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December Blog 2023: The Importance of Family

December 11, 2023

December Blog 2023: The Importance of Family

 

 

 

 

Why is Family so Important?

 

The family is the most powerful foundation for the future.

There is no such thing as the perfect family.

Families come in all shapes and sizes. The make-up of every household is different in some way.

All families move between function and dysfunction. This is because life events impact upon them. For example, the cost of living, poor health, illness, separation, divorce, and death.

The alternative to family is isolation.

 

Children will not be able to navigate life without a close group around them. As the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child”: people they know, who know them, and who they can trust, so that they can become that resilient, robust, and reliable child.

 

It goes without saying that children in loving families do better in relationships, love, stability, and life. Family is about everything: togetherness, love, support, security, care, happiness, holiday, fun, home, and memories.

 

Building Memories of Christmas

 

Repeat, repeat, and repeat the same activities every year. This helps your child build up their memory. Create family traditions together.

 

Here are 24 great ideas to build Christmas traditions:

 

  1. Write and send a letter to Father Christmas
  2. Make Christmas cards
  3. Write and send Christmas cards. Go to the post box.
  4. Buying and collecting your tree can be a big event
  5. Decorate your tree together
  6. Create salt dough decorations for the tree
  7. Enjoy a Christmas film night
  8. Go to a Pantomime
  9. Look at Christmas lights
  10. Play Christmas music
  11. Learn and sing Christmas carols
  12. Make cranberry and popcorn garlands and decorate a tree outside
  13. Have a themed Christmas photo shoot
  14. Go to a Christmas Eve children’s Nativity service
  15. Borrow Christmas books from the library
  16. Elf on the Shelf
  17. Wrap presents together
  18. Make Christmas biscuits
  19. Use the same fruit in the stockings each year e.g., a pomegranate
  20. Wear Christmas pyjamas
  21. Make snow globes
  22. Homemade decorations to be displayed every year
  23. Sprinkle reindeer food on the lawn or out of the window on Christmas eve
  24. Leave something out for Father Christmas

Repeat, repeat, and repeat.

            Keep it simple.

 

 

Magical Reindeer Food

 

This is easily made with 3-4 tablespoons of rolled oats mixed with 2 tablespoons of red or green sugar sprinkles. Make up your own magical rhyme as you sprinkle these, along the lines of the following:

 

Sprinkle on the lawn at night.

The moon will make it sparkle bright.

As Santa’s reindeer fly and roam.

This will guide them to your home.

 

Ten brilliant Christmas books to share with your child:

 

  • Jingle Bells by Nick Butterworth (HarperCollins)
  • Dear Santa by Rod Campbell (MacMillan)
  • The Jolly Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg (Puffin)
  • The Christmas Bear by Ian Whybrow and Alex Scheffler (Macmillan)
  • Alfie’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes (Red Fox)
  • That’s not my Christmas Tree by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells (Usborne)
  • One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth (HarperCollins)
  • Luna Loves Christmas by Joseph Coelho (Anderson Press)
  • Stick Man by Julia Donaldson (Scholastic)
  • The Christmas Book by Dick Bruna (Simon & Schuster)