Christmas Traditions You Must Start with Your Family

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When I was a child, my parents always had the same traditions. My mom collected Christmas ornaments, put up decorations, opened up a present the night before, and set out cookies and milk for Santa.

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We would catch our favorite family movie: Christmas Vacation and get cozy on the couch.

On the morning of we would listen to Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas CD and my mom’s favorite: Kenny G or A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Christmas Hot Cocoa

Now as a mom myself to two beautiful boys, we have come up with our own Christmas Tradition. Our oldest son loves to go to Lowe’s, down the street, to see all of the amazing Christmas decorations.

Every year we buy those adorable Christmas family ornaments, and hang it up with all of the others.

Our son JJ loves putting together Gingerbread Houses!

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Our favorite Christmas movies are The Nightmare Before Christmas, Christmas Vacation, Christmas Chronicles (Netflix), Die Hard, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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I know what you’re thinking, Die Hard isn’t a Christmas movie. But we beg to differ, John McClane took down some bad boys during a Christmas party.

Christmas and Action? You’re welcome.

We’ve also started doing Elf on the Shelf, we began two years ago. We anticipate Sneaky will be making his appearance right after Thanksgiving.

Christmas Eve Box

Our family loves to put together a Christmas Eve Box for our kiddos! They usually consist of:

  • Hot cocoa
  • Christmas movie
  • Christmas pajamas
  • One small toy
  • Fuzzy socks

Kristen’s, from Gen-y Mama, also makes Christmas Boxes for their children and make pancakes for breakfast Christmas Day!

Christmas Tree

Christmas Picnic in Front of Tree

Another fun way to celebrate Christmas is to have a family picnic in front of your Christmas tree!

My husband is a pastor so Christmas Eve is a work day for him. To still make the day special for our boys we have a picnic on our living room floor, in front of the Christmas tree, while listening to Christmas music before daddy has to head to the church.


Hot Cocoa / Coffee Morning of Christmas

We do coffee / hot cocoa for early morning and opening stockings and a present or two per person. Then we have a late breakfast which includes: red & green scrambled eggs + sausage and bacon + grapefruit + dinner rolls baked into the shape of a Christmas tree, covered in green frosting with a cherry on top of each roll.


Cut Down the Perfect Christmas Tree

Every year, we cut down the perfect Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, we watch “Christmas Vacation” with my family at my parents’ house, and we make special Christmas cookies and toffee for friends and family.


Make Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

We make homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve and take our kids to drop them off at our local fire station and police headquarters!

Christmas Breakfast

Wrap 25 Books Old or New

I think this next tradition is just amazing! You can use old or new books and have your children open a book everyday until Christmas.

We love to wrap 25 books (doesn’t have to be new ones) and let the little guy pick and unwrap one each day leading up to Christmas (we save the night before Christmas for Christmas eve of course lol) and read together before bed.


DIY Ornaments with Family

Every year I break out the cookie cutters, paint, false hopes, baking supplies, sealant spray paint, and rolling pin to start the undertaking of making salt dough ornaments with small children.


Open One Gift on Christmas Eve

We like to open one small present the night before Christmas to pacify the children until the next morning when Santa comes.

Since having our girls our family traditions have changed dramatically. Every Christmas Eve we let them open one present we set aside. Usually pjs or some slippers for the night. Then we all cuddle up on the couch and read The Night Before Christmas.

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Christmas Family Bake Day

Another way to celebrate the holidays is to get together and bake a bunch of goodies!

Trina, from Redneck Rhapsody, gets together with her family and they all make double batches of their favorite holiday recipes!

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My Final Thoughts on Christmas Traditions

Christmas is my second favorite time of the year! I love getting together with family, baking delicious treats, putting together a gingerbread house, cuddling on the couch with a good Christmas movie…

But it is more then that. You are making beautiful memories with your children as they grow up! I hope that our kiddos will take what they learned from us and incorporate it into their family’s traditions.


Christmas Traditions You Must Do with Your Family

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