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Christmas Traditions to Enjoy With Your Family
This is such a magical time of year, especially if you have little ones. Their excitement is contagious and you can’t help but share in their joy. It is also the perfect time to plan some family fun. Our family loves to decorate the tree together, look at Christmas lights, watch Christmas movies and drink hot cocoa. If you are looking for some unique Christmas Traditions to enjoy with your family, keep reading!
25 Nights of Christmas Stories
This was my children’s favorite tradition last year. Beginning December 1st, they unwrapped one Christmas themed book each night for us to read as a bed time story. The kids thought it was great because they got to open a gift each night. I thought it was great because it built up my children’s book library and was a wonderful, fairly inexpensive way to spend quality time as a family. If this is something you would like to do with your family, it’s not too late to get started! You can plan on reading a book every night for 5, 7, 10, 15, or any other number of nights you choose! And if you need to purchase some books, here are some GREAT affordable options from eBay:
The last book for Christmas Day was personalized for each of my kids. This is an absolutely wonderful gift that your child can treasure forever. Here are some different options if you would like to order a book for your child:
A new tradition I am starting this year is keeping a Christmas journal. I purchased Christmas Memories: A Keepsake Book from the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch to help keep track of our 2017 Christmas. There are places for photographs of your family, decorations, your children’s picture with Santa, friends, and more! You can write about your family traditions, your favorite Christmas, your letters to Santa, Christmas dinner, and much more! The best part is that you can keep track of the next four years all in this journal for $10.98! I look forward to looking back and treasuring the memories written in this journal.
If your children are like mine, they have SO many toys. And when new toys are received, the ones they already own seem to go unnoticed. That’s why I think it is a great idea to start the tradition of purging toys BEFORE Christmas. Have your children go through their toys and choose the ones they would like to get rid of and find a place to donate them. To get the full experience, take your kids with you when you give them away. I also like to have my children pick out toys to purchase for programs such as Operation Christmas Child, Toys for Tots, or other nonprofit organizations. It’s important that they understand that not all children are as blessed as they are and it is our Christian duty to give to those less fortunate. I hope to teach them to look to the needs of others and not just their own wants.
My husband and I started the tradition of making candy as gifts when we first were married. His family makes Christmas candy every year, and we adopted the tradition to share with others! We spend the day making yummy treats, put them in nice decorative tins, and give to our friends, co-workers, bosses, and other loved ones. Some of our recipes include Oreo balls, peanut butter balls, Ritz cracker sandwiches, coconut balls, and more! I will share some of our yummy recipes in a later post :).
The Christmas Eve Box
A Christmas Eve box is another fun tradition for your family. I love this Personalized Christmas Eve Box from eBay that you can fill with your child’s favorite things for an evening of Christmas Eve fun. You can include a new set of new pajamas, a Christmas book, Christmas movie, hot chocolate, popcorn, and more! Looking for an already done for you Christmas Eve box? Here is a great option from Amazon:
What Christmas Traditions do you celebrate with your family? I would love to hear about them! Still searching for affordable and unique Christmas gifts? Be sure to check out my gift guide for the entire family here. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season with your family. Spend time making memories you will treasure forever.
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