The Holiday season is my all time favorite time of the year. I love having something big to look forward to, and having little traditions that you do every year can be so fun. This year I really want to emphasize what the season is about and show ways of giving, especially since I have a little boy watching everything I do. I want to ingrain a spirit of giving in him so that he will know Christmas is about giving and the birth of Jesus.
What is your favorite holiday tradition you do with your family?
Leave a comment and let me know!
Here are some great traditions you can start this year!
This is one tradition we have done since our first Christmas together. Every year we open one Christmas present on Christmas Eve. In the present we have Christmas pajamas that we will wear all day Christmas day (even to relatives houses). I like to do this because any picture taken throughout the day will look like the traditional 'Christmas morning' photo and it's just fun to be able to wake up and not worry about changing your clothes.
We will also open a Christmas movie and hot chocolate and a stuffed animal to sleep with.
Anything that you could use Christmas Eve to get you excited for Christmas morning.
Make and decorate Christmas cookies to deliver to friends and family!
If you have a local senior center deliver some cookies there, also.
This is an easy and tasty way to spread the Christmas cheer.
Give to Receive
If you have little ones I think this is a great way to not only teach them to give to others but also free up some toy space for the Christmas gifts Santa is about to bring them! This is my first year doing this. I plan to leave a basket or Santa sack out for Brenton to fill with toys he wants to donate to other kids. You could tell your child that Santa will take the toys back to the north pole to be polished before given to other children or you can go donate them together.
Growing up I didn't even know you could buy Christmas Ornaments. We always made our ornaments. We would use pictures that were taken throughout the year and decorate them with Macaroni, glitter and whatever else we had. I thought everyone had a Christmas tree covered in pictures. My mom's tree still doesn't have any store-bought ornaments on it, she still decorates her tree with all the ornaments we made 25+ years ago. It is so much fun to look at all the pictures each year and reflect on how everything has changed. Give it a try, make ornaments this year and see how much joy it gives you when you hang them on your tree in the years to come.
I love receiving cards! Especially from family, we don't get to see that often.
They are fun and easy to make too! Here are some cute ideas on how to design your Christmas cards.
You can use clippings of paper to make cute shapes, your favorite washi tape, or stickers.
Just be creative don't worry if it's perfect, have fun.
Reading Book of Luke
You and your family can read the book of Luke in the bible. In the book of Luke the story of the birth of Jesus is told. Luke is broken down into 24 chapters- so if you read a chapter a night with your family by Christmas Eve everyone will know the story and why Christmas is celebrated. If you have a bunch of little ones it might be fun to reenact the story on Christmas Eve.
See how to make this super cute advent calendar from Tastemade.com here- they use a cereal box but you could use toilet paper rolls
I remember doing this one year when I was little and I would get so excited to wake up and see that we were one day closer to Christmas! I plan on making my own Advent calendar for Brenton and have a different activity or craft for every day leading up to Christmas.
Write Santa A Letter
Writing a letter to the jolly old man is always fun! You can put the letter in an envelope and address it to Santa at the north pole then put it in the mailbox, later go out and switch it out with a letter addressed to your child saying how good they have been.
To watch the excitement on your child's face is probably the best thing ever.
Local Christmas Play
Go to a local Christmas play, ride the polar express, go see Santa! All of these will put you in a Christmas mood and might make you feel like you're in a hallmark movie!
Drive around your city looking at all the decorations and Christmas Lights. It's fun to see how some people "go all out" and light their whole house up.
Above all these fun traditions enjoy your time with family.
I truly hope you have a very merry Christmas.
What is your favorite holiday tradition you do with your family or did when you were growing up? Leave a comment and let me know!
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