It is the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is just around the corner, the days are darker earlier, and the lights are twinkling in almost every window. As parents, we plan lovely long festive days, bake cookies, read stories, indulge long stories about Santa and ensure those little elves are working hard to get the right color teddy. But sometimes the most uncomplicated evenings are the best ones, and perfectly average can be utterly fabulous.

 

Get the good cups out! There is nothing like a big hot mug of cocoa, topped with cream or marshmallows. There are some fabulous recipes for slow cooker hot chocolate – which is brilliant for having more than one cup. It will stay warm for ages – easy!

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Get the blankets and the comfy loungewear washed. This time of year can be really heavy on the washing machine and tumble dryer. So before the week is out call someone to get yours looked over and book an appliance repair should you need one.

 

Take a lot of photos. With modern busy lives having time together like this isn’t always easy to come by, so take some pictures to savour as the children grow older.

 

Snacks galore! If you have the time, even though this time of year is incredibly busy, then you might like to take some time to make some fudge. If not then popcorn, pretzels, crudites and dip and plenty of Christmas spiced cookies are going to make the perfect companions.

 

Grab all the pillows. And lay them all over the floor or the couch. Make it extra snuggly and cosy. And, at this time of year with the dark nights and thick socks, it is more likely that the smaller members of the family might just fall asleep in the middle of the movie.

 

Create a magical key. Not every house has a chimney, and some kids are super, and they’ll ask how Santa will get to the tree to leave the gifts. Find or purchase a large key, and create a note that says something like

 

“Dear Santa here is a magical key to let you into our home love from XYZ.”

 

Get the children to place the key outside, somewhere only Santa will find it. (just remember to take it in and hide it once they’ve gone off to the land of nod).

 

Spend some time tracking the big man himself. You can download an app for your phone, or you can check on the internet and google something like ‘Santa Tracker’ and watch as he flies around the world dropping off gifts to all the girls and boys.

 

If you haven’t already written letters to Santa, Christmas Eve is the perfect time to put pen to paper. Not to ask for gifts, but just something nice about what they’ve been doing to celebrate the festive season.

 

And finally, when everyone is tucked up in bed, pour yourself a glass of your favourite beverage or a large hot drink and relax.

 

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