Christmas traditions for the family. Christmas is the most magical time of year. All the lights and songs and Christmas wonder. I personally love this time of year and I want my boys to love Christmas time as well.
When we think of traditions, usually they are depending on our own family and what they liked to do year after year. Each family creates their own traditions that works best for them.
I remember growing up with certain traditions for Christmas time and I want my boys to grow up with some of the same traditions. And maybe one day they will continue those traditions with their own families.
So here is our list of Christmas Traditions for the family.
Christmas Traditions for the Family.
1. Matching Christmas Pajamas
Matching Christmas family pajamas is a must every year. My boys love pajamas and they love to match each other in their pajamas. We like to wear our matching Christmas pajamas to go to bed on Christmas Eve and then wake up the next morning and be comfy while opening our presents.
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2. Baking Cookies
Baking Christmas cookies has been a family tradition for as long as I can remember. We spend a day at my parent’s house and bake four or five kinds of cookies. My boys get to snack and spend time with my family and we make delicious homebaked cookies.
3. Watching Christmas Movies
My boys are finally at the age where they can sit down for a few minutes and enjoy a movie. We always watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas while decorating the Christmas tree and house. Home Alone is another favorite in our house. Christmas Eve is another time to watch a Christmas movie as a family and eat some popcorn.
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4. Cutting a Christmas Tree
Each year we get a real Christmas tree. We like to take a Saturday morning and go pick out the perfect tree to bring home to decorate. After getting our tree we bring it home and spend the rest of the day decorating the tree and the house. This year I also tried the dried orange garland while we were decorating.
5. Christmas Eve Service
We like to spend Christmas Eve with my in-laws, we usually attend Christmas Eve service. This year is going to be different because of covid. So, we will just be spending time together in our matching pj’s and watching movies.
6. Christmas Lights
The boys love looking at Christmas lights. We have taken a few nights just to drive around to see houses’ outside decorations. Whether they have lights or those big blow ups they get so excited. Any house they see with lights they start shouting “Christmas Lights” over and over again.
7. Celebrate Baby Jesus
On Christmas Eve night we like to read a book before bed about the birth of Baby Jesus. We want the boys growing up knowing the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas morning we say Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus before we open presents. (I know not every religion believes this so this tradition may not be for everyone).
8. Leave out Christmas cookies for Santa
Since we spent so much time and energy baking those cookies it is only appropriate to leave cookies out for Santa. Just to make sure he is not hungry while delivering all those gifts. Don’t forget the milk!
9. Send Christmas Cards
I enjoy sending out Christmas cards to our friends and family. Just to spread some Christmas cheer even if we won’t be seeing everyone for the Holiday.
10. Play in the snow
This tradition might be hit or miss. Depending on the weather and if we have snow for Christmas. My boys love playing in the snow and of course spending time outdoors. Sledding was a big hit this snow storm.
No matter what you do for Christmas, make your own traditions for your family. I know the Elf on the Shelf is a tradition for many families. We have not yet introduce an Elf in our household and not sure if we will.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and spend time with your family.
Hopefully you found some traditions that you can add to your Christmas season. Christmas traditions for the family.
Leave a comment below of a family tradition that you do each year.
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You have some great traditions here. We do a lot of them, only just matching pajamas for the kids when they are in the mood. My husband says no way. We also love Christmas lights!
Love driving around looking for Christmas lights. And my husband loves wearing them. I actually bought us adult onsie ones this year lol.
Discovering the Christmas traditions of others fills my heart with love and emotion because in this way I can create new ones!
It is a great way to find ones that work for you and your family.
These are great traditions! We do some of them as well. I want to find more traditions for my husband and I to start, because we don’t have too many! One tradition we have (usually, not this year!) is to have family over on Christmas Eve and exchange stockings and make spring rolls. It’s a lot of fun! Merry Christmas!
Ohh, that sounds like a delicious tradition. Merry Christmas to you too!
Loads of great Christmas tradition ideas. We love to play in the snow although we tend to get it after if we get any at all.
Yea I am hoping we get more afterward also!
We don’t have any Christmas traditions as of yet. One of the major reasons is that all of our family is spread out. This year especially would have been tough to upload a tradition, but where there is a will there is a way after all. Thank you for sharing your traditions. They have given me some ideas that we may have to start incorporating.
I hope you find some that work for you! This year has definitely been tough but I hope you have a Merry Christmas.
For the past years that I became a mom, I tried to keep and maintain happy family traditions, even the matching outfits. But since we are practicing austerity measures because of the pandemic, we will be fine with whatever we have right now. I guess it’s time to start a new tradition.
So very true that this year has looked different than normal. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family.