‘Mummy, how do I get on the Nice List’ is the million pound question most parents are faced with at this time of year. As soon as Halloween is out of the way, every child’s mind turns to what Santa will be putting under the tree come Christmas morning. They’re not silly are they? They know certain things are required in order for them to be considered for the Nice List – so give them a helping hand by sharing the below tips. You never know, they might just earn themselves a few extra pressies… 😉
B E N I C E
Being nice is an essential part of securing your place on the Nice List. Small gestures to show Santa you’re being good can really make the difference. But hurry up, he’s not going to reward kids who only start being nice on 1st December! Think about things like; bringing an apple in for your teacher, holding the door open for a stranger, going out of your way to make friends with someone you don’t know… these are all simple actions to make others feel better. Also, smile. Even if you don’t feel like it. Especially if you don’t feel like it! Friends, parents and teachers will ALL be in a better mood for seeing your little grin.
“Smile. Even if you don’t feel like it. Especially if you don’t feel like it!”
W R I T E A L E T T E R
Tradition states that every child should write Santa a letter with what they’d like for Christmas. But before you get to that bit, highlight all the ways you’ve been good this year – proving you really deserve the presents you’re asking for… then you should be Nice List material.
B E H E L P F U L
Write a list of things to take the pressure off your parents. From setting the table and emptying the dishwasher, to feeding the cat and proactively doing your homework before your parents have to ask you.
B E T H A N K F U L
Showing appreciation is an important part of being considered for the Nice List. Whether it’s thanking your bestie for offering you some crisps (rather than just subconsciously stuffing them in your mouth) or saying how much you loved the meal your parents cooked for dinner (as opposed to running off to play straight away).
K E E P I N T O U C H
Make an effort to keep in touch with relatives. Christmas is a time for family but it shouldn’t be the only time you see or speak to them. Think about those less able than you. A phone call every so often will put a smile on their face, or even better, a visit! There will definitely be some Quality Street in it for you too…