It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Even though it’s barely December, nothing makes for a better Christmas than a month of hype! Create traditions and memories that your children will remember forever with these tips for finding the Christmas magic.

Elf on the Shelf
‘Elf on the Shelf’ – the flexible elf toy that has taken Christmas by storm – is more than just Santa’s little helper… it’s every parents dream come true! From the moment you unpackage your Elf on the Shelf, and give them a name that’s less of a mouthful, he or she will ensure your children are on their best behaviour right up until Christmas. If not, Santa will receive a special report indicating whether your child should be on the ‘Naughty’ or the ‘Nice’ list. Because isn’t that what Santa’s all about: helping you parent?

Advent Calendar
They’re something of a lost tradition, but the advent calendar used to be one of the highlights of the year when we were kids! Remember the excitement of breaking open one of the little doors and scoring the Christmas-themed chocolate that was inside? If you’re not a fan of giving your kids chocolate – the Christmas Crazies are totally a thing – opt for an advent calendar with non-edible treats, like this LEGO advent calendar, this Hatchimals advent calendar, this Twinkle & Shine stationery advent calendar or the Playmobil advent calendar.

Have a Christmas movie marathon
If you’re looking for a way to get that warm, fuzzy holiday feeling, you can’t do much better than watching a Christmas movie – especially when Christmas is right around the corner. There are so many to choose from, too! Kids will always love ‘The Grinch’, the ‘Home Alone’ series and ‘The Santa Clause’ movies, while adults alike will get a kick out of movies like ‘The Polar Express’ and ‘Elf’. Then, when the kids have gone to bed, turn on ‘Love Actually’ for a side-splitting, heart-warming serving of Christmas spirit.

Write a letter to Santa… and have him write one back
If your kids don’t get time to sit on Santa’s lap at your local shopping centre – check out all of the places he’ll be popping up right here – or even if they do, having them sit down to write a letter to Santa won’t just help them get into the holiday spirit, but it will also give you some special keepsakes to remind them of during Christmases to come. Then, on Christmas Eve, have Santa write a lovely letter back – and maybe even leave some cookies out for him – for your kids to read when they open their presents in the morning.

Or follow his journey!
It’s not Christmas without the big man in red, and there’s no better way to get excited about his arrival than to track his journey from the North Pole right to your Christmas tree – watching as he delivers toys to children all over the world along the way. Keep an eye on websites like www.santatracker.google.com or www.noradsanta.org to stay up to date with his journey.

Now, we want you to tell us: what does your family do to make the holidays magical? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Anastasia White

Anastasia White  

Anastasia (‘Anny’ to her friends and family, thanks to some nickname experimentation in year 4 that unfortunately stuck) is a born-and-bred Brisbanite with a love of coffee and her cat, Olive. Having recently finished a degree in journalism, Anastasia loves being able to learn and write about so many different topics for a variety of audiences.