By Isa Jaward
Whether it's opening a present on Christmas Eve or leaving a mince pie for Father Christmas, every family has their stalwart traditions.
Are you looking to start some new traditions this year? Getting creative with baking or crafts are some of the ways to spend time with your grandchildren this Christmas. Read our list and discover new traditions to make every Christmas a special one...
Make a family newsletter
Sit down together and make a note of all the good things that have happened this year. Save them in a book to look through in the future.
Buy each grandchild a bauble
They'll build up a collection which they can use in their own decorating when they're much older.
Create a holiday playlist together
From chart hits to Christmas classics, collating your favourite songs into a playlist is a fun way to create festive cheer as a family.
Start a Christmas story advent
Reading them holiday stories in the run-up to Christmas is the perfect way to spend time with your grandchildren. We suggest The Polar Express,
How The Grinch Stole Christmas or A Christmas Carol.
Fill a charity shoebox
Teach them the true spirit of giving this Christmas by helping them fill a shoebox with unwanted toys and games. Charities like the Samaritans will send your donations to underprivileged children around the world.
Bake decorations and gifts
Get the little ones involved in decorating this year with a spot of baking. Cookie cutters in shape of stars, Christmas trees and gingerbread men are easy to find in the shops, and make for adorable additions to the tree and delicious edible gifts. Coat the biscuits in layers of varnish for long-lasting decorations.
Make a tree garland
Crafts are a fun way to spend time with the kids, and will keep them getting bored whilst stuck inside. Head to the Activity Village website for ideas and templates to help you get started.
Take them on a special Christmas outing
This is a great tradition to get the whole family in the Christmas spirit. Take your grandchildren to a local fir farm and let them pick a tree, or spend time with them in Santa's grotto.
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