We all have traditions and fun things we do each year to make Christmas really special.
I wanted to share the top 5 things we do each year with our kids…
Make a Gingerbread house with the kids, Lakeland do a great mould http://www.lakeland.co.uk/16789/Fairy-Tale-Cottage-Mould You can make the gingerbread pieces weeks ahead of time and then just have the piping bags ready for the kids to decorate to their hearts content. One year I actually made a production line and rolled out about 10 houses for our local Village Christmas charity stall. I have to say it was a one of those feel good things, knowing maybe you have made a little difference.
Rug up and go for family walks, wellies, coats on and scarves tied firmly to take in the bracing cold fresh air that is Britain in Winter time… We love to go the the National Trust properties. Sissinghurst Castle http://bit.ly/NTSissinghurstCastle is our favourite right now. My kids love splashing with sticks in the stream there. Although my son did take splashing to a new level last weekend and ended up having an unexpected swim! The National Trust places always have good coffee at the cafes to buy for your walk around… Are you sensing a theme here with my love for food and coffee, it’s always part of the review! Some of the properties also offer Kids activities closer to Christmas time.
Want to visit the Christmas markets, but don’t want to trek to Germany this year? Leeds Castle has a divine little Christmas market with stalls, food and a few festive rides for the kids. We will be heading there again one weekend soon. With the castle as your backdrop it couldn’t be prettier. Imagine if we had snow too! http://bit.ly/LeedsChristmas
I have decided that Christmas Food tastes SO much better eaten way before the big day…or that is my theory anyway! Make your own family Christmas cake with your kids. They really are very simple and the aroma that fills the house whilst it bakes in the oven just smells of Christmas and is amazing. Make it ahead of time and you have it on hand if visitors drop in, or just to enjoy yourselves. My recipe is a family one from my Mum in Australia. I think of her each time I make it as we were always allowed to stir the bowl and then lick it of course! http://theinspiredcook.com/christmas-cake/
Get the kids writing cards….Great for all ages. My little one loves to write card for her classmates. It keeps her occupied for hours. Older kids can have fun with cards and be SO useful helping you tick this off your list of things to do for Christmas…. Allow them to write cards to family friends on behalf of your family, adding a small note about the fun you have had catching up with them during the year, or in our case how we would love to see them soon as the year has raced by too quickly!!
Let us know what you do with your family…..