5 New Traditions to Teach Kids  What Christmas is Really About

Nowadays, Christmas tends to be more about stacks of presents than anything else, but as parents, it’s important for us to show our children the real meaning of Christmas. It’s a time for togetherness and for showing love and compassion to everyone around us—but that doesn’t mean it’s not a time for fun, too! So here are our top five suggestions for great new traditions to start with your family this Christmas. Not only are they lots of fun, but they’ll teach your little Christmas elf how to make the Yuletide Season meaningful.

Secret Santa craft project

Encourage sentimental gift-giving by doing a Secret Santa craft project with your family, in which everyone has to make a homemade gift that tells their chosen family member how much they mean to them or how special they are. It’s the perfect opportunity for kids to do a creative arts and craft project, make up a song, or write a special card. Importantly, it’ll also help children understand that Christmas is a time for showing loved ones how much you care.

Christmas sing-along

Kids love singing their favourite Christmas carols, so why not make it an annual tradition for everyone to grab an instrument or musical toy and rock around the Christmas tree after you’ve all opened your gifts? It’ll serve as another little reminder that while gifts are great, so is having fun together as a family!

The gift of giving to others

Every year, let little ones choose a charity to receive a Christmas donation on their behalf. Budding animal lovers may like to ‘adopt’ an endangered animal, while other kids may prefer giving to a children’s hospital or orphanage. Show lots of different options and teach the importance of giving to those in need at Christmas time and all year round.

Yuletide board games

Rather than gathering round the telly after Christmas dinner, bring the family together to play a rousing board game! There are loads of wonderful board games for toddlers and young children that parents and older siblings can also enjoy. It’s the perfect way to bond and play as a family—plus, board games are a great way for tiny tots to learn through quality playtime!

Make time for a little drama

In London, there are many brilliant children’s plays, ballets and pantomimes for a wonderful Christmas outing with your little ones. Introduce your children to all the classic tales and traditions of Christmas, and foster a lifelong love of the arts by taking them to a Christmas show each year, whether it’s The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol or modern classics like Elf. You and your kids can also make up your own Christmas plays about Yuletide traditions and the Nativity Story; then act them out with puppet theatre toys on Christmas Night!

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