This Christmas will see a great many traditions start to form in our family. There’s something magical about having your own child and building Christmas up to become something exciting and beautiful.
One tradition I’ve already started is our advent calendar. When I was younger we really didn’t have advent calendars, my parents just didn’t think they were necessary and to be honest I kind of see their point. Do we really need to give chocolate to our children when it’s not a necessity? Plus advent calendar chocolate is never as tasty as a good chocolate bar either!
So true to my upbringing I’ve banned chocolate advent calendars in our home, but I have bought an advent calendar that I can adapt to the way I feel is more beneficial.
Inside each box I have put in a Christmas themed scroll. By rubbing used teabags on paper, ripping up the paper, writing the different activities before rolling the scrolls up around a pencil, I hope that I’ve started a tradition that’ll get us working as a family on the lead up to Christmas.
While some of the tasks are purely just fun, others are sentimental and there are a few charity ones in there too. Because as he gets older I don’t want my Son to think Christmas is just about presents and toys. I want him to think about those less fortunate and to reflect on the meaning of Christmas as well.
Here are a list of our activities:
1. Write letter to Father Christmas
2. Make Christmas cards
3. Tell every family member why you love them
4. Wrap up warm and go on a walk with the dogs
5. Go to church and light candles to remember lost relatives and to reflect on the year and the future ahead.
6. Go on a coffee date with Mum and Dad
7. Donate to a charity and explain why you’ve chosen that one
8. Dance to Christmas songs
9. Buy Christmas jumpers
10. Wear a Christmas costume all day
11. Give old toys to a local toy bank
12. Read letter from Father Christmas
13. Make play-doh Christmas shapes
14. Watch Father Christmas movie just to listen to Mr London Mum singing at the end when the credits roll up!
15. Sing carols
16. Skype family who live abroad
17. Read a nativity book
18. Pick Christmas tree
19. Decorate Christmas tree
20. Make Christmas Eve plate
21. Visit Father Christmas
22. Read Christmas story (ie non nativity version)
23. Bake cookies
24. Open Christmas Eve Box
25. It’s Christmas
On the 25th I’ll hopefully have a cute little vlog of snippets of our day doing our advent tasks.
Until then hope you like the idea and I’d love to know what you’re doing if you’re doing advent this year.