Christmas is a magical time for children and adults alike. The traditions that you start with your kids on Christmas Eve will trickle down to their children and their children’s children. There are So many fun family things to do that focus on sharing, giving, and keeping the true meaning of Christmas alive. This season we’re sharing traditions many families have passed down some traditions that have lasted from generation to generation on Christmas Eve. We hope you’ll try them all and maybe create a few of your own!
Send Out Christmas Cards
You’re probably thinking, “Who sends out Christmas cards on Christmas Eve?” but with the internet connecting us all, this is a fun and easy thing to do with your kids! Round them up and create Christmas ecards for your closest family and friends as a part of your holiday tradition.
Cookies for Santa
Some of the most heartwarming memories for kids are of baking cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. Whether it’s Chocolate Christmas Snowflake biscuits or gooey chocolate chip cookies, Santa is going to love them, and your kids will love making them together. It’s as much about the wonder of the cookies and milk being gone come Christmas morning as it is about baking the cookies, making this a Christmas tradition for the ages, and one that has been passed down in families for generations.
Take a Ride/Walk to Look at Christmas Lights
If you live in a neighborhood that goes all out for Christmas, bundle the kids up in their jackets and mittens and head out to walk around the neighborhood to look at the Christmas lights and decorations every Christmas Eve. If your neighborhood doesn’t decorate a whole lot, why not pile into the car and ride around town looking at the lights instead? Make sure to stop for some hot coco on the way home!
Watch a Christmas Movie
There are so many wonderful choices when it comes to picking a Christmas Eve movie to watch! From Home Alone to Charlie Brown’s Christmas, to everyone’s modern favorite, The Santa Clause, there are plenty of options to make one your Christmas Eve tradition. Curl up on the couch together, pop a bowl of popcorn, pour some eggnog and watch the magical Christmas movies of the season together.
Teach them to Give
In the end, Christmas is all about giving and goodwill. Don’t forget to teach your kids the reason for the season, and teach them that giving is more important than getting at this time of the year. Making a habit of giving to those who are less fortunate on Christmas Eve will not only teach them a valuable life lesson, but help them to feel good about themselves and about giving to others as well.
Open One Gift
One of the best family traditions most kids can remember long into adulthood is opening that one gift on Christmas Eve. Right after bath time and before watching Christmas movies, each person in the family gets to choose one gift from under the Christmas tree to open. It’s fun to watch the kids choose carefully which present to open, and to see the excitement on their faces when they see what they’ve gotten. Don’t forget to give those Christmas pajamas so you can take great pictures of the kids on Christmas morning!
Obviously these are just a few of the Christmas Eve traditions that have been handed down from family to family over the years. Do you celebrate any of these traditions? Do you have more of your own to add? Tell us what they are!