Keep it sim­ple

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Parenting -

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.

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