5 cost-effective ways to prepare for the Christmas season with your children

For many families, the lead-up to the Christmas season is a magical time of year when precious lifelong memories are created between children and parents. 

Think back to your childhood and there will be traditions and memories that stay with you even today. And it’s often the simple, low-cost, or even cost-free activities that you remember the most. 

Now, it’s your turn to do the same and create some simple but meaningful traditions that your children will cherish forever. Who knows, they may even pass them down to the next generation and become part of your family’s heritage. 

If you need a helping hand and some ideas to keep the little ones busy during December, read on to discover five cost-effective ways to get ahead for the festive season with your children. 

1. Make your own wreath at home

Wreath-making has had quite the resurgence in recent years, with workshops cropping up all over the place. However, the good news is that you don’t actually have to leave the comfort of your home to create your own wreath.

Gather around your dining table with natural elements like pine branches, holly, and colourful ornaments, and enjoy a family crafting session. Wreath-making is a hands-on lesson in patience, creativity, and teamwork. 

If you don’t consider yourself to be the next Martha Stewart or Sara Davies, you can always make life easier for yourself by buying a kit from your local craft shop, florist, or online. 

2. Craft your own tree decorations

Add a homemade touch to your tree by crafting your own festive tree decorations with the children. 

This is a chance for them to express themselves while making special ornaments that hold sentimental value. You can dig them out year after year to decorate your tree and be reminded of the happy memories you made while creating them.

Keep things simple by making your baubles out of paper or recycled cardboard. Alternatively, if you’ve got a crafting hand, you could teach your child new skills by sewing fabric decorations, or show older children how to knit some unique festive characters. 

3. Write a letter to Father Christmas

The timeless childhood tradition of writing a letter to Santa has been around since the late 1800s, and to this day, it is still a heartwarming activity among children. 

Writing a letter sparks their imagination and evokes a sense of excitement as they pour out their heartfelt wishes for Christmas and celebrate their good deeds of the year. 

Why not spruce up their letter by adding sweet photos or including a gift request for someone else who has done something positive this year? This personal touch magnifies the spirit of giving, making the tradition more meaningful.

4. Create a Christmas box to donate to charity

Amid the celebrations, it’s helpful to remind children about the importance of giving to those less fortunate. By involving little ones in charitable activities, we teach them the significance of spreading joy and making a positive impact on the lives of those who may not share the same excitement for Christmas. 

Sit down with your child and decide what you are going to put in the box before taking a trip to pick up the necessities. When you get home, you can wrap up the presents together and chat about how excited the recipient will be to receive the box. 

5. Wrapping presents as a family

For many, wrapping presents is one of the most dreaded tasks of the holiday season – but it is possible to turn it into a wholesome family experience.

You’ll just need to find time to gather around the table with colourful paper, ribbons, gift tags, and an array of embellishments. Then, put a Christmas film on in the background or play your family’s favourite festive album to help everyone get into the spirit! 

This is about more than wrapping presents; it’s an opportunity to come together for an afternoon and share your wrapping hints and tips, laugh about stories of Christmases past, and give your child a sense of responsibility too.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year

As 2023 draws to a close, I’d like to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas, along with a joyous new year. 

See you in 2024!

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