Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Make your Christmas special with Traditions, not 'things'


Traditions last forever in a family, unlike the plastic ride on toy that set you back £50!

Before Christmas we wrap up three old (but good) toys chosen by the children to pass on and take to Barnardos, just like my daddy had us do when we were kids. I have my children choose a bauble each for the tree and these will remain theirs when they leave home..they’ll have a good starter set.

On Christmas Eve we go and see the nativity play at our local church and sing some carols and watch he little angels and donkeys. Then, once we are back in our house  we tell the children the Christmas Story sat by the fire, moving around our little nativity figures. It’s bit of a plastic/wooden mix of bits and bobs but no one cares. We then light our Christmas candle and sit in a circle holding hands remembering aloud all the people we love and we say a thank you for all the new friends and babies who have entered our life over the past year.

We then throw some reindeer dust (oats sprinkled with a bit of glitter) out on the front garden to entice Rudolph in. Santa gets milk and a cookie and a thanks for visiting letter and we leave the reindeers some carrots. Then we all get in our PJ’s and have a little read of the Night Before Christmas.

We walk round the park after breakfast on Christmas Day. My husband and I
write little poems that describe where we have hidden tiny gifts around the house on Boxing Day and everyone has to go searching.

On New Years I write myself a list of intentions and I always say an out loud goodbye and thank you to the year gone by.

Each family will have their own traditions and if you don’t have any now is the time to make your own – it can be anything you like.

It is traditions that make magic and memories and it is tradition that makes Christmas special. I hope you have a Christmas filled with magical memories that only cost you a little imagination


In peace and with love , Becky



Becky Goddard-Hill is a busy, successful published author, blog writer and a SAHM who writes about creatively budgeting with under fives. She blogs over at Baby Budgeting and always has fabulous competitions for families on the go too!



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