10 Christmas Traditions to start this Christmas
Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. There’s just something so magical about it! I love the decorations and lights everywhere. I love the cold weather and the snow. I love yummy cookies and hanging up ornaments on the tree. I love the hustle and bustle of shopping for gifts and I love giving to others and watching their faces light up with joy when they open them. Most importantly, I love that my Christ and Savior was born on this day.
Another thing that I LOVE about Christmas is all the warm and fuzzy Christmas traditions! Ever since I was a little girl I can remember things that my family would do every Christmas; some that I still do today. I think traditions are something that follow us into our adulthood and hopefully pass onto our children. They make life just a little bit sweeter.
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One of my favorite traditions as a kid was to read a special Christmas book. Now when I was a young girl my Mom and I would read the Precious Moments Christmas story. It tells the story of Jesus and how he was born and it’s perfect for a child to understand since it’s a kids book. Now a days I will read the story of Jesus from the Bible with my kids and we also read How the Grinch stole Christmas because who doesn’t like Dr. Seuss?! Whatever book you decide on, it’s a great way to cuddle up with you babies and wait for Santa!
Another Christmas tradition that we have is to bake cookies for Santa! Now I did this one when I was a kid too, but my Mom would just put out some milk and store cookies for Santa. I think it’s more fun to actually bake them yourself. (But no judgement if you want to just use some store-bought ones too! They taste great too!) It’s great when the kids can help you roll out the dough and decorate the cookies with frosting and sprinkles. Write a little note to Santa and pour a glass of milk and bam you’re done!
Four words: Elf on the Shelf. Man oh man do I wish this had been around when I was a kid. I can’t tell you how many times I daydreamed about what Santa’s workshop looked like and what all the elves and reindeer were doing in the North Pole! Whoever created this is a genius! If you don’t know what it is, Elf on the Shelf is a little Elf doll that you buy that comes with a book explaining how the elf(who you get to name) has come to basically watch over you and report your behavior to the big guy himself. Each night the elf moves(via Mom and Dad) and each morning your kid is astonished at the fact that they are in a different place! This is so much fun to stage and it really keeps the spirit of Santa alive. Definitely a tradition to have with small children.
Watching a Christmas movie is and will always be one of my favorite things to do at Christmas. Whether it’s A Charlie Brown Christmas , Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street or Rudolph the Red Nosed reindeer, I’m totally in! Pass me the popcorn, hot chocolate and the remote. I especially like watching the older movies that I know my kids haven’t heard of because I get to show them something that I watched when I was their age.
Opening one present on Christmas Eve is something we started a couple of years ago. My son Christian begged to be allowed to open one thing from us(we would put presents from US out and Santa’s of course came later). So we decided that on Christmas Eve one present (that we get to pick) can be opened. It’s something that the kids look forward to and I love seeing their faces light up!
This tradition is one I am going to start this year. Buying Christmas pjs! I’ve seen countless pins about Christmas pjs being given on Christmas Eve and being worn especially for Christmas. I love the matching pjs for siblings idea too. Plus I think it is exciting to have another present to open on Christmas Eve.
Make or buy a family ornament. This is another tradition I want to start. I love doing crafts so I would love to make a family ornament myself but there are also places that will customize them for you too. I think it’s so cool to be able to look back on that year and see your ornament hanging on the tree.
Decorating the tree. In our house we crank those Christmas carols, make some hot chocolate and decorate the tree. My kids love helping decorate the tree. We dance and eat and sing the whole time. Christian always loved putting the tree topper on the tree. This year Christian and his buddy helped.
Making a ginger bread house is one tradition that we have been doing for years. I personally recommend getting the kits where the gingerbread pieces are already cut and there are pieces of candy and frosting already together. One year we tried to do it with actual graham crackers and tried to make the frosting that sticks everything together….DISASTER! It would not stick and the whole thing kept falling apart. We had a good time eating the candy though! We even make these at Halloween too! My kids love putting all the pieces together and of course they love getting to eat all the leftover candy pieces!
Going to church. This is by far the most important tradition for Christmas that I have. It’s important to remember why we actually celebrate Christmas to begin with. Santa is great, but the real reason is the celebration of the birth of our Savior Jesus. Going to his temple and praising him and listening to his word is the most wonderful tradition I’ve ever had. It’s so important to teach your children the importance of praise and worship at an early age. When they get older, they won’t forget it!
What about yall? What Christmas traditions does your family have?