Every year my sister holds a big Christmas Eve event and our family heads to her house to celebrate. It has become a big tradition in our family. Santa comes. Yep, even on his busy night of deliveries he some how manages to make time to come to her house for the kids. There is a lot of food, a lot of laughter and good holiday memories!
1. Talk and read about the story of Christmas. #1 in my book! This is so important to talk to your kids about the true meaning of Christmas. Be thankful for Jesus and and his birthday and celebrate it as much as you can!
2. Go Christmas carolling. Or if you aren't that brave, sing with the kids at home. Karaoke anyone?
3. Go see Christmas lights. We have a neighborhood about 15 minutes from our house that the whole street lights up, to the point of you have to park and walk down the street. It looks like a bunch of Griswald's homes on the street and it's beautiful!
5.Volunteer your time! As a family or yourself. Do this! For your church, for shelters, for the classrooms, for the malls. Teach it to your children. It's a great gift to give!
6.Make reindeer food for the kids to spread in your front yard (it's just oatmeal and sprinkles of course) Here is an adorable free printable.
7. After you open gifts, go to the movies that afternoon
8. Play board games with your family
9. Make sure to make hot chocolate and don't forget the marshmallows. Check out this adorable hot chocolate bar from The Pettit Family
10. Curl up on the couch and watch A Christmas Story- we watch that every year
11. Talk about the year and remember all the wonderful memories and times you had together.
12.Pick an angel from The Angel Tree- this has been on my Christmas to do for years and we never seem to get around to the mall to grab one, so I am starting this tradition this year! It's a must!
13. Drop off some cookies or other goodies to your local fire house or police office.
14. Let the kids open one gift on Christmas Eve. Ever since I can remember as a child I was able to open one gift on Christmas Eve. Since we celebrate at my sister's house that night, all the kids are able to open one. It helps with the anticipation for them and gives them something to play with for awhile until they wake you up the next morning at the crack of dawn.
I hope you found something in the list that caught your eye. Family is about tradition and let's see what we can pass down generation after generation. Please let me know what traditions you do with your family!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!
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