6. Write to Santa
No matter your age, it’s nostalgic and exciting to write a letter to Santa Claus. Guide children to write about the achievements they have made this year, as well as all the things they are grateful for.
Before they start writing a list of the gifts they wish for, tell them that they can ask for something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. Then anything else is an extra special gift from Santa Claus!
7. No-spend Christmas Eve
Shopping centres, high streets, supermarkets and local stores are always busy and chaotic on Christmas Eve, so start the new Christmas tradition of having a no-spend Christmas Eve.
This requires a little bit of planning to ensure you have all of your gifts bought and wrapped, and you have your festive food and drink bought and in the fridge at home.
Avoiding crowded shops, the temptation to make impulse buys, and feeling overwhelmed, get prepared in advance, and spend Christmas Eve doing exactly what you want to do.
Spend precious and quality time with friends and family, feel cosy and content at home, and really experience what the season is all about.
8. Indulge in books
In Iceland, there is a wonderful tradition called Jolabokaflod, or ‘Christmas book flood’ translated in English. Every Christmas Eve, families cosy up together to give each other new books.
They’ll then settle around the fire and spend the whole night reading. A simple idea, yet there’s something magical about the whole family reading together – and it could distract any excited children from getting too worked up ahead of the big day, particularly as they get to open one of their presents a day earlier.
Christmas Eve boxes have started to take off in the UK, but this is a simpler, less expensive option and involves the family spending time together.