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How to Create Christmas Memories with Your Grandchildren

November 15, 2016
Create Christmas memories with your grandchildren

Creating Christmas Memories is a lovely way to teach children about tradition and the importance of family.  Children & Grandchildren are what make Christmas so special.  The excitement of building up to Christmas Day and perhaps what Santa will bring, the look of wonder when they see the Christmas lights.

Now that I am a grandmother I want to continue traditions with my grandson that I had with his mother and uncle when they were growing up.

Christmas Traditions for Grandchildren

When my children were growing up, each year I would buy them a special decoration for them to hang on the Christmas Tree.  It was a way to mark each year.  I had some decorations from when I was a child which I have given to my children and it is lovely to keep the tradition going.

Now that I have grandchildren, I do the same. For their first Christmas I usually buy a bauble with their name engraved on it plus a Christmas Teddybear with the year of their first Christmas.

Christmas Teddy Bear

I have special ones for each of them on my tree – an crystal angel for Lexie, a crystal christmas tree for Harry and a crystal candy cane for Camden.

Last year, my youngest grandson, Ethan, is 18 months old so I have bought him a Santa decoration for the tree.  Although he is young, he knows which are his decorations.

Christmas Memories Decorations

Chrismas Memories Decoration







I would also like to think that when they look at them each year, they remember me and how much I love them.

I think as grandparents it is lovely to have a tradition with your grandchildren which hopefully they will continue into the future.

Here are some other suggestions to create memories….

  • Perhaps you like to make the Christmas cake or pudding and let them have a stir.
  • Visiting the City to see the giant Christmas tree and shops decorated with story themes and Christmas lights.
  • Having a trimming the tree night or day for the grandchildren to visit and decorate your tree.
  • Making decorations together as a craft time.
  • For those who don’t live near their grandchildren, why not send an individual Christmas Card?  Children will be excited to receive a card in the mail (which is slowly dying due to internet) that is just for them.This year, I sent our two oldest grandchildren a Christmas Card and mentioned how proud we were of their school achievements this year.

These are some lovely ways to create memories with your grandchildren although there are many more if you get creative!

No matter what the tradition is, it is all about creating Christmas Memories for you and them to cherish.

Do you have any special traditions with your children or grandchildren?  I’d love to hear them.

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  • Reply Toni Pike December 17, 2015 at 20:06

    Hello Sue – a great post and very timely ideas for me! When my own children were small they loved helping to make the Christmas cake and putting up the decorations. And those trips to look at the Christmas decorations in the city were so special. They also liked reading Christmas stories and an annual trip to do some Christmas shopping. When we lived in the USA, we were amazed at the lavishness of the decorations and their tradition of making Christmas Cookies.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 18, 2015 at 05:09

      Hello Toni! Lovely of you to stop by. Yes I loved when the children were smaller and I know that the US certainly are bigger and brighter at this timeof year. It is great to start traditions and I’m sure if you become a grandmother you will do the same. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Jennifer Abel December 21, 2015 at 10:18

    Great idea Sue, Christmas is special to the little ones and being a grandparent we can certainly make their memories of Christmas last a life time. Thank you for sharing on #overthemoon. I hope your family have a wonderful day

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2015 at 11:31

      It is lovely spending time with the grandchildren Jen. Thanks for the comment and your friendship through 2015. Wishing you and your family a special time at Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

  • Reply Mackenzie Glanville December 23, 2015 at 10:52

    I really love this post Sue. We are staying with my parents and it is lovely to see the bond strengthening between them and my children. Aspen is 11 and has been baking lots with Nan, April has enjoyed gift wrapping and making things pretty and Adam is just in awe of everything. We are far from Steve’s parents as they live in Mackay, they have sent presents and as you say cards for the kids. I am making a Christmas family movie today to email to them for Christmas morning as they miss out on a lot because they are far away and due to his dad’s weak health. I am posting later today my Friday Reflections (as we are doing it early this week) and one of the prompts is a Christmas one so feel free to share this post again there if you wish. Much love and Merry Christmas xx PS Adam just came hopping up to me wearing his Reindeer headband that he made at school, he is so excited!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 24, 2015 at 07:13

      Oh that is so lovely for the children and you Mackenzie. My children didn’t have grandparents from the time my eldest was 4.5 y.o. I think they really missed out on a beautiful relationship especially my Mum who was a very special person. That is why I make a point of doing this for our grandchildren. Oh Adam sounds just gorgeous – it is all about the kids isn’t it. Have a magical Christmas! I love the idea of the video for your in-laws. We do this with Mike’s cousins in Italy and they love it.

