Christmas is such a magical time of year, all the music, the lights, the gift of giving. Since I became a mother seven years ago I have done everything that I can to make the Christmas season as enchanting as possible. I wanted to share with you some of the traditions that we have in our family over the Christmas season in hopes to give you some new ones you may start with your family.
Six Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Family This Year
Attend a Christmas Tree Lighting Event: Who doesn’t love a charming Christmas Tree. Most communities will host an event in hopes to bring the community together to celebrate the start of the Holiday season.
Elf on the Shelf – Adopt a special scout elf, these scout elves are sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. They will report back to Santa nightly on all the going on in your house. I will admit that when I first say the Elf on the Shelf tradition I thought it was a little silly, but after we adopted our scout elf “Jack” I now have a different perspective. Jack has become one of our family over the years and my kids love when he comes to stay with us over the holiday season.
Start an Advent Calendar: Help your child countdown to the big day but getting them an Advent calendar. There are so many different ways that you can countdown the days to Christmas, for my sons we use the Lego City Advent Calendar. You can create your own homemade calendar or buy a chocolate one from the grocery store. No matter what you choose your kids will love it.
Christmas Jammies: Head out and grab those ever so popular Christmas themed jammies. When I was a child we would always receive a new pair of Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve. If you are anything like myself you will love to see your little ones in matching jammies as they open their presents under the tree on Christmas morning.
Cookies & Egg Nog for Santa: This is a simple on, everyone knows that Santa loves his cookies & eggnog! When I was a child we had a plate and cup set similar to this that we each would set a cookie on before bed on Christmas Eve. I look back on this still on this day with great fondness.
Read the Night Before Christmas: Don your Christmas jammies and cuddle up by the fire with your loved ones and read the magical tale of the “The Night Before Christmas”. This is a great way to wind down the excitement of Christmas Eve and get your little ones settled into bed.
I hope that you enjoyed this and have found some ideas to start your own Christmas traditions with your family this year.