It is so true when they say that having children makes Christmas magical again. Bursting with excitement and fuelled by an untamed imagination, they are so easily swept away by the magic of it all. Suddenly, Christmas Day goes from an excuse to overindulge on food and get tipsy with the grandparents during the Queen’s speech to a morning of smiling faces, shrieks of delight and pure happiness. As a mama, it really doesn’t get much better than that.
I would say that in my adult life, up until the boys arrived, I had always been a bit of a bah-humbag, but Christmas has truly become the most wonderful time of the year for me and I absolutely love being able to make it as magical for the boys as possible.
Can you remember the feeling of going to be so excited that you were unable to sleep? I want them to experience that same magic. And so there are little things I like to do to make that happen and they’ve become somewhat of a family Christmas tradition.
One of those is a Christmas Eve Basket. It’s nothing fancy, just a white wicker basket packed full of Christmassy goodies – pyjamas, jumpers, books, plush toys, Christmas chocolate, dvd’s etc – that I give to Riley and Harry on the morning of Christmas Eve to get them into the spirit of things (not that they really need any more encouragement to be excited!). They absolutely love receiving it and we always have a wonderful day full of festive fun and activities preparing for Christmas Day.
I also like to do an alternative to the traditional chocolate advent calendar. Last year the boys had a Christmas Book Advent Calendar, where I’d purchased 24 Christmas and Winter themed books, wrapped them up and then let them open one a day until Christmas Eve. Riley is a total bookworm so this went down a treat and they loved reading “The Night Before Christmas’ on Christmas Eve.
This year, though, in addition to the books, I decided to do a Christmas Activity Advent Calendar for them as well. I purchased 24 numbered red balloons and each day I fill one with a chocolate ball each, a rolled up piece of paper with an activity on and then I blow the balloon up and leave it under the Christmas tree in their bedroom. Activities can be anything from a Christmas movie night, visiting Father Christmas and drawing Christmas pictures to making reindeer food, driving around at night to see the Christmas lights and decorating the Christmas tree. I just think it’s nice for them to be able to have lots of festive fun, magic and sparkle in the run up to Christmas. After all, they won’t “believe” in the magic forever, so I intend to make the most of it while they do and hopefully the values and traditions I’ve put into place will one day be passed down to their own children.
I have teamed up with Lindt to offer ONE lucky reader the chance to win a Lindt Christmas Hamper full of delicious chocolatey goodness.
The hamper contains:
- 1 x Lindt Advent Calendar
- 1 x Lindt Gold Reindeer 100g
- 1 x Lindt Milk Chocolate Teddy Jumper 200g
- 1 x Lindt Milk Chocolate Teddy Bear 100g
- 1 x Lindt Chocolate Santa 125g
- 1 x Lindt Teddy Bears 5 Pieces 50g
- 1 x Lindt Mini Santa Milk 5 pieces 50g
- 2 x Lindt Lindor Mini Milk Truffles Bags 100g each
Lindt would love to hear about how you make Christmas magical for your children and what your favourite Christmas moments are? It could be any little tradition that you feel adds some magic to your holiday. To be in with a chance of winning, simply enter via the Gleam widget below. Good Luck!
If you are looking for more Christmas inspiration then head on over to the Lindt Christmas Hub and be inspired by their wide range of festive recipes, creative crafts and decoration ideas. You can also order a personalised letter from Santa and help Lindt support the NSPCC this Christmas.