  • Reply Jen December 24, 2015 at 06:53

    My grandparents gave me an ornament every year for Christmas. I loved it when I got married and had my first Christmas tree and I had ornaments. Each ornament does bring back lots of memories.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 24, 2015 at 07:17

      How lovely Jen I just love that idea especially that you kept them for your first tree when you married. These traditions are so beautiful. Thanks for stopping by and will be thinking of you Christmas Day. xx

  • Reply El December 25, 2015 at 08:38

    What lovely ideas, Sue! I love having little traditions that help create beautiful memories for our children. The Christmas Decorations is such a gorgeous one, I think I will use it myself for next year with my children. There’s nothing more beautiful than watching your children with people who love them as much as you do – Grandparents. The children today are luckier with modern technology so it does feel like Grandpa or Grandma is living just next door. #mg

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 25, 2015 at 14:24

      Hi El! Yes I’ve just come back from spending the morning with my children and gorgeous grandson. He was beside himself with excitement and it is so wonderful to just sit and watch their reactions. My children had lost all their grandparents by the time my eldest was just under 5 so I’m trying to give my grandchildren lots of memories. I do love the Christmas decoration tradition – that is my favourite. Merry Christmas to you and your family and have a wonderful 2016!

  • Reply Roxanne Jones November 16, 2016 at 05:25

    Thanks for your suggestions, Sue! Our only grandson lives on the other side of the country, and it never occurred to me to send him his own Christmas card! Duh. That’s going to be a new tradition starting this year!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2016 at 08:13

      Oh I’m so pleased Roxanne! A lovely new tradition for you and I’m sure your grandson will love it!

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski November 16, 2016 at 07:58

    My kids haven’t had babies yet and we’re always spread all over the place. That and some mixed religion thrown in has made it hard to have much in the way of tradition. We get together, though and celebrate with food and just hanging around together. Love your ideas, though.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2016 at 08:14

      Families can be so complicated these days can’t they Rebecca? We have a blended family and trying to get everyone together is nearly impossible!

  • Reply Helene Cohen Bludman November 16, 2016 at 08:11

    Your grandchildren will surely grow up with the fondest memories of Christmas with you. Lovely ideas.

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark November 16, 2016 at 08:40

    These are all wonderful ideas. I bet your grandchildren will remember these traditions forever.

  • Reply Carol Cassara November 17, 2016 at 10:07

    How did I miss you yesterday? Well, I don’t have grandkids but I did send this to a BFF who does.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 17, 2016 at 14:34

      How did you miss me Carol? LOL:) I probably added mine late. Thanks for sending on to your BFF. I spent yesterday with my little guy who is just gorgeous.

  • Reply Leanne November 21, 2016 at 10:39

    I love all of these Sue – even more so now that I have a grandbaby to think about. I’m going to buy a decoration for the tree that is “hers” and I love the idea of sending her a Christmas card when she’s a little bit older – lovely post 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 21, 2016 at 17:36

      Yes this is now even more special for you Leanne – nothing like grandchildren at Christmas!

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski November 23, 2016 at 07:03

    I’m lucky that mine live close. I gave my children an ornament every year and have continued the tradition with the grandkids. I always try to bake something with them too! Great ideas, Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2016 at 10:09

      Yes mine live only 10 minutes away so we can spend this lovely time together. It is so lovely having grandchildren isn’t it Cathy?

  • Reply Beverly November 24, 2016 at 09:12

    Love your post Sue. When my kids were little we made Christmas ornaments and I love to look at them and remember every year that I put up the tree. Some times I give the grand kids one of their parents ornaments from when they were little. The get a kick out of that and it brings back memories to my son or daughter.
    Love traditions.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2016 at 09:40

      Oh that is a lovely idea Bev giving your grandchildren an ornament that was their parents. Very special.

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