Keep it simple
Turn small events into rituals; my children have hot chocolate while writing their Santa letters on special red writing-paper that’s kept just for this important task.
Ask older kids to help with writing Christmas cards and addressing envelopes — it helps them get to know who’s who in the wider family and reduces the workload.
Bake with the kids if you have time — grandparents and Santa love homemade biscuits.
Keep it simple — my kids love watching The Snowman before bed on Christmas Eve. I love that it’s short and calms them down.
Ask the kids what they’d like to do. I remember my parents doing this, and we asked to stay at home on Christmas morning to play with our toys, instead of rushing straight to visit people.
Creating traditions doesn’t have to be expensive – a walk in the woods on St Stephen’s Day costs nothing but if it’s done every year, it soon becomes part of your family Christmas story.