There isn’t much that I enjoy more than celebrating Christmas with my family. Remembering the birth of our Savior surrounded by hot cocoa, pjs, twinkle lights, presents, and people that I love is difficult to beat. In years past we have tried a few different traditions around Christmastime, but most have faded from our holiday routine. The birth of our third child sparked a fire in me to give some new family Christmas traditions a shot.
Starting New Christmas Traditions
The traditions that we have going at our house right now are 25 Books of Christmas, Christmas Eve Boxes, Advent Countdown Cards with Scripture Readings, and making homemade ornaments. We chose these four because they are cost effective, simple to do with small children, and super fun!
1) 25 Books of Christmas
I love this idea because it makes my kids so excited about reading time! Each night they get to pick one wrapped book from under the tree. They open it together and we read it as a family before bedtime. You can choose to pick these books up at your local library, use books that you already have at home, or purchase new books to use each year. These are a few of our favorite options…
- 1001 Things to Spot at Christmas– This book is EXCELLENT for kids who enjoy I-Spy and Where’s Waldo type activities.
- A Christmas Alphabet
- The Real Twelve Days of Christmas– Teach your kids the story behind the song with this book.
- The Night Before Christmas
- That’s Not My Angel– This is a touchy-feely book for little ones. My one-year-old LOVES it!
- Christmas Quiz Book– Quiz your kiddos on their Christmas knowledge with this activity book.
- Christmas Star: A Light-up Shadowbox Book-This book is so neat! It pops up & lights up!
- Jesus Is Born
- The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet
- The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
2) Christmas Eve Boxes
On December 24th each member of my family will open a Gift Box with his or her name on it. These boxes contain gifts for us to use on Christmas Eve during our family celebration time.
The boxes are loaded up with Christmas Pajamas, homemade sugar cookie mix, m&m candies, hot chocolate packs, popcorn, tootsie rolls, and personalized ornaments. After opening the boxes we will change into our pjs, bake the sugar cookies, eat popcorn with m&ms, hang our ornaments and watch a Christmas movie on Netflix. I have also wrapped a game for the family to open (Pie Face) that we will play that night as well.
3) Advent Countdown Cards with Scripture Reading
This one started a couple of years ago for us. At first we had cards printed that I would hang on a ribbon on the wall with clothespins…Now we have a toddler in the house who likes to tear things off of the walls so I have adapted it to a stack of envelopes on the desk. Each envelope is numbered 1-25 and has a card with a special Christmas themed activity inside. We check a new envelope each day and the kids are always so excited to see what activity is in store. The cards also include verses of Scripture to read each day. If you want to try this one for yourself, but you don’t want to make your own cards then feel free to download my Advent Countdown Cards. You can find this download in my Member Resource Library.
4) Make Homemade Ornaments
Making ornaments together is a true bonding experience. Parents learn to be patient and give up a little control while the kiddos learn a new skill and have fun with mom & dad. There are tons of different homemade ornament tutorials, but these are my favorites…
- Salt Dough Ornaments– My kids love making salt dough ornaments! They get to help mix the ingredients, shape using a cookie cutter, and paint!
- Cinnamon Ornaments– This is a no-cook recipe that is simple & fun for parents & his!
- Icicle Ornaments– You only need two ingredients for this ornament–> Borax & Water! This one also doubles as a science experiment!
- Felt Tree Ornaments– Let the kids choose their own color of felt for this project.These Christmas traditions are easy to implement and fun for every family member. Making them stick in our holiday routine should be a piece of cake:)
5) Create Fun Treats in the Kitchen
- Santa Hat Brownies
- Strawberry Santa Snacks
- Cookies in a Jar for Santa
- Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
- Grinch Cupcakes
What are your family’s favorite Christmas traditions?