Making Christmas a Family Tradition

Christmas Day approaches, and kids all over the country are starting to lose their minds with excitement and anticipation. The presents, the decorations and rituals all lead up to a final explosion of delight for kids. And, hey, let’s face it, Christmas is a time for kids.

But if left unchecked, this particular holiday can get out of hand and become nothing more than a self centred exhibition of ripping open presents and forgetting everything else special about the holiday. So, what are a few things you can do to make Christmas less about the presents and more about the family? Here’s a few from my life that I’d like to share:

1. Listen to some Christmas music
Choose your favourite Christmas songs and add them to your Christmas playlist. Play them in the background while baking Christmas cookies or playing board games with your family. I like Jazz, so check out a few links I like:
1Christmas Jazz Radio
2 Frank Sinatra Christmas tunes
3 Charlie Brown is always a winner!

2. Read Christmas storybooks
Depending on the age of your kids, Christmas Eve can be one of the great days of the year for a group read and is a tradition in my family. Curl up on the couch, turn off the TV and open a book! “The Christmas Wish” by Lori Evert and “Auntie Claus” by Elise Primavera are a couple of good picks this year!

3. Get the whole family to help out a Charity!!
This is probably the best tradition you can start. Work with a local charity to either volunteer time or to purchase needed supplies. Here are a couple:
Kojenecky ustav Kolin (Children’s Center Kolín).
The orphanage has up to 40 kids 0-3 years old. Call them to see what they need, and then buy it with your Little Ones and deliver them. You’ll all feel great for doing a great thing!
Phone: 321 722 552

The Tereza Maxova Foundation
The foundation’s purpose is all-around support and assistance to underprivileged and abandoned children with the goal of making a healthy and safe life in a family environment possible for them
tel: +420 257 474 529

4. Christmas Movie Night
Watching Christmas shows and movies is a great way to get some family time during the holidays. But to make it a tradition, set aside an entire night to spend with the family!
My list includes “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, “Home Alone”, “Elf”, or my all-time favourite (which we just watched last night): “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. (Also completely in the discussion is Die Hard.)

5. Make the tree a family day!
One of the traditions I loved as a kid was getting a Christmas tree. Dad would load us all into the car and we’d head out to a Christmas tree farm. We’d walk all over the farm, find the perfect one, and bring it home. On the way back, we’d always stop for lunch at a tiny restaurant in a tiny town called Metamora. Man, just writing this I can still taste that white bean soup…
Got a cool holiday tradition in your family? Let us know with a comment or a message!
Have a Happy Holiday season from all of us here at Little Panda!