Christmas Traditions To Start With Your Family

Like the song says, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and it’s definitely true for me. I love everything about it, including all the planning and organising that leads up to the big day.
It’s made even more special when you have your own family Christmas traditions. We seem to add a new one each year!

Christmas Traditions

Christmas tree decorations - Christmas traditions

Special Tree Decoration

Buy a special tree decoration for your baby’s first Christmas. Wrap it and add it to the stocking so they can open it on Christmas day and add it to the tree.
Do this every year and when they have their own home, you can package them all up and give them to your child so they can put them on their first Christmas tree in their new home.

Christmas Mug For Hot Chocolate

A few years ago I started buying Aiden, KayCee and Ella a Christmas mug for their Christmas Eve hot chocolate. We now have a great collection of mugs and I’m going to package them up the same as the tree decorations and give them to the children when they have their own home.

Santa's hand picking up a cookie from plate that's next to a mug of hot chocolate with a candy cane sticking out of the top

Decorating For Christmas

We always decorate for Christmas on the first Saturday of December. We put Christmas music on and I put the lights on the tree then Aiden, KayCee and Ella hang all their own tree decorations.
While we’re decorating, Ant makes us all a snowball, well, he makes a very weak one for Ella and none for KayCee because she doesn’t like it!
I always buy chocolate tree decorations, not all of which make it on to the tree 🙂

Different Ways To Countdown Advent

The usual chocolate advent calendar is all well and good but it’s not the only way we count down to the special day.

Christmas storybook advent – I bought 24 Christmas storybooks from the charity shop and wrapped them in Christmas paper. KayCee and Ella take turns to open a story each day and we read it at bedtime.

Activity Advent – Pick 24 different activities and write them on little paper scrolls. Roll them up and tie with Christmas ribbon. Pop them in an empty advent calendar – we have one similar to this felt Santa calendar

Random Acts Of Kindness Calendar – This calendar from Coffee Cups & Crayons has ideas for doing a random act of kindness every day of advent.

Make A Gingerbread House

KayCee and Ella love making gingerbread houses; one year we made them as gifts for family and everyone thought they were great.
We used this recipe from Tesco and it’s now our go-to gingerbread house recipe.

gingerbread houses

Christmas Movie Night

Popcorn, hot chocolate and treats from the Christmas trolley are a must on our family Christmas movie night. We usually watch Elf while snuggling under our Christmas blankets.
We all love movie night and sometimes have more than one!

Christmas Eve Box

Our Christmas Eve boxes usually contain a new pair of PJs, the new hot chocolate mug, some special hot chocolate and a pair of Christmas slippers.
We open our Christmas Eve boxes at night but if you wanted to open yours in the morning, you could put Christmas quiz books, a storybook, Christmas DVD and some chocolate coins in. Your children will have plenty to keep them occupied while you get on with any last minute organising you need to do.

What are your favourite family Christmas traditions?


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  2. Kim Carberry 27th November 2018 at 12:56 pm

    We do all of these already.
    They have some fab Christmas mugs in Asda at the moment which I have my eye on.
    We buy the gingerbread house kits from Tesco every year. They are fantastic fun.

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