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Wednesday 02 December 2015 - Create your Own Family Christmas Traditions

We all remember wonderful traditions from our childhood and the joy of knowing what was to come.  Studies show that family traditions are important in supporting children’s social development and strengthening family bonds, providing a constant connection and predictability that children desire….as well as being great fun.

Get inspired with some ideas from the KOOSA Kids team;

  • Emma, Godalming Juniors after school club: ‘An elf comes to stay with us to make sure we are all being good! On the first visit he brings mince pies, hot chocolate, Christmas film, a letter from Santa and a new friend from the North Pole.  He gets up to mischief each night and on Christmas eve he brings a small gift and then fly’s back with Santa’ Elf on the shelf.
  • Lorna, Bookings Team: ‘Without fail, every Christmas eve I pop on a favourite Christmas movie to get properly in the spirit.  Elf, Santa Clause The Movie, Home Alone, The Snowman, Muppet Christmas Tale are some of my favourites
  • Sian, All Saints Juniors after school club: ‘When I was younger my family would come and watch me ice skate in the local Guildford spectrum Ice Panto. I could not do it last year as I was pregnant, but I will definitely be taking my baby girl to see it this year. As a family we still talk about the Pantos we went to and I am very excited to share the experience with my own daughter now’.
  • Emma, Godalming Junior after school club: ‘On Christmas eve we make cookies for Santa, go to church to watch the nativity, then we go for a walk to spot Santa in the sky and see all the Christmas lights. After that we watch the snowman with snowman soup - hot chocolate with a candy cane’.
  • Lucy, Marketing: I make a Christmas Eve box. Fill it with Pyjamas or slippers, a traditional Christmas DVD and book, hot chocolate sachets and marshmallows, whatever I need to create our snuggly, relaxed, Christmas Eve
  • Lee, Director: On Christmas Eve we sellotape wrapping paper across the living room door, the children love bursting through it on Christmas morning (make sure you score the wrapping paper down the middle so the paper breaks from the middle).

Here are some more Christmas tradition ideas;

  • Watching the lights being switched on in our local area is a great way of getting in the Christmas spirit. Lots of towns and cities make an event of it and it’s a great way to signify the start of the Christmas season.
  • Spread a little goodwill at Christmas. There are lots of ways to help others. Find a local shoe box appeal, create a hamper for an elderly neighbour or support charity events in your area and get the children involved so they understand the importance of helping others.
  • Encourage your children to buy or make a Christmas tree decoration each year. Your tree will be completely unique and filled with memories.
  • Make your own Christmas decorations. Children love making decorations, why not cut out snowflakes and Christmas trees and hang them as garlands or go and collect pinecones and see what wonderful decorations you can create. We would love to see what you make, share your images on the KOOSA Kids Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • Christmas Cookie Day:  Spend half a day baking and decorating cookies. These can even be given as presents to teachers and neighbours.

What are your family Christmas traditions - we would love to hear – please share them on our facebook and twitter pages


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