As a young girl Christmas was always made special, the family Christmas traditions made it all the more magical. These are traditions that I carried on with my own children.
I have over the years added a few extra along the way.
Christmas Traditions You Can Start This Year
1 – Christmas Tree Decorating
It goes without saying, each year all 6 children help to decorate the tree. The excitement comes when all children’s names are put into a hat and I choose one to put the star on top of the tree.
2 – Christmas Pantomime
I take the children to our nearest theatre to watch that years Christmas Pantomime, the Chuckle Brothers featured in Cinderella last year, it was incredibly funny.
3 – Writing A Letter To Santa
The younger 3 children write their letters to Santa. Royal Mail offer an amazing service, if you post your letter to a specific address by a certain time and include a stamped address envelope, you receive a letter back from Santa.
4 – Visiting Santa
We are very lucky that we live in an amazing place, surrounded by nature and we have 2 local castles, one hosts a magical Santa’s grotto, complete with reindeer and thousands of Christmas trees, you can also buy ( the reindeer are not for sale). The younger children are always so excited to meet him.
5 – Watching The Christmas Lights Being Turned On
Each year we huddle around our town centres Christmas tree singing carols and watch the turning on of our tree and street lights. This is one of those Christmas traditions that will no doubt be repeated over the generations.
6 – Read ‘The Night Before Christmas’ book On Xmas Eve
Reading our favourite Christmas book is a must on Christmas Eve, all the children enjoy this, even the teenagers. There is something magical about watching the younger children’s bright and excited eyes on Christmas Eve.
7 – Christmas Eve Box
Every Christmas Eve the children get an early gift, this is always new PJS ( They have to wear matching PJS for the photos on Christmas morning). They each get a hot chocolate cone, which has everything in it to make a delicious hot chocolate and Christmas related crafts.
8 – Sprinkle Reindeer Dust On Christmas Eve
The younger children each have their own bag of sparking reindeer dust, so the reindeer can clearly see our house. This stuff takes forever to clean up.
9 – Leave Santa And Rudolph A Treat
We leave Santa a mince-pie and a glass of milk and for some reason we forget about the other reindeer and only leave Rudolph a carrot. ( I did forget to remove them last year and I had to down the warm milk and put the mince-pie and carrot in my dressing gown pocket last year quickly without the children seeing).
10 – Leave A Magic Key Out For Santa
If like us you have a gas fire with no chimney, we get around that by leaving out a magic key for Santa.
11 – Buy A New Christmas Tree Decoration Each Year
We buy Alex a new bauble for the tree every Xmas and he hangs it on the tree on Christmas Eve – Sandie
12 – Advent Calender
This is a great way for the children to count down how many sleeps until Christmas, each morning they get to open a new window and receive a small chocolate.
13 – Have A Take Away On Christmas Eve
We always have a take away Christmas Eve – Maxine
14 – Wrap Up The Living Room Door
We wrap the living room door frame on Christmas Eve – Kiri
15 – Put Christmas Stockings At The End Of The Beds
We all have a stocking which goes at the end of all our beds and we wake up to them full. The kids know Father Christmas has been then. Only after everyone has looked in their stocking do we all go down stairs to see if he’s left anything else. – Denise
16 – Read The Story Of Jesus’s Birth From The Bible
On Christmas Eve we open PJ’s, read the story of Jesus’s birth from the Bible and then set out milk/cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer.
17 – Write A Letter From Santa
Santa always leaves a letter for them that we read in the morning – Erica
18 – A Book/DVD A Day In December
I actually saw this idea on Facebook and love the idea of a book or DVD a day in December. We do read a bedtime story each night but the DVD a night is a great way to get all the family together. They had a Christmas DVD box and each DVD was wrapped individually and one was picked and opened each day to watch together. I think I will be adding this one to my own Christmas traditions this year.
19 – North Pole Party
We have a North Pole dinner on Christmas Eve, various party food that’s white or snow related – Shell
20 – Midnight Mass
My children attend a church of England school and they attend church leading up to Christmas. I have yet to attend Midnight Mass as the younger children are not old enough to come, but I have many friends who attend each year.
Do You Do Any Of These?
What Christmas traditions do you have in your family?