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Family Christmas

The Santa List as read by Kieran Crowley

Reading with our children is a great way of bonding with them over the holidays and this Christmas, it’s even…

Christmas stories to read with your children

Winter is here, and as the nights grow longer and colder what could be nicer than cuddling up with our children and reading a good book…

Family activity ideas to make the most of the Twixmas period 

For children the appeal of Christmas often focuses squarely on the 25th but for many of us parents the true joy of the…

Connecting with your family through food during the festive season

Few things evoke the festive season as much as food – whether that’s traditional turkey on Christmas day, the famous “Chestnuts roasting…

Virtual family Christmas activities to bring all ages together

As many of us are preparing for the Christmas holidays and time off from work it still feels like we live in uncertain times…

Jade’s story: Christmas stress, and how we manage it as a family

Our #MakeTheirsMagic Christmas calendar was designed to help families prioritise spending special moments together, regardless of their budget, the demands on their time or any family tensions they may…

Save money and get crafty this Christmas  

There’s something truly special about the act of giving and sharing at this time of the year, something we’ve highlighted…

Two years on from welcoming HRH Duchess of Cambridge as our Patron

When Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge became our patron two years ago, few of us could have predicted the challenging times ahead.   It almost…

Coping with grief at Christmas

We want all families to enjoy the festive season and create magical memories they treasure, but we can’t ignore that…

Katie’s story: How the Toy Appeal helped me

Generous individuals who donate to our Toy Appeal make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of children and…

Creating new Christmas traditions as a care leaver

For most of us the Christmas season is safe, reliable and built on the kind of traditions we celebrate in…

Why giving back this Christmas is a tradition worth starting

Our new  Make Theirs Magic Christmas calendar contains 31 ideas to kick-start new traditions this Christmas, as well as rekindle or revitalise existing ones. As we covered in an…

Managing money this Christmas

We know that the pressure to have a “perfect” Christmas can cause many difficulties for families. Money worries are one…

How to manage expectations of children at Christmas

No family is an island and children are exposed to a range of views about what Christmas should mean to…
Three sisters playing a board game at a table during Christmas

Why Family Action is focusing on Christmas traditions for families this year

It’s ironic, but this Christmas we’re doing something different by focusing on things that stay the same. We are exploring the comfort Christmas can…
Teenage girl looking at her phone and smiling. There are Christmas lights dimly

How to connect with teenagers this Christmas

When talking to families about their thoughts and feelings about the upcoming festive season, we spoke to a number of parents who were concerned about engaging their teenage children in…

Delivering a nativity to remember with our Peterborough Pre-Schools despite a difficult year

Children from Family Action’s seven pre-schools have taken part in a nativity show for the past six years. However, this year the traditional performance would be impossible. Here our…

Getting ready for Christmas with our Southend Children’s Centre podcast

In this episode we catch up with our South End Children’s Centre, Mum and Baby group, to find out what…

Lucy’s story: how the Toy Appeal makes our Christmas magic

Family Action’s Toy Appeal brings joy into the lives of thousands of children across the country each Christmas. Yet, despite the huge number…

Thrifty tips for using Christmas leftovers and crafting budget-friendly presents

Christmas and delicious food go hand in hand – but often luxurious treats can stretch our budgets as well as…

Volunteering at our FOOD clubs this Christmas 

Food On Our Doorstep (FOOD) clubs provide low cost, healthy and sustainable food for families on a budget who are at risk of food insecurity. The valuable work of our FOOD clubs is only…

Counting the cost – ways to save money during an unusual Christmas

The end of the year is traditionally a time when we sit and reflect on the year that’s been, and…

Dan, The Breaking Dad’s story: making Christmas magic as a single parent

We hear from Dan Betts, creator of the Instagram page @The_Breaking_Dad, as well as thebreakingdad.co.uk, about his experience of Christmas as a single…

Managing family relationships during a COVID-19 Christmas 

Spending time with family at Christmas is magical but it can also put a strain on family relationships, this year…

Gemma’s story: how the Toy Appeal saved my family’s Christmas

Thanks to our Christmas Toy Appeal, children across the country will receive Christmas gifts they might not have had otherwise, as part of our aim to make this season…

Making Christmas magic this year

This is the first in a series of blogs where we will be counting down to Christmas with a mix…

Emily’s story: when you’re having a Christmas baby…

Christmas is a special time for all families but for Emily the excitement is doubled by the prospect her baby…

How to survive Christmas as a single parent

Family Affairs and other matters blogger Lucy Campbell shares her thoughts and advice on surviving Christmas as a single parent.…

Ways to enjoy the outdoors with your family this Christmas 

Family can be a lot to cope with especially during the festive season but a brilliant way to let off…

Amy’s story: volunteering as a mentor with Friendship Works at Christmas

Amy began volunteering with Family Action in the run up to last Christmas with our mentoring service Friendship Works. At…

How to bring Christmas to your kitchen this festive season 

Sweet treats and Christmas go hand in hand. You can make some rewarding recipes with little effort, some willing helpers…

Sam’s Story: How a box of bright balloons was the best Christmas present ever

There’s a lot of pressure on parents to ensure Christmas is magical for their children, and many of us can…

Choosing Christmas trees with HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

Following the announcement that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will become our new Royal Patron, The Duchess joined…

What we have lined up for ‘Families at Christmas’

Our Chief Executive David Holmes CBE introduces our festive blog series and talks about what we have in store for…

Family Christmas Tips

With 10 days to go until Christmas we share with you some top tips each day to try and make…