How to get your kids more involved with Christmas

Christmas cookies

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It’s no secret that kids love Christmas, but their favourite parts are definitely opening their presents on Christmas morning, visiting Santa and eating loads of lovely foods that they probably aren’t allowed to eat as many of at any other time of the year. As a parent, the festive season is a lot different for you – you’ve got all the chores to think about and you need to make sure that the gifts are bought and wrapped, the decorations are up and the food is prepared on Christmas Day. So, how do you get your kids to become more involved in Christmas, help out with the chores and teach them about the true meaning of the season – being generous to others?

Be Charitable

Many schools have charitable causes over the Christmas period, whether it be sending gift boxes to children in third world countries, or helping the homeless and less fortunate in the local area. If your child’s school is running a campaign like this, it’s a good idea to make sure that they really get involved in it and learn more about the true meaning of Christmas. This is also an excellent way to teach your child appreciation and thankfulness, as they’ll learn that some people don’t have as great a Christmas as they do. Getting involved with charity yourself can also be a bonus, such as donating your old Christmas decorations from the year before to a hospital or nursing home, or visiting homeless shelters armed with home baked cakes and cookies which your children helped to create.

Split the Chores

If you’re tired of running around stressed out whilst your kids lounge on the sofa playing games, assigning them tasks to do in order to lighten your burden over the festive period is a good plan. Some parents like to offer incentives to their children in order to give them something to motivate them to help out, such as a bit of pocket money to spend on whatever they’d like, or extra time watching the television or playing on their gaming console or computer. Assigning chores to your kids doesn’t have to be boring, as there are loads of ways in which you can make Christmas chores fun. If you’re having a hard time deciding which task to give which child, using the Twelve Chores of Christmas game by Ladbrokes can make this easy.

Choosing Gifts

If you have to buy a lot of gifts for family members and friends, letting your child help you choose is a great way to get them more involved with the festive season. This is a great idea especially if you’re buying gifts for your children’s friends as well, as they’re bound to have a better idea of the kinds of things that they will enjoy. Once you’ve bought the gifts, let your child choose some gift wrap and help you with the task of wrapping all the presents for under the tree.

What do you do to get your children more involved with Christmas? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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