One thing I love about the holiday season is all of the excitement that builds over the month of December. Growing up we had several Christmas traditions and now that I am the mom I get to create our own family holiday traditions.
Ten Christmas Traditions
1. Christmas Reading. I am a HUGE proponent of providing books for children. Since KC’s first Christmas I have requested and give books as Christmas (and birthday) presents. Books make great stocking stuffers and create a way for you to spend time together.
2. Christmas Pajamas. In our family everyone gets a new pair of pajamas to open on Christmas Eve. Since my boys are still little I am having lots of fun with matching pj’s. I try to color coordinate our new pj’s with the kids.
3. Chopping Down Your Own Tree. For me the smell of a real pine tree at Christmas gives me that warm fuzzy feeling for the season. It also brings me right back to my own childhood of going into the forest next to my home, cutting down our own tree and bringing it home. Mom would then make everyone hot cocoa and we would trim our tree. One important thing to note is that you should make sure that a new tree will be planted in place of a tree you are cutting down.
4. A New Christmas Tree Ornament. This is my favorite childhood tradition. Each year after putting the lights on our tree my mom would present us with a little ornament wrapped in pretty paper. It was our first Christmas present. By the time we graduated school and had our first Christmas tree in our own home we had a great ornament collection of our own. This is a tradition I have continued on with my children. Finding an ornament that matches the season of their life or an interest they currently have is a great way for them to be reminded of those special times.
5. Elf On The Shelf. Over the past few years this little elf has gotten into the hearts of many families. Every night he finds a new place to hid and on occasion he may even get himself into a little trouble.
6. Toy’s For Tots. The Marines collect donated toys for children every year, it’s a wonderful charity that helps bring Christmas to low income families. This year we are starting a new tradition with our sons. Now that KC is four we are teaching him to be grateful and charitable. One simple way we can do that is to have him pick out then donate a toy to Toys for Tots. This is something we plan to do every year, and once AJ is old enough he will be able to pick out his own toy to donate.
7. Christmas Story Marathon. This is a tradition my husband has had for many years. Every Christmas day the TNT channel runs the Christmas Story movie non-stop for 24 hours! I know that at some point, and at least once, I will find him in front of the TV watching Alfie unwrapping that famous BB gun. If the Christmas Story movie isn’t your thing, there are lots of other holiday movies to choose from.
8. Christmas Caroling. Why not take an old tradition and make it new again? If you belong to a church or you could even gather your friends and create a caroling group and spread a little cheer throughout the neighborhood. Better yet, spend a little time at a local nursing home and brighten the day of the residents who live there.
9. Cookies For Santa. Last year my two boys and my nephew who was visiting from Colorado made cookies for Santa. We even had their Great-Grandma get in on the action! In our home Santa has his very own special plate to put his cookies on. The amazement on KC’s face when he saw Santa had eaten the cookies and even left him a note! It was so much fun for us as parents. This is such a fun tradition and so easy to incorporate into your holiday fun. Just don’t forget the reindeer!
10. Read The Christmas Story. I have saved the most important tradition for last. Every Christmas morning we read the Christmas story before opening gifts. as a Christian family this I the most important tradition for us. While the holiday season is full of fun and magic it is important to remember why we celebrate Christmas at all.
Now that I’ve shared some of our favorite Christmas traditions with you, why not share some with us?
What traditions do you have that make Christmas special?
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