For years we have enjoyed Family Christmas traditions. This year I am hoping to add a few more traditions. I would love to learn about all of yours.
It’s our last day (day 12) of Twelve Days to Get Ready for Christmas. Today my dear friend KariAnne @Thistlewood and I are sharing 25 Family Christmas Traditions. If there was ever a year to think about adding a few fun traditions to your holiday plans, this is the one.
I wanted to pass on a special thank you for joining me these past twelve days. I hope I inspired you to get ready for the holidays.
I am a bit crazy when it comes to traditions. Of the twenty-five on this list, seventeen are ours!
I would love it if you all would add some of your family Christmas traditions in the comments. I would love to read about every single one and I am ready to add some more.
My Favorite Family Christmas Traditions
Sibling Shopping Day
I used to take the boys on a special shopping trip in December. The three of them each had a list of everyone they needed to buy gifts for and the four of us went to Target. Andrew and Matt usually finished in about an hour. Michael, on the other hand, spent hours finding the perfect gifts. As much as his brother’s complained, Michael’s gifts were so incredible and well-thought.
Watch a Favorite Holiday Movie Together
I love having a special family movie that you can watch with your family. When I was growing up, my sisters and I loved watching “White Christmas” every year. I think I know every word of every song and most of the dialogue throughout the entire movie! As hard as I have tried to get my boys to watch the movie “White Christmas”, they haven’t shown any interest.
I love cooking in the kitchen with her family. A few years ago we started a tradition where we team up and each team cooks a course. We all cook together and it is so much fun. This evening is one of my favorites in the holiday season.
Gift Wrapping Night
Our family has always wrapped gifts on Christmas Eve. I am hoping we can change that plan this year and start a tradition to do it earlier.
Many of you are aware that I made gifts for my family every Christmas for about thirty years. I would love to ask our boys to make one handmade gift. I think that’s a good place to start.
Adopt a Charity
When the boys were younger we used to participate in the Adopt a Family program. We sponsored a family and shopped and bought all of their Christmas gifts. I love this program and it’s really a fabulous idea.
Buying the Tree
Buying our Christmas tree has been a huge tradition in our family. We have always bought our tree at the YMCA and the boys always played hide and go seek in the tree lot. Somehow we were never kicked out!
Decorating the Tree
Until the boys moved out, we decorated the tree together every single year. We have so many wonderful handmade and family ornaments and we all love decorating the tree because of the fond memories that are cherished.
This year would have been our 33rd Annual Christmas party. Technically we are still having it, but I think there will only be our six family members in attendance. This is my favorite party of the year and it has grown from 40 guests to 250 guests.
You may not be familiar with the Citrus Singers, but this college singing group is out of this world talented. We always attend with the same friends and it’s absolutely so much fun!
Reading the Night Before Christmas
When the boys were really young, ages, 1, 2, and 3, Dave starting reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” every Christmas Eve. He still reads it every year!
Traditional Dinner (Beef Tenderloin/Pasta)
We always have a traditional Christmas dinner on the 24th, and it’s always enjoyed at the dining room table.
Ice Skating (even in California)
Ice skating is such a fun sport and it feels as if most large towns have an ice skating rink. This has always felt like such a fun thing to do during the holidays.
Open Stockings – youngest to oldest
We open our stockings in order of age, youngest to oldest. This is the time I have to remember that I am the oldest in our family. I am two and a half months older than my husband and somehow this feels more real on Christmas morning. We have done this ever since we got married.
Opening Gifts – Oldest to youngest
After the open the stockings, we open our gifts. But this time we open them from oldest to youngest. I love this tradition so much.
Christmas Morning Brunch – family recipes
I love the fact that every Christmas morning, in three different states, my brothers and sisters and I are enjoying my Mom’s Overnight Sausage Casserole. This recipe has been a tradition in our family for as long as I can remember. You can only imagine how hard I cried when my daughter in law, Charlotte, gave me this gift earlier this year. It was so thoughtful!
We have played some games over the holidays but this year my youngest son took it to a different level. Michael has assigned each of us to be in charge of two evenings during the holiday. I would love to play Rummikub, Ticket to Ride, Qwirkle, or Wizard0.
Fun Family Competition
We have had many team competitions in our family. We played golf inside our home last spring and it was so much fun. You can see the highlight reel here.
Making Ornaments for the Tree
When the boys were really young, I use to host the Christmas craft workshop for the school where the kids would all make gifts for their family, teachers, and pets. This is so much fun!
Making/Decorating Cookies for Santa
We used to do this and I loved it so much!
Writing a Letter to Santa and Reindeer
There are so many fun traditions you can start with your kids. Making cookies for Santa and writing a letter to Santa are perfect opportunities for sure.
Open One gift on Christmas Eve
I never like this idea but I know a lot of people love to open at least one. I would love your input and to share why/ how it works so well.
Look at Christmas Lights
The last tradition I am sharing is one we have enjoyed for many years. Every Christmas Eve we put on our pajamas, pile the dog in the car, and we head out to St. Alban’s street to look at the Christmas lights. I put Christmas carols on the car radio and we have so much fun.
I hoped you have enjoyed the twenty-five Family Christmas Traditions. Now it’s your turn to share your traditions.
If you missed any of my Twelve Days to Get Ready for Christmas, you can find them here:
Day 6: Holiday Make Ahead Desserts
Day 12: 25 Family Christmas Traditions
You can also find Karianne’s amazing blog posts here:
Day 4: Favorite Faux Winter Sems