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Sophia

Sophia

Have a great year everyone! Are you getting sad at the thought of taking down the Christmas decorations?

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Sophia

Nicole

Nicole

Have you put your Christmas tree up yet? We'd love to see your pics 🌲🌲

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Nicole

Nicole

Keri
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Keri

This is our Xmas tree🥰

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Carselea

Carselea

What have you bought so far? Have you got most of your gifts bought?

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Carselea

Carselea

Laura
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Laura

I'm almost done! I bought my son a keyboard because he wants to learn to play the piano. I'll probably regret it later when the one man band starts up in his room.😂My daughter is all about clothes and skin care products, so that was easy.

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Keri

Keri

We have a tradition of donating Xmas food to our local food bank. I think it's important that Xmas for kids isn't just about getting stuff, it's also about giving back to your local community. This time of year is lovely, but it can be incredibly stressful for families who are just getting by. Food banks are always super busy at Xmas time and they'll truly appreciate a box of cookies, chocolates, stocking chocolates, cranberry sauce, potatoes...and when your kids drop off a box of food they get to experience the joy of giving things to other people and also to feel grateful for the things they have.

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Carselea
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Carselea

What a lovely idea. I always donate items for local food banks at the supermarket, where they have collection boxes. It's so important to think of those who might not be having such a happy Christmas this year

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Sophia

Sophia

It's official - decorating for Christmas early makes you happier

 

Have you got your tree up yet? We know it’s still early December. Surely you still have some time don’t you?

 

If you’re itching to get out the tinsel then there’s some good news. According to experts, those who decorate earlier for Christmas are happier. It’s because it puts you in touch with your inner child and makes you remember the time before you had to start adulting - with all the stress that brings.

 

Psychoanalyst, Steve McKeown, said:

“In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of childhood.”

And hanging up fairy lights and snowflakes early doesn’t just make you happier but it helps spread some cheer to your neighbours too. People who decorate early are seen to be more "friendly and cohesive" (said McKeown) and help share a little Christmas magic.

 

It’s true that twinkling Christmas lights and shiny decorations make us feel happy and bring some light to the dark winter evenings. As soon as you get the boxes of decorations down and start to rummage through them it’s hard not to feel some of that festive magic well up inside you.

 

Have you put up your Christmas decorations yet?

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Sophia

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Keri
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Our Christmas decorations are up. Again, we've chosen a tree that seemed quite small when we bought it outside, and looks massive inside!😂

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Schofie89

Schofie89

Our family tradition is a Christmas eve box full of movies, games, pyjamas, a letter from santa and hot chocolate. We also do a quick drive round to look at Christmas lights and to see if we can hear/see Santa's sleigh

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marialev
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marialev

Sounds lovely! I haven't tried the Christmas Eve boxes yet but they sound like such a nice tradition

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Nicola
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Nicola

Ooh. I LOVE Christmas Eve boxes. We do them too and they almost make Christmas Eve as magical as the big day. I hope you have a lovely time again this year.

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Leya

Leya

In Spain they have a funny tradition : while you listen to the 12 last bells in the clock for the new year, you have to eat one grape for each bell(so 12 in total) maybe sounds weird, but when you do it with your family, it's really funny, you start to laugh and most of the people can't finish on time. I like this tradition cause I had practice it with my family for years. Hope you like it 😀

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emmam
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emmam

That sounds like so much fun!

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Keri
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Keri

I love a tradition that makes everyone laugh....

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Nicola
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Nicola

I've never heard of a tradition like that but it sounds like so much fun. I want to try it with my family too.

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KickiR28

KickiR28

Us kids had to leave the living room to wait for our presents who were (supposedly) then delivered by the Christkind (in Germany we have the Christmas child not Santa). My dad would then ring a small bell once we were allowed back in. He would then close the window as if the Christkind had just left and we just missed it (again) by a few seconds. Also, we decorate the tree together on the morning of the 24th December and only turn the lights on the first time that evening (in Germany Christmas is usually celebrated on that day).

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Sophia N
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Sophia N

Sounds like a beautiful tradition 🙂

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Carselea
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Carselea

I love that idea - so magical

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Holly B
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Holly B

How lovely. I like the idea of not putting the tree up until Christmas Eve. It makes it more special.

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Laura
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Laura

Sounds like a magical and memorable Christmas...

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Nicola
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Nicola

I love hearing about different countries celebrate Christmas and all the different traditions.

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Hamsandwich

Hamsandwich

Me and my lg make christmas cards together for the family. She's age 3 now but we've done this every year since she was born. First year was her hand print, second was reindeer footprint this year it'll be something with salt dough. I'm hoping she'll come up with her own ideas as she gets older 😊

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marialev
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marialev

Love this idea! We did little footprint pictures when ours was a baby but I never thought to make it into cards. Enjoy this year's!

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Carselea
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Carselea

What a lovely tradition to build up over the years.

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Holly B
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Holly B

Oh wow. I wish I had started a tradition like that when mine were babies. What a fab idea

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