Though people of all ages will be getting their advent calendars ready and excitedly preparing for the big day, it is children with their sense of magic, anticipation and belief that really encapsulate the true meaning of Christmas.
Even for grownups there’s something incredibly special about spending Christmas with kids, and some of the magic that you create for them almost always inevitably rubs off on you.
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This year, Kevin Macdonald’s new film Christmas in a Day features kids up and down the country preparing for Father Christmas’ visit and the celebrations that go with it.
So what can we learn from this festive film and what exactly has it taught us about Christmas with the kids?
Keep the magic alive
As we get older, it’s easy to forget the uncontainable excitement that we felt as children knowing that Santa was coming to deliver our Christmas presents.
Staying up all night, listening out for footsteps on the roof or reindeer in the garden, children from London to Edinburgh and Land’s End to John O’ Groats all keep that special Christmas magic alive for the rest of us.
So just like the parents in Sainsbury’s Christmas in a day film, try to encourage your children’s imaginations and give them something extra special to look forward to this year.
It’s not just a toy story
Though presents do of course play a big part in every child’s dream Christmas, Kevin Macdonald’s film shows that kids need a lot more than just a present under the tree to really enjoy Christmas.
For them it’s also about spending quality time with Mum and Dad, decorating the house, writing their Christmas lists and meeting up with friends and family that they wouldn’t normally see.
So don’t be fooled into thinking all kids want is a new shiny toy. Spend some quality time with your brood this year and show them what Christmas really means to you.
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Christmas trees matter
Maybe it’s because it signals the real beginning of Christmas or maybe it’s just the novelty of having a full grown tree in your living room, but Christmas in a Day really shows that kids love a Christmas tree, no matter if it’s real fake or just a few feet tall.
Acquiring the tree, installing it in your home and decorating it are all incredibly exciting events for kids, even more so if it means that they get to spend some quality time with their parents.
And as the tree often forms the centrepiece of festive fun, getting it in place and decorated to the max is crucial if you want to give your kids the best Christmas that you can.
Getting kids involved
From decorating the tree to baking festive treats, kids love to get involved in creating the Christmas magic. By making decorations, cards and presents themselves not only are kids able to join in with the preparations, it will also help to keep them entertained through the long festive period.
The internet is packed full of exiting and creative crafts ideas that you can do with your kids, so just have a quick look online if you’re unsure which activities will go down well.
To find out for yourself what Kevin Macdonald’s film has taught us about Christmas with kids, gather the family together to watch the video and you’ll see just what the children have in store for the grownups this festive period.
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