Creating Christmas Family Traditions with a New Partner
Ding dong merrily on high! ‘Tis almost the season to be jolly and this year it’s going to be extra awesome, as you have a new partner! Nice one. Finally, someone to buy you decent gifts – something to complement the ‘wonderful’ home made gifts from the children.
Christmas is a great time for creating new happy memories as a family and for starting some new family traditions. Getting your kids and your new partner involved with Christmas themed activities can help you all to bond as a unit and ensure a happy Christmas for everyone. We’ve got some great ideas for things you can do on a chilly weekend leading up to the big day.
Decorating the tree
We all have that classic image in our heads of a family happily decorating the tree, a roaring fire in the background next to the sheepskin rug and the smell of freshly baked mince pies in the air. Recreating your own tree decorating memories with your children and new partner can be just as magical, even if you’re just using shop-bought baubles with a silly Christmas film on the TV.
At first thought, taking children Christmas shopping might seem like a new form of hell. However, with two of you now to round the children up while they run around the toy shop, it can make the whole process a lot easier. It can also be a great opportunity to find out what your new partner would love or absolutely hate for Christmas and gives you a chance to point out lovely things in shops that your partner and your children can buy for you when you’re ‘not looking’.
A slightly cold walk in the woods might be met with angry glares by your children at first, but ignore the moans and force them outside! Wrapping up warm and going for a healthy walk somewhere special can be a great bonding moment for all of you, away from TV and technology. After all that walking you will be able to treat yourselves with some hot chocolate under a blanket at home, smartphones safely back in hand.
Find somewhere nearby with a pop-up ice skating rink and go with the whole family on a fun day trip. Often, big shopping malls have a pop-up skating rink for the festive season, so you could combine this with present shopping. There is the extra opportunity here for you to casually fall into your partner’s arms, laughing merrily, and generally looking adorable.
Christmas isn’t all about outdoor activities. Get your new partner and children involved in making some Christmas treats, which you can either give to loved ones as gifts or keep to munch for yourselves – a win win either way. Take a look on Pinterest for millions of Christmas craft and cooking ideas that are easy for kids to take part in. You could even teach your new partner a thing or two about baking for future reference!
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