ANNA SPARGO-RYAN When you're planning your Christmas shenanigans this year please, for the love of the light in your child's eyes, take this list with you.
The key to a successful Christmas is preparation and if you are looking for some inspiration in the gift department to help you get organised Essential Kids has put together a number of photo galleries full of ideas for every age and every budget.
LINDY ALEXANDER This Christmas, some parents are giving the guy in the red suit the flick.
Download and print this festive Christmas card for kids to enjoy cutting and writing a special message inside.
KRISTY KOMADINA Whether it's an informal drinks party with friends in December, or a proper lunch with the whole family on Christmas day, it pays to have a plan now to ensure smooth sailing on the day.
AMY GRAY With Christmas around the corner, there are a host of present types we all dread for our girls but there is one gift that gives more than the others.
JUSTINE DAVIES From the moment the stores hoist the mistletoe in September right up until bedtime on Christmas Eve, the question of: "What am I getting for Christmas?" fills the minds of kids around the country. Well, the minds of my kids, at any rate.
David Sharaz Furby's, minature ride on cars, a frankenstien monster and a flying helicopter have made the list of what kids want for Christmas.
ANNA SPARGO-RYAN Apple's long-awaited announcement of the iPad Mini is here but is this year's Christmas 'must have' really a good choice for our Gen Zs?
Staff Writers We all love a good book and Christmas time is the perfect time to dust off an old classic or break in a new one with the kids.
Celebrate Christmas with the kids by printing this downloadable nativity scene puzzle.
Download and print this Jolly Santa Christmas card for the kids to colour and decorate.
Cut out and dress-up this Christmas elf paper doll for some festive fun.
Kylie Orr The Christmas tree is a tradition that holds a special place in every inner child's heart, writes Kylie Orr.
With your present list already a mile long it can be hard to find the time to think of a thoughtful gift for your child’s teacher. But it doesn’t have to be - not with our extensive list of ideas. From the homemade to the extravagant, Essential Kids members have recommended some fantastically festive ideas and we have thrown in a few of our own.
Debbie Elkind Holiday food can be a minefield when your children are allergy sufferers. Here are some helpful hints and tips for getting through the festive season safely.
Enlist the kids' help this Christmas with this fun printable Christmas card.
Brooke Tasovac Decorating the house with lights is a great way for families to get into the Christmas spirit but there is a lot of time and effort needed for parents to initially set up Christmas light displays. Here is how you can make it a success and make the most of your time.
Jennifer Hadfields This versatile burlap wreath can be a colourful addition to your Christmas decor and can even be tweaked for New Year celebrations. Get the kids involved in this colourful Christmas project!
A Christmas gift from your own kitchen, beautifully wrapped and presented with good wishes from the heart, will make everyone sit up and take notice.
Help the kids get creative this Christmas with our Angel colouring page.
Can your kids guess the missing words from this famous Christmas poem? A challenge full of Christmas cheer!
Younger kids can use their counting skills and have fun at the same time with this Christmas Gingerbread House counting challenge.
A Christmas Village puzzle that will keep the kids entertained while you get ready for Christmas day!
Download this Santa Christmas greeting card and get the kids to draw an inspired picture or message on the front.
Meet Santa's trusty dog Snowy, he is getting ready to help Santa deliver his presents. This fun printable worksheet features a cut-out Santa dog complete with a Christmas wardrobe and accessories to play dress-up with.
KATIE CARLIN Download and print this free Christmas story cut and paste.
A Christmas nativity scene for your little one to colour!
Have some festive fun with this Christmas script - based on the book by Dr. Suess, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Why not get the kids to make their own Christmas cards for the family this year? Simply print, colour and fold these cards for a thoughtful bonus the whole family will love.
A fun and festive Christmas memory game to play with your child.
Simply download and print this festive Christmas greeting challenge and give the kids a taste of another language.
Entertain the kids this Christmas season with our Santa Claus colouring page.
Celebrate Christmas by printing off this cute colouring page featuring Santa's Elves.
If you've got a coal burning or gas hooded barbecue, this is the recipe for your Christmas turkey.
Several ways to tackle the daunting process of decking out the house in lights.
Discuss all your Christmas concerns and excitement with our members on the Forums.
Keep the kids busy these Christmas holidays with our fun printable worksheets.