What’s the Project? Christmas traditions are one of the things kids will remember for years and years and those special memories will bring your family closer together. If you need some ideas to get you started, here are some fun ideas to get you started!
When I was little, every year my grandma would give each of us a new Christmas tree ornament to hang on our tree. She’s spread her table with a bunch of options and we’d draw numbers to see who got to choose one first and then select an ornament from those options.
I still have those ornaments and they still hang on my tree. And I love looking at them and thinking back on my childhood.
Do you have Christmas traditions and memories like that yourself? Most of us do and want to create that for our own families.
If you are wanting to start some great Christmas traditions and need some ideas to help you get started, here’s a great list to get you going.
It’s the traditions in life that make it sweet, isn’t it? I love how excited my kids get for the traditions we’ve set in our family for Thanksgiving, for Christmas and year round. Christmas traditions with kids are so essential to building a strong family.
So let’s take a look at some great options!
Fun Family Christmas Traditions:
- This is a super fun one that we’ve tried in our family involving driving around and looking at Christmas lights! It’s the Minivan Express from Confessions of a Homeschooler:
2. Christmas Eve is a common time to have a lot of your Christmas traditions, right? A favorite one we’ve tried is to have a fondue dinner. We’ve done cheese, meat and chocolate, although that’s a lot of work, so you could cut back a little and do just cheese and chocolate or whatever is your favorite.
3. We did this last Christmas Eve with my family and had a lot of fun and will probably do it again in years to come! It’s Christmas themed Minute to Win It Games by On Cloud 8:
4. This 12 Days of Christmas with stories and coordinating treats from The Craft Patch looks super fun. She’s got all the links to stories ready for you so it’s easy to pull off. Very fun idea!
5. This is my family’s very favorite Christmas tradition-eating pizza by the light of the Christmas tree on the first Monday in December. We look forward to this year after year.
6. And to go with that pizza by the Christmas tree one, n that night I give everyone a Christmas tree ornament that symbolized their past year. I love to get these on Etsy because then I can have them very customized.
7. A Christmas Storybook Advent for families that love to read stories together from Katherine Marie Photography:
8. This one is very tender and sweet. A yearly letter inside a special Christmas tree ornament:
9. We kick off the Christmas season with our Polar Express Party. We typically do it on the evening of Thanksgiving. The kids get in their pajamas, I print out Polar Express Tickets, we turn on the soundtrack and my husband, acting as the conductor calls “All Aboard!” The kids hand him their tickets, which he punches and then he (wearing a conductor’s hat of course) marches them through the house like a train to the music. They then settle in to watch the movie with popcorn, pillows, blankets, and…hot chocolate during the hot chocolate song in the movie. (Occasionally I even break out my tap shoes for that part.)
10. This is a Chistmas tradition that originated in my husband’s family and we still carry on the tradition with them. In the past, my mother in law would bake tons of cookies and put together a cookie plate each day throughout the holiday season with a variety of cookies (and I do mean a variety!) so that everyone could have their favorite!
Now, we all bake up a few cookies and swap. We each make about 3-5 varieties of cookies-lots of them, and bag them up then give them to each other. This way we can each have a full-blown cookie plate (yes, up to 15 varieties of cookies) without all the baking. It works like a charm! (And probably makes us all gain a few pounds.)
11. Do you celebrate St. Nick’s Day? It’s a fun one to do in early December. We’ve done this a few times and had fun with it! My kids’ school teachers have done it too.
12. I know that many people do this, but neighbor gifts are one of my very favorite parts of Christmas and one of my favorite Christmas traditions. I love having a chance to knock on my neighbor’s and friend’s doors, hand them a gift and let them know that we think they are great! And I love when I hear that knock on my door and know that someone is bringing me something yummy or fun! Need some inspiration check out these neighbor gift ideas and fun Christmas gifts for friends.
13. And have you heard of the Christmas Pickle before? This is a super fun idea!
14. This is my very favorite idea for an advent. It’s an activity each night counting down to Christmas. This one will keep you busy but if you plan ahead you could probably pull it off!
15. One my family has loved is going ice skating together! It started a few years back when we needed something to do on Christmas Eve during the day and came up with the idea of ice skating. Which turned out to be a blast and very uncrowded since most people were out making final preparations. Now we try to go at some point during the season and apparently my kids love it because they have been begging me to take them again this year (and I will).
16. I have to tell you about this book-The Christmas Chronicles. Our tradition is to read it out loud as a family in the month before Christmas. It’s a really neat book!
17. Have you ever done a service scavenger hunt? This is in my top three for favorite traditions. It’s one we started just a few years ago, again when we needed something to do during the day on Christmas Eve. We broke into a few teams and hit the town for a couple of hours to see how much service we could pull off in that time. We did everything from taping quarters on vending machines and leaving dollars in the dollar store to taking doughnuts to the police station and buying needed items for the homeless shelter. Or we love to go through a drive thru and pay for the person behind us. The boys also remember fondly the year that we shoveled neighbors’ walks and the list goes on. There are endless possibilities of things to do. We have done this with other families too to make it a competition between us all. We ended with pizza and a prize for the people who did the most service! A great way to spend Christmas Eve.
18. Play the Right/Left passing game. This is a tradition that my Grandpa started in my family when I was a kid. Granny and Gramps would buy a bunch of candy bars at the store and wrap them up. Then Grandpa would read the Tommy Wright story (here are a bunch of versions) aloud and everyone passes the gift left when they hear the word left and right when they hear the word right. At the end of the game you get to open and keep the one you are holding (or trade with your neighbor if it isn’t your favorite). This is one that my kids insist on every Christmas Eve!
What are your favorite Christmas traditions?! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season with all of these fun Christmas tradition ideas.
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