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8 Ways To Get Your Toddler Excited About Christmas

The Christmas count down is officially on! In between card writing and navigating Christmas shopping crowds, get your toddler even more excited than she already is and help make it a magical time with these fun ideas.


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Create a countdown

Whether it’s with an Advent calendar, checking days off together on the kitchen wall planner, or even one of those cute apps on your phone that ticks down the days for you, make a daily moment of telling your toddler how long there is to go.
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Decorate the garden

Buy an inflatable or ornamental reindeer to put in your garden. It’ll be lovely to point out to your child to get her excited about Father Christmas coming soon – you could tell her the reindeer’s waiting until Santa’s ready to start visiting everyone. Silliness like this can become great family traditions.
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Find a library

Some of our favourite festive reads for young children include The Jolly Christmas Postman (£12.99, Puffin) and the Christmas collection of Mr. Men. Or have a family movie afternoon one Saturday – think Elf, Miracle On 34th Street or Santa Claus: The Movie.
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Take a festive lights tour

Bundle into the car one early evening and drive round to look at the Christmas lights in your local area. Your toddler will love seeing them twinkling, and there’s always someone who goes all out with a serious spot-it-from-space effort.
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Write to Santa

Sit down and write a letter so your toddler can scribble her name or draw a picture together to send to Father Christmas.
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Get baking

Gingerbread trees. Biscuit baubles. Snowmen face cupcakes... Make a mess in the kitchen and let your toddler help you with the mixing/icing/decorating to show her all the fun things involved in the run up to the 25th.
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Make a stocking

Use a craft or messy play session to help your child make her own stocking. Cut the two shapes out of fabric, sew the sides up and add a ribbon to hang it. It doesn’t have to be perfect – Santa won’t judge. Decorate together with felt shapes, and even add her name.
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Elf yourself!

Whether you’re three or 30, there’s huge laughter potential in giving your whole family a dancing elf makeover. Visit for the free web tool – all you need are photos to upload.

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