Christmas is the season to be merry and to be giving! Christmas cheer and Christmas magic are everywhere, especially for children. It is a special time of year when the family home seems extra cozy and families have their own special Christmas traditions for kids. These traditions are something that family members do together and that is what makes them so special and memorable. Here are a few of the Christmas Traditions we honor in our home during the holiday season.
When I think back to the things I remember most about the Christmas season from my childhood, they are the same Christmas Traditions that I enjoy doing with my own children today. I hope this list of ideas for Christmas celebrations helps you to find some new traditions. They are sure to help make it the most wonderful time of the year!
Christmas Traditions To Cherish
How can you make this Christmas truly unforgettable? The secret lies in starting a new family tradition – one that will bring joy and warmth to everyone’s hearts. In this article, we will explore the various ways you can infuse the magic of tradition by creating new Christmas customs. From personalized stockings and special breakfasts to giving back, each idea will help you create lasting memories. So, let’s dive in and discover how you can make this Christmas truly magical and unforgettable for your family.,
1. Decorating For Christmas
The traditional Christmas tree is the cornerstone of the festive season and getting into the holiday spirit. Decorating for Christmas was a family enterprise at my house. It was fun craft time with my mother. We were creative and we tried new things every year but what I loved was doing it together and feeling like essential to the process. The first time I remember making decorations was buying styrofoam balls to cover with sequins using pins. That was a lot of work but it was also a lot of fun. I loved it! Another year, we dipped things we collected on a hike, like pinecones and sweetgum tree balls, into shiny paints to make natural ornaments. We also loved making popcorn and cranberry garland. All of these crafts took planning and time and we enjoyed each other’s company in a special way that I will always remember. I often get nostalgic as I unpack my Christmas boxes! My kids, my husband, and I still love making ornaments and decorating the house each year and I am pretty sure we always will. Each year my kids take a turn putting the Christmas hat on top of the tree!
2. Holiday Giving
We like to do some family service projects to help spread the holiday cheer. My kids always do a toy room cleanup and fill a box with toys to bring to Good Will. We also usually participate in a Toys For Tots through my children’s school. A newer tradition that we have adopted through my son’s Boy Scout Troop is where we serve dinner to a group of homeless and give them care packages. We want the kids to learn that Christmas isn’t just about getting, it is also about giving and how much that can fill your own heart too. My son takes extra pride in these activities as he knows they increase the North Pole magic. It is not just about receiving gifts on Christmas day but also about giving during the lead up to the big day.
A special Christmas eve tradition that we did as children was to open one small gift before bedtime. I loved that tradition but we don’t do it now because Santa doesn’t deliver the presents under the tree early like he did when I was young.
3. Writing Letters To Santa
Each year, my kids write letters to Santa. They take time to thank St. Nicholas and to make any special requests for Christmas presents. I know some folks mail them to the North Pole. For us, it is always a big deal as we all wait to see if the letters disappeared up the chimney while we were sleeping.
While I was a brand ambassador for The Elf on the Shelf® a few years ago, I received a Scout Elf Express Delivers Letters to Santa Kit. It is another twist on this fun Christmas tradition for kids. It is a very clever kit that shrinks my children’s letters to Santa into smaller letters that our Elf on The Shelf, Stewart, can carry to Santa easily. You just bake them in the oven with Mrs. Claus’ magic press and they shrink down to a super cute size. Then after Santa read our letters, Stewart hung the now ornament sized letters on the tree. It is a fun way to save their letters as keepsakes for years to come! You can see that pictured above.
4. Baking For Christmas
You can bet we bake cookies for Santa Claus every year and it is one of our favorite Christmas activities! But we also love baking the whole season leading up to Christmas. We make treats like biscotti for gifts, a yule log, or seasonal muffins for special Christmas morning breakfasts. We love making something together and then getting to enjoy the fruit of labor together.
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5. Christmas Shows
We love to see Christmas Shows together whether it is the Nutcracker, a holiday movie, or the children’s orchestra and band performance. Sometimes, we even get to enjoy a school holiday performance and that is always a wonderful treat.
