The holidays are the perfect time to create magical memories with your family. We love December and as we prepare to celebrate Christmas we have a couple of family traditions that help make this cold season warmer and more fun. Family traditions and special holiday customs are important and little ones love participating!
Every year close to December 1st we put our Christmas tree and decorations up. This year we played some classic Christmas songs and decorated the tree with the help of our 4-year-old. He really enjoyed picking his favourite ornaments and placing them on the tree himself while his little brother watched. So fun!
We also visit Santa Clause and get a family photo with him. We have been doing it every year since our first was born and I love the tradition. It was fun to go through the photos from last year to see that in last year’s photo I had a baby bump. This is our youngest very first Santa picture.
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! This time Disney Baby has put together some wonderful ideas for family traditions you can start today. Take a look below:
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 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!
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.
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!
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?
What are your family traditions for the Holiday season?
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