Christmas traditions are a lovely way of bringing the family together, creating some magic, and memories that will last a lifetime. As well as maintaining some of the traditions we always had as a family growing up, I’ve now added to these with my own children. Here are some of our favourite Christmas traditions.
1. Visiting the Pantomime
Who can resist the lure of a traditional Christmas Pantomime? Men dressed as women, sweets hurled in to the audience, no one frowning over your rowdy children, and some risqué gags for the parents thrown in for good measure. Going to the pantomime, like for many families, has become an annual tradition for us and we can’t wait for this year already.
For a list of all the great pantomimes in Bucks this Christmas 2018, click here.
2. Elf on the Shelf
Many families are now using Elf on the Shelf to incentivise their children to behave in the run up to Christmas. Ours joined the family last year and is wonderfully called Hulk Glitterface. Poor Elf.
Elf on the Shelf is a special Scout Elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts a Scout Elf and gives it a name, the Scout Elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. Each morning, the Scout Elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their Scout Elf each morning. And it’s a lot of fun for parents too, just Google ‘Elf on the Shelf ideas’ to see some of the mischief he gets up too (not always for the kiddies to see!)
Scout Elves typically appear in their families’ homes at the beginning of December. On Christmas Eve, the Scout Elves return to the North Pole with Santa Claus – until next year!
If you would like to know more about Elf on the Shelf and get yours from John Lewis, click here.
3. Christmas Tree Decorations
One of the Christmas traditions we’ve adopted with the kiddies is buying a new tree decoration for them each year. Long gone are the days of a colour co-ordinated masterpiece, but we now have a tree full of memories and beautiful decorations, all with a story behind them. Even the really freaky looking owl which I’m sure is made from real feathers…
Personalised tree decorations, like these available from Etsy, look stunning on the tree and will also be a lovely keepsake for children.
4. Visiting your local Christmas lights switch on
There’s always something quite special about wrapping up in your warmest gear, sipping mulled wine and waiting in the crisp air to watch the local celebrity turn on the Christmas lights.
We’ll be adding a list of all the Christmas light switch on events in Bucks as soon as they’re announced.
5. Take the kiddies to see Santa in his Grotto
What better way to add some sparkle to Christmas for your little ones than by booking to meet the big man himself. Santa is a pretty busy man at this time of year, but has freed up some space in his diary to meet the lovely children of Buckinghamshire. From fantastic Grottos to breakfast with Father Christmas, we’ve pulled together our list of the best of the best in Bucks and the surrounding area this Christmas 2018.
Click here for details of where to meet Santa in Bucks.
6. Going to a Christmas Market
There’s not much beats the smell of Christmas markets with all those yummy food stalls, mulled wine and Christmas scented goodies, and it’s something the whole family can enjoy.
We’ve pulled together a list of the best Christmas markets in the country to make it that bit easier for you to pick the best one for you. Whether you want to jump in the car for a day trip, or if you’re planning something a bit more extravagant with a weekend away, we’ve got something that will have you ho ho ho-ing all the way there.
Click here to see the Christmas markets that have made our nice list this year.
7. Christmas Eve boxes
Christmas Eve boxes have really taken off over the last few years to extend that festive magic for little ones. Contents for the boxes could include new Christmas Eve PJs and slippers (we love the range at M&S for kids and bigger kids), a festive film, hot chocolate and marshmallows, a Christmas book, Reindeer food, and a letter from Santa.
These personalised Christmas Eve boxes from Etsy are adorable and can be used year after year.
8. Leaving a treat out for Santa
We all know Santa has a lot of houses to visit on Christmas Eve, so make sure you leave him a little snack, a drink and a treat for Rudolf to help them on their way. And you may as well grab one for yourself at the same time!
We love Maidenhead based Sweet Things & Cookies By Sara. Christmas goodies include things like Father Christmas Cookie and Milk Jars and Hot Chocolate Kits for that something special on Christmas Eve. You can get in touch by clicking here.
If you’re looking for a beautiful Christmas Eve platter to put Santa’s mince pie and drink on, have a look at these stunning wooden boards with personalised engraved names by Berkshire based Hugo’s Workshop.
9. Flour footprints
Add some extra excitement on Christmas morning by creating Father Christmas footprints by the front door or the Christmas Tree using flour or icing sugar.
You can get these footprint stencils from Etsy to help create the print if you don’t fancy freestyling!
10. Gingerbread House traditions
Gingerbread houses are lovely traditions to make with your children and are a gorgeous festive piece to add to your decorations (if they last that long!). You can either start from scratch or I tend to buy a Gingerbread house kit where most of the hard work is done for you and you just need to stick it together and decorate it with sweets and icing.
Click here for some fantastic Gingerbread house kits we found at Lakeland, but they’re always readily available on the high street and in supermarkets.
We hope you enjoyed this Christmas traditions post. For more Christmas ideas and events in Buckinghamshire this year, click here.