One of my favourite things about Christmas is hearing all about other people’s traditions! I absolutely love our Christmas traditions that we’ve had in our family since I was little – opening Christmas presents altogether under the tree, bacon barms for breakfast & now we are all older, a glass of Bucks Fizz to start the day. There are so many new, exciting traditions so I thought I would share Christmas traditions to start as a family! To help give you some ideas..
CHRISTMAS TRADITION IDEAS
- Watch The Polar Express on Christmas Eve & drink hot chocolate
- Take your children shopping to pick a toy to donate during Christmas.
- Write letters to Father Christmas every year & keep a copy of each one to look back on.
- “We open our Christmas presents to each other on Boxing Day. Christmas Day always gets quite hectic and we see other people, so on Boxing Day the door is closed, the pyjamas are on and we have a lovely snuggly day with our boys.” – CUP OF TOAST
- Wrap 25 books for your children to open each night throughout December. Like a book advent calendar.
- Add a new decoration to your tree every year
- “We go & see Santa on Christmas Eve, then we have baths and get our pyjamas on for a family Christmas film with snacks before bed.” – EVEN ANGELS FALL
- Christmas Eve party food tea – think lots of nibbles, picnic type foods (which are my favourites) with Christmas music in the background & pyjamas on!
- Driving around to look at the Christmas lights
- Attending your local towns Christmas light switch on.
- New pyjamas on Christmas Eve
- Christmas Eve box (from the elves *wink*)
- Reverse advent calendar – donate a different item everyday (food, item of clothing) into a box & then take to your local food bank or charity.
- “A North Pole breakfast on the 1st day of advent (or the first weekend in December) – I dress the table up all Christmassy and we have a special breakfast like eggs & pancakes” –ANKLEBITERS ADVENTURES
- Leave a snack out for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve night – we have done this since I was a little girl; leaving a mince pie, a glass of milk (or something with a little more..kick) and a carrot for Rudolph.
- Flour or baking powder footprints – leading from the chimney or your front door.. depending how Father Christmas has access..
- Make your own Christmas cards
- Make your own gingerbread house. You can buy really easy kits from supermarkets that just slot together and you can decorate.
- “We are starting a new tradition this year with friends. Instead of buying each other presents we are taking the kids to Thomas land for the day. Neither of us need more toys for the kids so each year we will pick a place to go all together” – MAMA MIGHALLS
- Book tickets for your local Christmas pantomime
- “Each year we go to a local live nativity. It starts off in a church and ends in a barns with a live nativity scene complete with real baby Jesus, via walking to the local inn where we have to ask the inn keeper if there is any room, finding the shepherd’s at the farm and the kings looking up at the star on top of the Christmas tree. The barn is decorated and there are mince pies, mulled wine and hot chocolates. It really does get us in the festive spirit and also reminds us that Christmas isn’t all about presents!” – DIRT, DIGGERS AND DINOSAURS
- Have a dedicated Christmas movie night – pick a film, eat lots of festive treats & cuddle up.
- Visit Father Christmas
- Track Father Christmas on Christmas Eve using the NORAD app!
- “New book for the kids on Christmas Eve to be read that night” – MARRIED MEEPLES
- Attend your local church’s carol service – me & my Mum have done this for a few years now and it really gets you in the Christmas spirit.
I hope this list of Christmas traditions helped give you some ideas! I’d love to know what your family traditions are?