Make Christmas Magical! 10 Fun Christmas Traditions

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Christmas TraditionsBefore my daughter was born, Christmas was just a day to spend with family over a good meal, giving presents and, of course, receiving. Now that I have a child, I’m excited to start some new family traditions. I would say that I’m more excited for Christmas now than I was as a kid.

Of course we do all the typical traditions – get a tree, watch Christmas movies and put milk and cookies out for Santa. But we also started things that we never did in our pre-baby days. Here are 10.

  1. Advent Calendar – This is the first year for us using an Advent Calendar, but it’s a fun way to celebrate the days leading up to Christmas. You can make one easily using one of these tutorials.
  2. Elf on the Shelf – We’ve jumped on the Elf on the Shelf bandwagon and are excited to see what mischief Ellie Twinkletoes will get into this year! I’ll be posting pictures throughout December.
  3. Donate – Now that our diva is 2, we want to start teaching her about giving back. We’re going to pick out some toys that she doesn’t play with anymore and donate them to Toys for Tots.
  4. Special Ornaments – Every year we all pick out one special ornament to adorn the tree with. We do have some traditional ornaments, but like the idea of having special ones that mean a lot to each of us. Last year we also got the pickle ornament, which is a cute tradition in itself. You can get one here for about $8.
  5. Christmas Eve Fun – On Christmas Eve we like to make fresh cookies for Santa while beef stew cooks in the crockpot.
  6. New Jammies – Every year we get our daughter new jammies to open on Christmas Eve for an especially cozy night of dreaming about Santa.
  7. Christmas Breakfast – I like to bake a casserole Christmas morning to keep us fueled for the long day of traveling and excitement. Plus mimosas for momma!
  8. The Night Before Christmas – We thought it only appropriate to read the Night Before Christmas on the night before Christmas. The diva loves it and it’s such a special time for us. We have this one. I love the graphics!
  9. Reindeer Cam – One of the things the diva loves best is watching Santa feed his Reindeer on Christmas Eve. It’s super cute!
  10. Reindeer Food – In addition to milk and cookies, we leave carrots for the reindeer. But now that the diva is two, we’re going to make reindeer food (safe for other critters, of course) to sprinkle on the yard this year.

What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

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  1. I love the idea of giving to Toys for Tots! A when I was little we always had the advent calendar which I want to do and we always watched the news Christmas eve to see where Santa was on his journey. This year we also want to do the elf on the shelf.

  2. well except for the evil Elf i love all those traditions!

  3. great traditions. I always wrap pajamas for the kids and let them open them Christmas eve so they have new pajamas for Christmas morning

  4. I had not heard of the Elf on the Shelf tradition until recently, believe it or not. I love all of your traditions. We always took one night and made it special and went out and looked at Christmas lights with our kids. We also had favorite recipes that were only made that time of year. Great list.

  5. I love those traditions! We really need to start that elf on a shelf! It looks like a lot of fun!

  6. Aww those are some awesome ideas. We also get he kids new jammies for Christmas each year. They love having something new to wear

  7. Every year we buy new Christmas ornaments. Sometimes we try to relate them to something in our lives, sometimes we get them to show off our personality and what we like. Some years we buy one for the whole family, sometimes we each get to pick out one. It’s just fun browsing the ornaments and deciding what we want to do for the year!

  8. FINALLY! A positive blog post about the holidays- thank you! I have been seeing way too many negative posts in the blogger world, I love that you shared a list of traditions on your site!

  9. Thank you for these ideas! I love holiday traditions and am always looking for new ideas!

  10. These are wonderful ideas, Thank you for sharing.

  11. Oh we do the pj thing. It’s the only present that we get to open on Christmas Eve. I refuse to partake in the elf thing…he creeps me out. I don’t want to reach for a tampon under the sink to find him riding one…eeeeks

  12. These are all such cute ideas! I am going to save this list for when I have kids!

  13. Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

    Wow! You guys have a lot of great ideas, too! I’m going to add them to my list!

  14. We get jammies every Christmas too! It’s always the one gift we’re allowed to open on Christmas Eve. I’m 28 and my Mommy still gets them for me every year ;0) You’re never grown up at Christmas.

  15. These are such fun traditions. I really want to do the Elf on the Shelf this year!

  16. We do a lot of those. But I never heard of the Reindeer cam.

  17. These traditions sound like a lot of fun. Is there any one in particular your daughter specifically looks forward to?

  18. Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

    The Elf is so popular this year! It’s crazy to think how it will be a “classic” when our kids are grown!


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