Create new traditions with children on the cheap. Chances are finances are now tighter now. So, here are a few suggestions for you and your children. Feel free to share some other traditions at the bottom of this blog.
- Google “Merry Christmas Coloring Page”. Encourage your children to create a card for Christmas for the other parent.
- First, its fun and cheap. Secondly, children generally identify with both parents.
- When you encourage them to do something nice for the other parent it makes your children feel extra special.
- It helps them to know both of their parents can still be kind to each other and that they can still feel safe even after the divorce.
- You can also place a blank page on top of the coloring page. Your child can trace the picture before coloring it.
- Google “snowflake cut-outs”. Print a few different templates.
- Have your children cut out snowflakes and tape them all over the house.
- You can go with white or colored paper or tape a white snowflake on colored paper.
- You can also find videos on Youtube of DIY paper cut outs of fancy snowflakes
- Check out this link: https://www.firstpalette.com/printable/snowflake.html
- Make Christmas ornaments and string popcorn for the tree.
- Need ideas? Google “how to make Christmas ornaments”.
- Play Christmas music throughout the house.
- Sing Christmas songs with your children.
- Have your children record a Christmas song and send the recording to family members.
- If your children are with you on Christmas Day, perhaps they can call the other parent and sing a Christmas song.
Have you seen the movie “The Polar Express” movie with Tom Hanks? Did you know that you and your children can take a Polar Express Train ride? Google Polar Express Calgary. There are a few companies that offer these excursions. This, however, would not be a cheap adventure.
- If you don’t get your children for Christmas dinner, perhaps when you do have them, your tradition can be to take them for Chinese food during your time.
A few more ….
- Build a Fridge snowman.
- Go look at Christmas lights.
- Create snow angels outside.
- Go tobogganing.
- Watch Christmas movies
- Make Christmas cookies.
- Take a family picture with everyone wearing Christmas Pajamas.