14. Or have a second-hand Christmas.
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.
15. Go to a carol service.
Introduce your children to the festive magic of carols by candlelight.
16. Make choosing the Christmas tree a family event.
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.
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.
20. Or how about a friendlier Elf on the Shelf alternative?
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.
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.