We love to celebrate Christmas!
But we don’t really do presents (for lots of reasons). Honestly, we prefer it that way, and our kids still love Christmas time. There are so many ways to enjoy this season with our families; here are a few ideas to get us in the Christmas spirit.
Supersize the tree and go to town on decorations
This is a celebration, right? Decorations mean party. Our kids love to make decorations so I’ve been scoping out Pinterest for ideas. We’re going to try salt dough shapes using star cookie cutters with glitter paint. Because every mom with twin toddlers needs glitter in her life.
2. Make a gingerbread house/train/nativity set
In our household, it has to be a steam train… This is the cookie cutter set we have, and I like because it has a proper engine and a tender (yes, this would be requested). You can make as many carriages as you need.* It takes a few sittings to get this all made, assembled and decorated – I like having a project like that on the go with my eldest son. Another year I think we’ll make our own templates and get more creative. I love this gingerbread church and sleigh!
3. Put up fairy lights
It starts to get dark by 4.30pm around here, so fairy lights help to cheer everyone up before tea time.
4. Crank up the Christmas music
Whatever floats your boat, but mine is King’s College Choir, Cambridge, Christmas Carols – if I hear ‘Jesus Christ, the apple tree’, I know it’s Christmas. Odd, I know 😉
5. Celebrate with yummy food
We love a feast day/feast month around here… It’s the season of stollen, dates, oranges, chocolate snowmen, mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies, Christmas cake… We make a Christmas cake in the shape of a tree (usually just a madeira cake) and decorate it with sweeties.I also like making Christmas muffins for breakfast on Christmas morning. My favorite Christmas cookbook is still Nigella Christmas; I leave it hanging around from November just to make me feel festive.
6. Make edible Christmas tree decorations
This is a combination of Christmas baking/Christmas craft/Christmas decorations/Christmas eating. The traditional gingerbread Christmas tree decorations are a lot of fun to make and to eat. This year I am wondering if my three year olds can be trusted to leave them hanging on the tree for any length of time.
7. Make Christmas cards
Last year we kept it simple with potato stamps of Christmas trees and stars. Sweet and effective. This year, I’m thinking we’ll try that again and throw in some with glitter. If we have a spare afternoon, we might make our own wrapping paper.
8. Make your home smell of Christmas
Mulled wine anyone? Or a kiddie friendly version with warm apple juice. The scent, the lights, the music, the food – the whole atmosphere of Christmas is so much fun for little kids and grown up kids too. An atmosphere to capture the wonder of the season: “the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared” in a tiny baby, tender and vulnerable, precious and perfect.
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