I have written before about the importance of creating rituals and traditions for our families, for the immediate benefits as well as long term security of family and providing stability of experience, not to mention the wonderful memories they help create.
And Christmas is certainly a time that provides for many family traditions, rituals and experiences that kids look forward to each year and provide that comfort, that excitement and those memories. Be it a regular trip to visit Santa, Carols by candlelight, mince pie and shortbread making or even as is the case with myself, Suzie and Vanessa from Style and Shenanigans….. a yearly pre Christmas trip to Ikea to stock up on some Christmas goodies and decorations.
A christmas tradition favourite for my family has now become our yearly visit to Santa’s Magical Kingdom. I think I am coming up to my 4th year now and the kids just assume it will happen again and have already been talking about it. This years venue has changed to Caulfield race track and it promises to be even bigger and better than previous years. The favourite for the bigger kids is the giant slide, the circus and some fast spinning ride that makes me feel a bit nauseous just watching, whilst the little ones love seeing the dressed up characters roaming around, the train rides and carousels, the circus, the falling snowflakes and giant Christmas trees. For me, it is about bringing a little bit of the magic of Christmas back. Hearing the Christmas songs, seeing the lights and decorations and best of all, the wonder on the the faces of the children.
Our lives are so busy leading up to Christmas, with long lists of present buying and Christmas day preparation, it is lovely to have a little time to just enjoy the spirit of Christmas with this now much looked forward to and anticipated family tradition.
And for some lucky Melbourne readers, I have a family pass for 4 people valued at $130. All you have to do is leave me a comment below telling me about your favourite Christmas tradition. Competition closes 5pm AEST Tuesday 4th November 2014
This is not a sponsored post, however I was gifted the tickets for my family and for the giveaway. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketek or you can check out their Facebook page