I’ve found a number of websites that really get me into the Christmas spirit and offer great ideas that help me teach my children about giving, thinking of others and the birth of Jesus, as well as experiencing the wonderful magic of Christmas. Here are some of my favourite sites and ideas that I’d like to share with you. I hope you like them as much as me and use the ones you think will work for you and your family.
1. Encourage your family to be servant-hearted and bless others this Christmas by visiting Light ’em Up! There are some great ideas, an easy to use planner and loads of Christmassy printables – this ‘programme’ is great for teaching little ones to think of others and the importance of giving (not just receiving!) I recommend clicking on the ‘history of the program’ too and if you’re a busy mummy then remember to read the ‘no guilt mum pledge’ at the bottom!
2. If you want to see your children’s eyes light up as the real Father Christmas delivers them a very personal message then visit PNP (Portable North Pole) In fact, I think us adults enjoy it as much as (if not more than) the little ones! Have you been naughty or nice?
3. Track Santa as he delivers gifts all over the world, with a little help from The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Last year we stayed up late to watch Santa ride his sleigh, amazingly visiting every single country until all the presents had been delivered. Actually, it was just us adults who ‘tuned in’ ‘cos the kids were in bed…….it certainly made us feel young and strangely excited too!
4. Here are some great suggestions and ideas to help us overcome questions such as ‘are Santa and Jesus the same person?’ and ‘is Father Christmas real?’. Take a moment to read this great ‘secret’ created by Jen Wilkin and I found a simple clip on You Tube which sums it all up perfectly. Check out this short video (which is as equally good for adults as it is for children)