Creating New Christmas Traditions For All The Family
Christmas is an exciting time of year for children. It’s also a time filled with family traditions – whether that is wearing Christmas pyjamas, opening one present on Christmas Eve or leaving out cookies and milk for Santa himself. Every family has a different way of doing things and it’s important to get children involved with these traditions.
It’s especially important to get foster children involved with Christmas traditions. Psychologist Dr Amanda Gummer explained ‘Kids need to feel they belong and shared memories help reinforce that and helps them to develop their own sense of identity’. So this year, why not try creating some new Christmas traditions to share with your foster children.
Here are some examples of traditions you could try:
- Christmas Eve Boxes
Many parents give their children a brightly wrapped busy box on Christmas Eve. This can be packed full of things like activity books and felt pens, PJs, cosy slippers, books and reindeer dust. A great idea for creating an oasis of calm on such an exciting evening.
- Food and drink for Santa and Rudolph
Everyone knows that Santa needs food and drink to help keep his strength up on his busy night. So put out a little glass of something he (and you!) likes along with a mince pie. Don’t forget milk and carrots for Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer, too.
- Hanging Stockings
Probably the most important tradition of all. After all, you can’t go to sleep on Christmas Eve without hanging up the stockings. Stuffed with stocking fillers, it’ll keep the kids busy on Christmas day!
- Twinkling Walk
You could wait till it’s a little darker and head out on a family walk around your local neighbourhood to spot all the twinkling Christmas lights. The streets always look magical lit up ready for Christmas and you can all enjoy delicious mugs of hot chocolate to warm up when you get home.
- Letters to Santa
Every child loves to write a letter to Santa. Once written, these can be sent up the chimney on the fire or left out for Father Christmas to read. You could even make sure there’s a letter for your child to read in the morning from Santa.
Lastly, don’t forget to ask your foster child if there are any Christmas traditions that they have done in the past and want to carry on; or if they have any specific traditions they want to start.
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