6. Christmas Caroling
Gathering together to sing traditional Christmas songs is always fun. Learning the words to the fun songs bring lots of cheer and delight to both children and adults alike. From religious Christmas songs like O Come All Ye Faithful and Silent Night to kid’s Christmas songs like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, these songs hold a special place in all our hearts.
7. Personalized Stockings: Adding a Special Touch
One of the most delightful ways to bring a personalized touch to Christmas morning is through the tradition of personalized stockings. These stockings not only serve as a festive decoration, but they also add an extra element of magic and thoughtfulness to the day. By incorporating this tradition into your family’s Christmas celebration, you can create a sense of warmth and joy that will be remembered for years to come.
To make your personalized stockings even more meaningful, consider involving your children in the creation process. Whether it’s choosing the fabric, selecting the thread colors, or adding decorative elements, allowing them to contribute to the stockings’ design will create a sense of ownership and pride. It’s a wonderful way to instill the value of creativity and personalization in your children while strengthening family bonds.
Another idea to enhance the personalization of the stockings is to include a handwritten note or poem tucked inside each one. This personalized touch can be a heartfelt message or a playful rhyme, expressing love and appreciation. Imagine the joy your loved ones will feel when they discover these heartfelt messages, adding an extra layer of magic to the already enchanting Christmas morning.
8. Special Breakfasts: Fueling the Day with Love
As the excitement of Christmas morning fills the air, there’s no better way to kick off the festivities than with a special breakfast that fuels not only our bodies but also our hearts. From traditional favorites to creative twists on the classics, a thoughtfully prepared breakfast sets the stage for a truly magical day. Each year, we have an Italian Christmas classic- either Panettone or Pandora. The kids know to expect and it always feels special. Whether it’s a cherished family recipe passed down through generations or a new dish that reflects your family’s unique tastes, the act of preparing a special breakfast becomes a meaningful way to show love and care.
9. Giving Back: Spreading the Christmas Spirit
Christmas is a time of generosity and selflessness, and what better way to honor that spirit than by finding ways to make a positive impact in our communities? Whether it’s volunteering at a local shelter, participating in a toy drive, or simply reaching out to neighbors in need, there are countless opportunities to spread love and joy during this time of year.
By involving the whole family in acts of kindness and service, we not only teach our children the importance of giving but also create lasting memories that will warm our hearts for years to come. Perhaps it’s donating a portion of our Christmas budget to a charitable cause or organizing a neighborhood food drive. Together, we can make a difference, no matter how small or large our contributions may be.
10. Pajama Exchange: Comfort and Togetherness
You may want to try the cozy and joyful tradition of exchanging pajamas, symbolizing the comfort and togetherness you share as a family. It’s a small gesture, yet it holds immense significance in our family, representing the love and unity that surrounds us. On the night before Christmas, gather exchange sleepwear. It is fun to settle in for a cozy evening together and be prepared for the next morning’s photos!
List Of 25 More Family Christmas Traditions
- Singing Christmas Carols
- Hang Christmas Stockings
- A Cookie Exchange
- Secret Santa
- Opening One Gift Each on Christmas Eve
- Spreading Christmas cheer through good deeds
- Take A Family Holiday Photo
- A Family Walk or Hike
- Homemade Christmas Decorations
- Contributing to a Local Food Bank
- An Evening Drive To See Christmas Lights
- Enjoying a Christmas story and/or Christmas Books
- Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- DIY crafts and or DIY gifts
- Advent Calendar
- Make Gingerbread Houses
- Family Prayer Time
- Placing The Tree Topper (our children take turns each year)
- Sending out Christmas cards
- Setting up a Nativity scene for baby Jesus
- Christmas Eve Service or Midnight Mass
- Christmas dinner
- Watch a Charlie Brown Christmas
- Take a photo in matching Christmas pajamas
- Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, this tradition is more in European countries
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Young children love the comfort of repetition that traditions bring. What are the Christmas traditions for kids that you cherish in your household?