We often get so bogged down around Christmas with the hurry of shopping, cooking, and planning for the big day that we can easily overlook the sense of wonder of the season. And if we, as adults, are unable to tap into the joy and spirit of Christmas, how can we expect our children to?

Our kids only have so many years when they are naïve and innocent enough to see the holidays through child-like eyes. It’s our job to instill in them the ability to do that for as long as possible.

Here are a few ways to do it:

1. Read Christmas Books

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Polar Express or another of your family’s favorites.

2. Visit Santa at the Mall

3. Schedule a Time for Santa to Call Your Children on the Phone

You can find apps for this online.

4. Watch Holiday Movies

Like Elf and The Polar Express. And classic television shows such as A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.

5. Listen to Christmas Music

Plug in to your favorite music app and search for the kids Christmas channel.

6. Watch the Sky at Night

In the days leading up to Christmas, see where Santa will be flying.

7. Track Santa Online

You can find an app for this online.

8. Talk About Christmas Often

You can help build the excitement by talking about Christmas, your plans for the big day, and all the events that help you celebrate the holiday.

9. Look at Photos From Past Christmases

Relive the moments, fun, and laughter.

10. Set up an Advent Calendar

Nothing builds excitement like a countdown. Display an advent calendar prominently in your home and make sure to open a new door each morning to get your kids excited about Christmas.

11. Involve Your Kids in Putting up Lights and Decorations

There is so much to be done before Christmas. We put up lights, buy a tree, decorate it, bake cookies, make special meals, and go to holiday parties throughout the month. Make sure that your kids are playing an active role in as many of these activities as possible.

12. Go to Church

One of the things I always enjoyed as a child was watching the minister or priest light a different advent candle each week. Again, moments like these help to countdown to Christmas and create a feeling of anticipation that Christmas is a time unlike any other for a child.

 

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