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Creating Festive Wellbeing: Tips and Activities for Families During Christmas

06 Dec 2023

The holiday season is a time for joy, togetherness, and making cherished memories. For families with primary school children, fostering wellbeing during Christmas involves a blend of meaningful activities and mindful practices. Balancing the excitement of the season with moments of calm and connection can make this time both festive and fulfilling.

Prioritise Mindfulness and Gratitude

1. Daily Gratitude Rituals: Encourage a daily practice of sharing things each family member is grateful for. This simple routine can instill a positive mindset and appreciation for the little things.

2. Mindful Moments: Amidst the hustle, try to schedule moments for mindfulness. This can include short breathing exercises, nature walks, or quiet reading sessions together.

Embrace Meaningful Traditions

1. Family Cooking or Baking: Engage children in the kitchen with age-appropriate tasks. Baking cookies or preparing a special meal not only teaches skills but also fosters family bonding.

2. Crafting and DIY Decorations: Create ornaments, wreaths, or handmade cards. Crafting together encourages creativity and allows for personal expression.

Encourage Acts of Giving

1. Volunteer as a Family: Participate in charitable activities, such as volunteering at a local shelter or donating toys. Teaching children the joy of giving back cultivates empathy and a sense of community.

2. Secret Santa for Kindness: Encourage a "Secret Santa" twist where family members perform kind acts for each other, promoting thoughtfulness and consideration.

Manage Expectations and Stress

1. Simplify Celebrations: Set realistic expectations and avoid overloading schedules. Sometimes, the simplest activities create the fondest memories.

2. Open Communication: Encourage open conversations about feelings and emotions during this busy time. Addressing stressors together can ease tensions and create a supportive environment.

Fun and Play

1. Family Game Nights: Engage in board games, charades, or puzzles. Laughter and playtime are excellent stress relievers and strengthen family bonds.

2. Outdoor Activities: Weather permitting, enjoy outdoor activities like sledding, building snowmen, or simply taking a winter stroll. Fresh air and physical activity contribute to overall wellbeing.

Remember, the true essence of Christmas lies in the moments shared, the laughter echoed, and the warmth of familial love.

Wishing you and your family a season filled with peace, joy, and wellbeing.

Mrs Weber


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