Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Our Christmas Eve Traditions - Fun things to make Christmas Eve even better for little ones

This time next week it'll be Christmas Eve so I thought I'd share with you the things that we'll be doing with Ethan to make it even more magical than Christmas even normally is!

We didn't really have a Christmas eve tradition when I was little, beyond putting out something for santa and the reindeer. But when I was in some of my baby groups after having Ethan the ladies were all talking about varrious things they do for their little ones on Christmas eve and I was intent on making some new traditions for Ethan.

We're not going to be doing any floury footprints on the floor or anything that extreme but I've adopted the idea of getting a gift from the 'elves' on Christmas eve which contains some brand new pyjamas and a dvd for Christmas eve evening. I've not, yet, told him it's from the elves, but maybe I will this year, or maybe it'll just be a present, he won't mind either way.

This year I managed to get these gorgeous, proper Christmas ones in a fleecey fabric from Primark for £4! In the past they've never been actual Christmas ones, just new pyjamas but when Ethan asked for some ones like Mummy's nordic/xmas print leggings it seemed like the obvious choice to get him some full on christmas ones.

I wasn't going to get him a specific Christmas DVD, he has a few random ones he's getting anyway so was going to give him one of those on Christmas eve. But we've been reading some of my old books, which my Mum rescued from the loft, and one of them is 'The Snowman' as I thought he'd need to be prepared for watching it, one day (I used to cry whenever I watched it as a child). He's been really enjoying it, and we've got in to the habit of saying, at the end, 'And he can build another Snowman next year!

Anywaaaay, I was in Co-op and they had an animated Rudolph dvd for £2.99 so I thought I'd get him that... then I saw The Snowman for £4.99 and that was only a couple of pounds more so seemed to make sense and Then, I saw both of the Snowman films for £9.99 and I picked it up before I could change my mind!

Ethan calls this 'The Merry Christmas book' and, last year, Father Christmas was called 'The Merry Christmas man' - No idea why. This book doesn't only get read at Christmas, Ethan requests it from time to time throughout the year. But we'll definitely be reading it this Christmas Eve and, hopefully, many Christmas Eve's to come. 

This one isn't something I've set up, this was from the lady that runs 'Tatty Bumpkins' which is a toddler/pre-schooler yoga thing and she goes to various places and teaches a class. Ethan has Tatty Bumpkins every Wednesday at Nursery, he loves it.

Anyway, this week, Tatty gave them all their own bag of 'Reindeer food'! From the looks of it it's oats and also has some green and red chunks of something in to make it look a little less like plain oats, and also more festive looking! I love the idea and I think we'll probably do this again in the future - Much more exciting than a carrot!

So that's what we'll be doing on Christmas Eve, I'm also toying with the idea of us all having a hot chocolate together in the evening, too, whilst we watch the film - But we'll have to see how well behaved Ethan is first haha!