What are your Christmas traditions?
Today I want to talk about Christmas traditions. What were your family traditions as you grew up? What traditions are you implementing (or do you plan to implement) with your own family?
Growing up, we always got to open one present on Christmas Eve, and that present was Christmas pajamas. We also received a personalized ornament each year.
I made Christmas cookies with my aunt, and we drove around looking at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve after our family supper.
Now that I have a child, I am so pumped about Christmas! This is my favorite holiday, and I want Cooper to know the commercial aspect of Christmas (Santa) as well as the story of Jesus’s birth.
Here are some things have done/plan to do as our family traditions:
Elf on the Shelf – this will be our first year with our elf. We’ve watched the movie several times, and I plan let him open the elf/read the book on December 1st.
Meredith had a great idea… let your elf make a special breakfast for your children. Please go see her blog post about Cookie’s surprise breakfast for her family! I’m planning on doing this and at the breakfast, Cooper will write his letter to Santa. (I purchased the Letters to Santa kit she referenced in her post.)
Book advent: Last year after Christmas, I scoured Target, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and other stores for discounted holiday books. I now have 25, and they will be wrapped and ready on December 1st (the first book is Elf on the Shelf). He’ll open one book per day, and we’ll read the book to him. The great thing is that the books can be used year after year once you purchase them! If this is out of your budget (which I completely understand – even buying on sale I still spent about $100) you can always use library books!
Make a special evening (with a special meal – chili, maybe?) of putting up the tree and decorating.
Go get Cooper’s picture taken with Santa.
Do several local Christmas events around town (Lights of the South, Lights Before Christmas at the zoo, holiday parties).
Go to see a Christmas musical at church.
Listen to Christmas music.
Drive around and look at Christmas lights.
Watch Christmas movies.
Decorate a gingerbread house
Make a Christmas craft (which will end up being a gift for the grandparents).
Purchase Christmas pajamas for each member of the family – open on Christmas Eve.
Purchase Christmas ornaments for each member of the family.
Display a nativity.
Make treats for Santa.
Make a birthday cake for Jesus.
Read Luke 2 on Christmas Eve. Celebrate Jesus’s birthday!
Make a special Christmas morning breakfast.
What are your traditions? Please share!