Begin your own Christmas traditions!
As our little ones grow, it’s a great year to begin some Christmas traditions that will last for years. Here are some ideas to get you started, add your own in comments!
1. Opening up a gift of a new pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve, to be worn that evening and for the opening of gifts on Christmas morning
2. After opening the pajamas, having a family time for reading a favorite Christmas story, watching a Christmas movie, or just remembering the events of the past year (for those with older children).
3. Having a special breakfast on Christmas morning, whether it be cinnamon rolls or something more complicated like homemade gingerbread waffles (yummy!). We always have cinnamon swirl bread with hot cocoa or spiced cider.
4. We have stockings on Christmas morning, even though we don’t celebrate Santa Claus – it’s a tradition that my husband had growing up, so we are passing it along to Lil’ Duck.
5. Having a special ornament each year for each child, whether they make it, choose it, or are given the ornament to open (some open it on Christmas Eve and hang it on the tree for Christmas morning). This not only creates special memories each year as you hang the previous ornaments on the tree, but also makes a stash of ornaments for them to take with them when they have their own tree someday.
6. Decorating the tree as a family while playing Christmas music – we always do this the day after Thanksgiving, but you can pick any day you like (some even do this on Christmas Eve).
7. Some people even sleep under the tree on Christmas Eve with their children – kind of a camp-out if you will.
8. Church on Christmas Eve – a big tradition for many people.
9. Take a tree branch, tie it to the stairway railing and hang a little present for each day in December, making it into a little advent calendar. You can hunt all year long for little things to wrap for the kids.
10. Advent calendars – the traditional ones with the tabs are still a great tradition!
11. Taking an evening to go drive around and look at lights. We used to sing Christmas carols in the car while we drove around too!
12. If you do celebrate Santa, bake cookies and place them under the tree with milk (you can also put out veggies for the reindeer).
13. Finally, making a countdown chain with strips of construction paper – we did this for each day of December with various colors of paper. It’s something that the little ones can help with taping and tearing one off each day & is also a visual reference to answer the endless question, “How much longer until Christmas?!”