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8 Ways To Create Traditions Your Kids Will Cherish

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Creating your own Christmas traditions is one of the joys of having your own family. Shared memories bind you together and when you can say “this is what we always do in our family” it gives your children a strong sense of belonging.

Children love the tempo of a traditional Christmas and knowing what’s going to happen next – from opening stockings first thing in the morning to tucking into turkey and all the trimmings for lunch.

When you start your first Christmases as a young family, it’s an opportunity to begin new festive customs and merge yours and your partner’s own parents’ traditions to create something unique to your new family. 

You might have a favourite song list you always play while putting up decorations, always go for hot chocolate together before choosing the Christmas tree or prefer eating a  special chocolate pudding than Christmas pud; what’s certain is that your children will look back with fond nostalgia on Christmases past while counting down excitedly to this year’s celebrations.

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    Make your children’s Christmas play a real occasion
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    Relive their best bits over a celebratory meal afterwards. Whether your child is Mary, Joseph, one of 10 elves, one or 20 shepherds or even has a starring role as a lobster, they’ll be flushed with success.
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    Decorate the Christmas tree and deck the house together
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    Children love rooting through the Christmas box to find their favourite baubles or the decorations they made when they were younger. Stick some festive music on to complete your happy scene.
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    Go carol singing or to a carol concert
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    Spirits. Uplifted.
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    Open your presents together
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    Whether you unwrap presents together on Christmas Eve, first thing in the morning, or once lunch is in the oven with a glass of bubbly to hand, stick to your own family tradition.
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    And enjoy your children’s glee
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    …when they unwrap the best present EVER. Video your best bits to remember Christmases past when your children are older.
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    Enjoy Christmas dinner together
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    Whether it’s turkey followed by mince pies, or a leg of lamb with chocolate mousse for pudding, give your Christmas meal a sense of occasion with crackers, silly hats and lots of laughter as your extended family gather together.
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    Go for a family walk
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    Take new bikes or scooters for a try out and enjoy singing out ‘Merry Christmas’ to everyone you meet. Then relish coming back to a snug home with presents to play with, games to try and films to watch. 
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    Snuggle up together and watch a Christmas film
    It could be a modern classic like Home Alone or Elf, a true classic like The Sound of Music or the latest James Bond movie. The point is to all be together. Enjoy!
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