Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year! Everyone just seems to be more joyful and it is reflected in their actions. Christmas is also a time for traditions! There are so many traditions our family likes to participate in every year, but here are a few of our favorites:
Bake and Decorate Christmas Cookies
Each year my mom and I set aside some time to bake our favorite Christmas treats. While we switch up exactly what we make each year, we always make classic sugar cookie cut outs with homemade frosting. Once cooled, we spend time frosting the cookies and decorating them with sprinkles, M&Ms, and other small candies! We usually do this while listening to Christmas music. SurvivingMoms Kristine made an awesome Spotify playlist full of the best Christmas songs; check it out here.
Drive Around and Look at Christmas Lights
This is something I remember doing with my family as a little girl and it is a tradition we have carried on with our own little family as well. We bundle up, grab some hot cocoa, and head to town to look for the most luxurious Christmas lights we can find. This year, we also plan to visit our local cactus garden. The cactus and succulents there are decorated with over half a million Christmas lights! Check to see what fun Christmas light activities are offered in your community!
Go Christmas Caroling
Since the Church I grew up in goes Christmas caroling every year, this is something I have been doing as long as I can remember. It was actually through Christmas caroling at my church that my husband and I first met, so this tradition is extra special to us. Some of our favorite Christmas carols to sing include Away in the Manger, Silent Night, and We Three Kings. We typically sing at the homes of our elderly church members or at our local nursing homes. If you have never gone Christmas caroling before, I certainly recommend it!
Go to a Christmas Eve Church Service
I love going to Christmas eve services. We like to switch it up and try out different churches each year. Some churches have a candlelight service, some have mostly worship music, some provide theatrics, and some have a simple Christmas message. If we don’t make it to a Christmas eve service, we read the Christmas story from our Bible at home. Here are our favorite passages of scripture to read: Matthew 1:18- 2:23 and Luke 2:1-20.
Open a Christmas Eve Box
We actually just started this tradition last year! I picked out a special box and filled it with all sorts of Christmas-themed goodies for my daughter to enjoy on Christmas eve. Last year, we put Christmas footed pajamas, Christmas books, a hot cocoa mix, a candy cane, and Christmas stickers in her box. This year, we plan to add a Christmas movie to the box as well!
Those are just a few of the Christmas traditions our family likes to participate in every year. I have designed a free bucket list printable for you that includes all of those traditions plus more. There are even a few blank spaces where you and your children can add in your own Christmas traditions. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy the season!