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5 top tips for a very Merry Christmas

1. Plan ahead and get the whole family involved

Anticipation is one of the great joys of Christmas so why not get everyone involved in planning the festive period. Whether it’s a hot chocolate station kind of night or a Neighbourhood Festive Lights Tour, let everyone pick their favourite things and get the calendar and pens out. Here are some brilliant ideas.

2. Routines can be fun

Routine and structure make children (especially adopted ones) feel safe and secure. By ensuring you stick to mealtimes, bedtimes, rest times etc, you will ensure that your child enjoys the festive period. Ways to encourage your child into a routine.

3. Enjoy the outdoors every day

Christmas tree in glass ball on snow. Glitter lights background. 3D illustrationIt can be easy to stay in the cosiness of your home but fresh air and exercise make everyone feel brilliant. A wander around the neighbourhood looking at the lights, Christmas trails in the park or a bike ride for tea and cake will get the colour in the cheeks and the endorphins pumping.

Christmas trails and lovely walks in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, North Lincolnshire

4. Christmas Bake Off

Celebrations don’t have to be big to be beautiful, children often appreciate time spent with them above time spent on them. Baking is a brilliant activity that’s sensory, slow and has yummy rewards for everyone. Here’s some baking inspo… snowy chocolate crackle cookies, gingerbread stained glass window cookies, cheese and rosemary biscuits

5.Get crafty

One of the easiest ways to get ‘in the flow’ and enjoy mindfulness is by crafting and Christmas brings so many make and do activities. Here are some we think you’ll love. Salt dough Christmas tree decorations, painted santa stones, easy pine cone decorations, handprint snowmen Christmas cards

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