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It’s true, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, I’m one of those people who starts playing Christmas music the second Halloween is over! Now that we have two children we’ve started thinking more about family Christmas traditions. I didn’t realize how many traditions we had growing up until I got married and learned about the different ways my husband celebrated Christmas.
It’s been so much fun creating our own family traditions together. Do you have a special book or activities you do with your family around the holidays? I hope this list of 10 fun family Christmas traditions inspires you and brings some cheer to your holiday season.
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- One of my favorite things to do around the holidays is sing Christmas carols. We were married in December and at the end of our reception we gave everyone candles to hold. The guests sent us off singing to the tune of Joy to the World. It was amazing and I love the idea of lighting candles each year and singing carols with our family.
- Need to stay warm and get in the Christmas spirit? Create a hot chocolate bar on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Warm up your house and your tummies with a delicious hot chocolate recipe. Add fun toppings like marshmallows, whipped cream and chocolate drizzle!
- My roommate in grad school told me her family gifted each other Christmas pajamas every Christmas Eve. I immediately fell in love with the idea and as soon as we got married we made this a new Gaines family tradition. Now that we have kids it’s even more fun! I haven’t decided if we are going to gift the pajamas December 1st or wait until Christmas Eve. Either way, it’s such a fun and sweet way to get into the spirit of Christmas. The last few years we’ve worn Hanna Andersson’s family pajamas. In my opinion, they have the best patterns and their organic cotton is so cozy! Look how much our family has grown since 2014.
- My family is obsessed with the movie Elf. Throughout the year my sister and dad often quote lines from it. Watching a Christmas movie together is another great way to bond as a family and bring Christmas cheer to your home. Bonus points if you wear your family holiday pajamas as you watch. 😉
- Every Christmas Eve we read the nativity story found in Luke chapter 2. Sure candy canes, gingerbread houses and Christmas trees are amazing, but we also want our children to understand why we celebrate this holiday, the birth of our Savior!
- When we dated my husband took me on a date to look at Christmas lights. He said he often did this with his family growing up. Last year our daughter always wanted to find “MORE LIGHTS” when we were driving in the car. I can’t wait to hear her reaction this year as she sees the Christmas lights come out. Another great idea is to sing carols in the car while you drive around looking at lights.
- We love reading books with our kids and I couldn’t wait to give them the Little Blue Truck’s Christmas book. Reading Christmas books together is a simple yet fun family Christmas tradition. We purchased a few new books this year to read together, but it doesn’t have to be a new book. It can be an old family favorite or even a holiday book you find at the library.
- My sister surprised us at our wedding and asked guests to bring a Christmas tree ornament. It was such a personal and special gift idea! Each year when we hang the ornaments on our tree we are reminded of all our family and friends. We’ve also taken up crafting tree ornaments with our kids. On both of their first Christmas’ we made salt dough ornaments with their handprints. Our daughter also loved making these Sesame Inspired Christmas Balls and she already asked to do it again this year!
- Growing up my parents taught us to give to others in need. At my dad’s work they had a Christmas tree with tags and on the tag it listed gift ideas for a child in need. I remember doing this every year and going to the toy store to pick out the perfect gift for another boy or girl. I definitely want to do this with our children as we believe it’s so important to teach kindness and generosity to our kids.
- Last, but certainly not least we make gingerbread houses! Growing up we always did this on Thanksgiving Day and kept them as decorations until Christmas. We loved picking out the candy and make unique designs on our houses. Our daughter is 3 and I think soon we can start this tradition with her!
How do you celebrate Christmas? What are you favorite family Christmas traditions? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below!
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