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27 Traditions To Start With Your Family This Christmas

Start some special new traditions with your kids.

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3. Or how about a toy advent calendar?

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Counting down to Christmas with a toy advent calendar has become increasingly popular. Chances are your favourite toy brand has a Christmas playset.

6. Invest in christmas-themed bedding.

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Angela from This Is Wiss says her childrens' Christmas-themed pillowcases help carry the excitement of Christmas Eve festivities all the way through to bedtime .

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12. Take a festive photo of your child every year.

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The twins from the Goblin Child blog are but teeny newborns this year, but their development will be documented through a fabulous collection of festive photos as they grow.

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13. Make a Christmas Eve box.

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Potty Mouthed Mummy suggests giving the children a box of festive treats on Christmas eve. Cosy pyjamas, hot chocolate, and a film to hunker down with as it grows dark on the night before Christmas.

14. Or have a second-hand Christmas.

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Lacking in present inspiration and fed up of throwing money at the problem? Jess from Along Came Cherry said no to excessive spending for the sake of it, and sourced thoughtful second-hand presents instead.

16. Make choosing the Christmas tree a family event.

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For Sorry About The Mess, selecting a tree is one of the very first signs that Christmas has begun. Get the kids involved and make it a special event to look forward to year on year.

17. Let the children choose one new special ornament for the tree each year.

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They may invariably be drawn like magpies to the tackiest ornaments, but Mummy Daddy Me knows that her children are building up a whole host of memories and sentimental value that will be carried through to adulthood.

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18. And involve them in the decorating of the tree.

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Watch their delight as they let their creativity fly. (And then rearrange it all later when they aren't looking).

20. Or how about a friendlier Elf on the Shelf alternative?

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It started as an idea from The Imagination Tree blog and has now developed into a huge community sharing photos and inspiration. The Kindness Elves encourage good-will and thoughtfulness every day throughout December.

22. Choose one present to open on Christmas Eve.

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Have your children been staring at gifts under the tree for days? Christmas anticipation at a record high? Let them open one small present on Christmas Eve - A board game or an activity to keep them busy until bedtime could prove particularly handy.

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24. Ring bells and pretend it's Santa flying over.

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@headinbook uses this fail-safe tactic on Christmas Eve to ensure her children are totally convinced by Santa's imminent arrival.

25. And Santa might even visit.

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No task is too big for Santa, even on Christmas Eve. The Snaffles family get a visit from the man himself - he reads stories to the children before setting off ahead of his big night of deliveries ahead.

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