With Christmas looming only a handful of days away now, I am really taking some time to reflect on the amazing year that we have had as a family, milestones reached and amazing things to look forward to in the new year. With the hopes of adding one more child to our wonderfully large family as one of our new year’s hopes. Christmas in our house is full of traditions and things that we just must do every year. So here are a few tips from Disney Baby and me for making traditions with your little one.
Every family has special holiday customs, which help to make the season brighter. Whether it’s hanging stockings, buying goofy gifts or sharing family meals, it’s the little details that make the holidays so wonderful. It’s never too early to create magical memories with your little ones, so Disney Baby has put together some ideas for family traditions you can start today!
Create a countdown
Find a fun way to prepare for the big day! Whether it’s creating a homemade advent calendar filled with great goodies, you can check out the one I made this year here or reading holiday books like Christmas Around the World in the evenings before the main event, you and your little one can share in the gleeful anticipation of the holiday magic to come.
Trim the tree
Dedicate some family time to decorating your tree together. Give your little ones ornaments that are all their own, so they have special roles to play every year. You can also take this time to explain your family’s history: try sharing stories about your favourite trimmings to show your wee one how special their contribution really is! Every year our tradition is that I put up the tree, make sure all the lights are on it and working, then I place the breakable and fragile/special ornaments at the top of the tree and then the kids decorate the rest of the tree. I used to go behind them and fix everything at first, but now I just leave it because everyday I look at it, it reminds of the Sunday afternoon we spent together enjoying the small joy of doing our tree.
Share festive tunes
Embrace the holiday season with some merry music! Teach your little one your favourite festive songs and practice together as a family. If you’re feeling really ambitious, why not put together a little concert? You and your baby can perform seasonal classics together for a group of family and friends. My favourite radio station in Toronto is CHFI because as soon as Santa has hit the city, they play Christmas music all day and all night until midnight on Christmas Day. I love it and so do all of my kids.
Bake some sweet treats
What better time of year to introduce your wee one to the magic of the kitchen? Why not work together to bake sugar cookies or gingerbread men, and then let your little one loose with sprinkles, icing and other sweet toppings. Use cookie cutters to construct fun and festive shapes – you can even create your favourite Disney characters! I admit I really am not a good baker, but every year I attempt a few Christmas treats for the kids and for family. I usually make simple things like rice krispie squares, ginger snaps and sugar cookies. My kids enjoy decorating the cookies and it gets us all together in the kitchen too.
Pose for a picture
Take a family photo to share on a card, or keep a special holiday album that will grow as your children do. To keep things interesting, try choosing a fun theme: you can all wear holiday PJs or goofy reindeer ears – coming up with a new one every year is a great way to share some cheer together. If it’s your baby’s first holiday, why not preserve the memory of your little elf in a customizable photo frame?
I love taking my kids to see the Santa in the mall, the only thing you really need to worry about is the age of your baby as I learned the hard way a few years ago when my son was screaming and trying to get as far away from Santa as possible. One suggestion is to get in the picture with them if your little one is scared.
What are some of your family traditions that you do every year? Are you thinking of starting any new ones?
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I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas from myself and my friends at Disney Baby!
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