Family Festive Traditions

With the beginning of December only a week away, we can all start to get excited and prepared for Christmas. To be honest I have been waiting for this time to come for a while now and feel that I can really start to get festive, plan and basically just talk about Christmas. It is 30 days away.
Christmas has to be my favourite time of the year and with Mabel and Martha growing so quickly I want to recreate the magic that surrounds it, just like when I was little. Everyone has their own traditions that they do so I wanted to list a few of the ones we already have along with new ones that we will hopefully be doing this year.

Old Traditions:

 Christmas Eve Box. For the past 2 years, I have done a Christmas Eve box/basket for Mabel and Martha. There is nothing better than getting the girls all ready for Christmas than wearing new pyjamas, watching a Christmas film (The Muppets Christmas Carol) and tucking into some hot chocolate or building a gingerbread house and putting out all the bits and pieces for Father Christmas and his reindeers.
Advent Calendar. Each year I have to get an advent calendar and it doesn’t matter which one, the girls and I need something to open each morning in the lead up to Christmas. Last year we made a book advent calendar which was incredibly fun and I think I might do that again.
Christmas Jumper. Having a Christmas jumper means you are really throwing yourselves into the festivities. My husband does not own or wear one which is a shame because I get the girls new ones if they need it each year and I have my robin one that I bought from Primark years ago. But, I will make it my mission to get one for hubby this year. No excuses Doug.
Baking. Last year I bought a gingerbread house that you had to build and oh boy was that a shambles. I enjoy baking all through the year but there is something different about the sweet smell of cookies and gingerbread biscuits flowing through the house at Christmas. It is heaven.

New Traditions

 Santas Grotto. I have often wanted to take the girls to see Father Christmas but thought that at a young age they would be rather scared of a big jolly man. However, this year I really want them to be able to partake in this exciting event and get to learn more about the magic behind it.
Elf on the Shelf. This was everywhere on my social media last year and I loved how creative people got with it. I have bought the elves behaving badly so we can join in this year. It will definitely be interesting to see what antics this comedy duo get up to each night.

 Christmas is all about family and at this time of the year I really feel for those who are struggling and may not be able to have a Christmas. In our local shopping centre there is a Wishing Tree that goes up with tags of children’s names and ages that you can pick and buy that child a toy. We will be picking at least 4 names from that tree and teaching the girls about giving to children who are less fortunate so that they are able to have something to unwrap and enjoy at Christmas. Not only that but a local church does Christmas In A Box where they provide a list of food items for people to go out and buy to create hamper/boxes for large families, small families and single people. Over the year we have accumulated lots of Nectar points that we just don’t need. Again we can teach the girls about giving so families can have food on the table over Christmas. This new tradition is very important and one we really want to keep every year as the girls grow up.

What traditions do you have?
Any news ones you have added?

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