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5 simple ways to make Christmas special for kids


Shift the season from simply getting to experiencing

’Tis the season to be greedy! Or at least that’s how so many kids are inadvertently taught to think. To shift the season slightly from simply getting to experiencing, here are five tips from us to you this Christmas:

1. Attend a special event or two

Perhaps a holiday-themed concert or parade, and definitely your local Christmas carols event. There are fewer things more special for little ones than singing in a large lively group surrounded by festive decorations and flickering candlelight.

2. Get in the car!

To check out people’s Christmas light displays, that is. Each year there are a selection of households in Warrnambool that go truly head and shoulders above the rest in creating their light spectacles. Learn where the best displays are located in your area, then pile into the car wearing silly Christmas shirts and add carols to the mix for extra festive fun.

3. Make something out of nothing

You don’t have to be a host of Play School to run craft sessions with the kids. Pinterest houses a sprawling range of Christmas projects that are super easy and don’t cost the earth—from painting pine-cones, to making wreaths, baubles and various decorations. The kids will be proud of the work they’ve put in to contribute to a special Christmas.

4. Allocate the kids some responsibility

Perhaps your youngest could help you distribute the presents from under the tree on Christmas morning, and your eldest could be responsible for running the cookie decorating. Whatever it may be, they’ll relish having their ‘important thing’ and will look forward to the tradition next year.

5. Focus on giving

While Christmas is a time for spending cherished time at home with loved ones, regularly encouraging the kids to think broadly and look to those in poorer socioeconomic positions is invaluable. Assisting those in less fortunate positions can be done a number of ways, with campaigns such as the Smith Family Christmas Appeal aiming to democratise the festive season annually. Aside from regular donations, there are more interactive kid-friendly options such as hosting your own gift collections (perfect for kids and their friends) and volunteering the gift of time.