Growing up, part of what gets me excited about Christmas are the family traditions that I get to do with my parents. I always look forward to doing those year after year. And I still do! I think I always will, even though I don’t get to do it with them anymore. Now that I am a mom of 2 adorable kids, it is my turn to make sure that we get these Christmas traditions going and to look for new memorable Christmas traditions that we can do as a family. Today, I rounded up memorable Christmas tradition ideas that you can do with your family. I’ve already done some of these with my family; and the others, I plan to do with them when the kids are a little bit older.
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Put Up The Christmas Decors & Decorate The Christmas Tree
This is something that I truly enjoyed doing with my mom every year. When I was little, I loved the idea that I get to help out in decorating our house. But when I was older, I saw it as an opportunity to bond and have fun with my mom. Plus, I just love all the Christmas feels seeing all the decors inside our house gives me.
Do Christmas Shopping Together
As you probably already know, shopping is something I truly enjoy – whether for the house, for my family, or for myself. Growing up, I’ve always enjoyed shopping with my mom. It’s another one of those activities that we get to bond as well. And I can only imagine how much fun my kids and I are going to have when we get to do this in the future.
Read 1 Christmas Book A Day For 25 Days Leading Up To Christmas
In November last year, I got 25 Christmas books that I wrapped individually. Starting December 1st, each night leading up to Christmas, I let the kids choose 1 gift they would like to open (they took turn every night) before bedtime. Once they had chosen, I would let them open the gift (an activity they really enjoyed) and we would read the Christmas book together.
Last year wasn’t as successful as I hoped it would be because they quickly lost interest in some of the books that I got. I guess it was because some of them were a bit longer for what they can take. But I am absolutely planning on doing this again this year, and the coming years.
Some of the books that we loved reading are Merry Christmas, Daniel Tiger! A Lift-the-Flap Book, Little Blue Truck’s Christmas, God Gave Us Christmas, The Story of Christmas, and The Itsy Bitsy Snowman.
Make DIY Crafts To Give Out To Your Child’s Teachers
Since my kids started daycare, I’ve always made sure that we give all (past and present) of their teachers a gift every Christmas to say thank you for all the love, care, and time that they have showered my kids all throughout the year. The first year it was a personalized tumbler with a message that says “Thank you for helping me grow”. The past 2 years, we’ve baked festive sweets for all their teachers. I really liked the idea of making our own gifts. And now that my kids are a bit older, I will absolutely be asking them to help out when it’s time to make these gifts to make them more special.
Get The Entire Family Coordinating Outfits
Shopping coordinating outfits for my kids has always been a fun task for me. Seriously, isn’t it adorable when siblings are dressed in coordinating outfits? I’ve been doing this since my son celebrated his first Christmas; and I certainly plan on doing it until they’re old enough to say no to it. If you plan on doing this, you can check out my tips on how to do it properly here.
Since I dress my kids in coordinating outfits every year, it’s only fair that my husband and I wear coordinating outfits with them as well. We’ve dressed up in coordinating outfits as a family before in red and black, purple and gray, fuchsia and blue, black and brown, and black and white outfits. This year, we also tried matching Christmas pajamas for the entire family and I honestly loved how it turned out.
Take Your Family Picture
Once we have our coordinating outfits on, we would get our family picture taken in front of our Christmas tree. For the past couple of years, my parents flew all the way from the Philippines to spend the holidays with us (and yes, I got them to wear coordinating outfits as well); but this year, it’s just going to be us.
We’re not really used to hiring a professional photographer to get our family picture taken unless there is a really special occasion (like when the kids got baptized), so we’ve always done it ourselves. If you’re planning to take your own family picture (for the holidays or) any time of the year, I put together a comprehensive guide for you here.
Have Your Child’s Picture Taken With Santa Clause
This is something that I never got to do as a kid. Growing up, there wasn’t an opportunity for families to go to the mall and tell Santa Clause what the kids wanted for Christmas (but I think families in the Philippines can do that now). I would just tell my parents what I want for Christmas and they would “happily relay the message to him”. So of course, I jumped at the first opportunity I got to take my kids to the mall and have their picture taken with Santa Clause. Since then, we’ve been doing that every year. They still don’t tell him what they want for Christmas, but I’m pretty sure they would once they’re old enough to understand who Santa Clause is.
Let The Kids Help Out In The Kitchen
I haven’t tried doing this with the kids yet but it was so much fun helping out my mom prepare all the dishes that we would be enjoying for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day back when I was younger. I certainly plan on doing this with my kids soon. Maybe this year, I’ll try and see how that would turn out.
Have Christmas Eve Dinner As A Family
We always have dinner as a family, every single night. I honestly don’t know why, but it just feels so much more special having dinner as a family on Christmas Eve. Back in the Philippines, we would gather around the dining table and have dinner as a family on midnight, we call it Noche Buena. My mom would always make my favorite dishes for Noche Buena and Christmas Day, and I remember being always very excited about it. But we haven’t done that with the kids yet; we would have family dinner during our normal dinner time. When they’re a little bit older and can certainly stay up past their bedtime, we will absolutely do this Filipino tradition.
Have A Christmas Eve Movie Night
I’ve seen a Night Before Christmas Box through Pinterest when I was browsing for fun Christmas activities for the entire family. How it works is that you will put together a Christmas Eve box where you will put your child’s Christmas pajamas, popcorn, hot chocolate, and a Christmas movie; and then you wrap it. Your child will get to open their Christmas Eve box after dinner. And then the entire family will get to enjoy a nice hot chocolate, popcorn, while watching the Christmas movie in their Christmas pajamas (all from the Christmas Eve box). I certainly plan to start doing it this year.
Open Presents On Christmas Morning
Of course, this was the highlight of all my Christmas mornings when I was a kid. I really loved finding out what “Santa Clause” had given me every Christmas. “Santa Clause” never failed; he would always give me what I wanted. I honestly don’t know how I found out that he wasn’t real, but the mystery of “Santa Clause” was so much fun that I plan to do the whole “Santa Clause” tradition with my kids.
Back in the Philippines, the kids, together with their parents, would go to their relatives and godparents’ house on Christmas day. There, they would catch up, play, and be given gifts (but most of the time, cash). I do remember getting excited when it’s almost my bedtime because I would then have a chance to count how much money I got. LOL! And then I would plan which toy I’m going to get with my Christmas money.
I don’t think we’ll be able to do that here in the U.S.; but hopefully, we can celebrate Christmas in the Philippines soon so the kids can experience that as well.
Spend The Entire Christmas Day With The Family
There’s nothing better than spending an entire day with your family, but more so when it’s Christmas. It really doesn’t matter what you do; you can go out and do something fun somewhere, visit some relatives you haven’t seen in a while, or just stay at home and do nothing. As long as you do these things as a family, then it would be worth looking back on for the years to come.
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What did you think of this post? Have you done these Christmas activities before? What is your favorite Christmas tradition with your family? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.