have during the year. So why not wrap up something yummy the kids like? ? You can leave a clue under the tree to lead the kids to the present too. ??
Everyone loves a profiterole tower. ??
CHRISTMAS LIGHT SPOTTING
CHRISTMAS CARD POST BOX
CHOCOLATE CRISPY CAKE WREATH
?? Here’s a yummy treat that would go down well with a Christmas story and some hot chocolate before bed. ?
Just make your mix with rice crispies/cornflakes & melted chocolate and form into a wreath and add ribbon to hang. ? Here are the full instructions to make a Chocolate Crispy Cape Festive Wreath.
LETTER TO SANTA NIGHT LIGHT
How simple & effective is this? Make a nightlight with your child’s letter to Santa…
To add extra magic, exchange the letter for a plain piece of paper whilst your child sleeps and tell them that the words magical blew away to the North Pole.
STAY ON THE NICE LIST!
??This should help keep the kids on the nice list ?
The subtle threat of a quick call to Santa can do wonders with little ones who are being pesky…
Imagine the magic of waking up on Christmas morning to find some reindeer poop!? ?✨???
It’s simple to make, just roll some Plasticine up and add glitter! The kids will love it!
CHRISTMAS EVE BOX
DINNER TABLE TREAT POTS
Dinner table treat pots are a simple and effective distraction to keep the kids entertained while you dish dinner up!
I folded a piece of card to make a bowl, tied with a bow and filled with chocolate coins, a candy cane, a Ferrero Rocher and a Christmas scratchcard.
CHRISTMAS DINNER PLACE SETTING PEBBLES
We decorated some pebbles with paint to use as place settings for Christmas dinner. We used acrylic paint as that’s what we had in the drawer. We dusted with glitter dust.
NATIVITY STORY STONES
Simply collect some pebbles/stones and paint.
We used gingerbread men cookie cutters to make our reindeers. We cut the biscuits and turned upside down to decorate. You could use ready made gingerbread men or make simple biscuits. We made ours by mixing together:
110g caster sugar
We cooked on 180c/gas mark 6 for 15 minutes.
We mixed together icing sugar and water to make the icing. Plus ready roll icing with food colouring as an alternative to make the nose because we didn’t have any Smarties.
CHRISTMAS ELF LANTERNS
Elf and fairy Christmas house lanterns.
We used a jar which we sprayed white on the outside. We then cut twigs and glued them to the jar for the window frames and door. We finished by decorating with Sharpie marker pens.
THE LAST PRESENT
And we always save the last present to be opened in the company of a beautiful view.
A box full of goodies to make sumptuous hot chocolate….FOR ALL THE FAMILY ??☕️
Here aresome more of our ideas you could try:
WE LOVE CHRISTMAS HERE!
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