Who doesn't believe that Christmas is magical? It is very magical! The entire holiday season can be such a special time and there are many ways to help kids truly feel the magic of Christmas. We only have a few short years where kids really believe, so take advantage of that and help encourage it. Chances are kids won't remember which year they got a Polly Pocket, but they will remember the traditions and memories they have associated with them.
Here are 10 simple ideas that will help kids feel that sense of wonder and amazement of the holiday season. Even as an adult I enjoy pushing the practical part of my mind aside and taking the chance to feel the magic of Christmas.
1. Imagine your child's surprise when they receive a letter from Santa! How magical is that? There are lots of sites on the net to find the letters www.santaprintables.com,
www.freeletterfromsantaclaus.com and easyfreesantaletter.com just to name a few.
2. Starting December 1st, you can visit the noradsanta.org site each day to see Santa's progress as he prepares to visit all the children in the world. I love the images this site features and for its official looking nature!
3. Go to portablenorthpole.com where your child can receive a FREE video messages from Santa that you can personalize with your children's names! You can also take a look at some behind-the-scenes images that give you a glimpse into a day in the life of Santa.
4. Go to icaughtsanta.com to make your own personalized at-home Santa pictures: These are so cool! You can take pictures of different areas of your house and get Santa posed in them. He's eating cookies in your kitchen, leaving presents under your Christmas tree, sitting in his sleigh on your roof - you get the idea!
5. Go to Christmasdialer.com and receive a personal phone call from Santa. These are cute! You can type in what you'd like Santa to say and his voice sounds very authentic.
6. I'm sure we all know a family in need. Christmas is the time to open your heart and be generous, a perfect time to be a Secret Santa. Do it anonymously and "doorbell ditch" the gifts on the doorstep. This does not have to be an expensive venture; you can give baked goods you made yourself or other small gifts. You will figure it out.
7. Watch Christmas movies together! I especially love movies that really emphasize the spirit of Christmas, such as the Polar Express and Miracle on 34th Street.
8. Go to reindeercam.com and watch Santa feed his reindeer! Santa feeds his reindeer at 9am and 5pm during the week and 5pm on weekends. You can even download the app on your phone so that you don't miss a feeding.
9. Start collecting Christmas books; a few each year. Wrap your books and let the kids open one each day in December as a type of advent calendar. If you don't have many Christmas books, you may be able to check some out at the library. There are so many great Christmas stories that are both entertaining and meaningful, spend some time reading with your children, it is magical. Make some hot cocoa and sit under the tree each night reading a Christmas story!
10. Go to elfontheshelf.com. This is the first time I heard of this but your children will love it. This could be your first year to start this tradition. Essentially, the idea is that there is an elf that stays at your home in the weeks before Christmas to keep an eye on the kids and then each night he goes back to the North Pole to report to Santa. He then returns to your home each morning, but never to the same place twice, so your kids will have to find him every day when they wake up.
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!