Being a parent is a 24/7 job. There is no rest day or holidays. You just keep on parenting! Though being a parent may be stressful and demanding, it can also be fun, most especially during Christmas.
Below are the things that parents do for their kids in this special season, who knows, you might find one interesting thing to adopt.
Movie marathon on holiday movies
Home Alone, Arthur Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas – these are just a few of the movies parents will let their kids dig into during this season. Maybe they feel like the huge Christmas Tree in the living room is not enough to make their kids feel the spirit of Christmas.
Holiday pictures on display
Okay, this is kind of cute if you are a young kid. But imagine seeing your young self in a red and green suit 20 years after, will you let other people see it again or will you immediately dispose of them?
Elf on the shelf
This is a new ritual that parents do on Christmas Eve. Elf on the Shelf allows parents to adopt one elf and see if their children are worthy of Christmas presents. This ritual makes children believe that the elf is to report their behaviour to Santa right before Christmas Eve arrives.
Write a letter to Santa
Months before this special holiday, parents will tell kids to write Santa a letter. This letter should say that they have been good the entire year and that they deserve a gift from him. They then enumerate the gifts they want to receive – toy cars, dolls, etc. Then, just a few days before Christmas, they will receive a letter from Santa in the UK. It should either confirm or reject their claim that they were good kids throughout the year.
Put up a sock near the chimney
Before Christmas, parents will often tell their kids to put one sock near the chimney so that Santa Claus can put their much-awaited gift inside it. Later as kids grow older (and wiser) they realise that there is no Santa, it’s just their mom or dad who puts the gift inside, in secret.
Of course, parents are so into making their kids believe that Santa or Father Christmas exists. They even keep the excitement up by tracking Santa on his journey from the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
Parents will often tell their kids that they have to leave a pie for Santa. You should also include a carrot for Rudolph, and milk or any drink of your choice for Santa. Of course, parents want their kids to believe that Santa came to visit the kids and so, they eat the pie and the carrot and drink the milk!
There are other ways to make Christmas more magical and fun for kids. But let us not forget the true meaning of the season; sharing goodwill to all, especially those who need it the most.