What to do on Christmas Eve?
Christmas eve is such a wonderful time of the year. With children who can hardly contain their excitement for Santa Claus and to know that there is no more shopping needed. This is a perfect time to spend with family and friends and have fun with holiday entertaining. Depending on what stage of life you are in, will determine the kind of traditions you will want to set for your family.
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What makes something a tradition?
Before you get into trying to make family traditions, it’s best to understand what one is.
It can be as simple as eating at the same restaurant once a month or doing something at the same time each morning. To be honest, if you look quite close our whole life is full of traditions, and without them we would be lost.
Making, creating, and keeping traditions is what brings us together as families, even if we don’t want to, you do it simply because it’s tradition. Perhaps that is why we do the things we do. Not because it brings us happiness or excitement, but because we feel this calling that we can’t be the ones to break the tradition.
Christmas is a perfect way to incorporate traditions because no matter what – Christmas will never be cancelled.
Christmas Eve Traditions for Family with Young Children
1) Track Santa
How exciting for children to be able to see Santa, you can do this easily by going onto NORAD Santa Tracker. What a perfect little treasure for the children who are a bit older and starting to doubt Santa.
2) Bake cookies for Santa
What to do when you are bored on Christmas Eve?
Many things will close early on this day, and some people don’t have to work and most of their friends are with family. What is one to do?
If you don’t celebrate Christmas, have this time be dedicated for some self-love and self-care. Indulge in a beautiful bath routine or make your home a spa for the day.
If you do celebrate Christmas, but not until the next day then this is the perfect time to make sure you have everything and all the little details are figured out.
To deepen this tradition, you can always make the same cookies (and extra bonus if the cookies are a family recipe passed down from your grandma!) This is a wonderful way to slow down and connect with your little ones as they experience a magical time of the year. Be sure to make a few extra cookies so you are able to snack on them as well!
3) Write a letter to Santa
Odds are you might have already sent him a letter earlier in the season, however, with him coming during the night – it’s a fun way to get the kids even more excited! Do not let this be a stressful time! If they are too young to make sentences, oh well. If they don’t want to, then don’t push it. Even if you have to write for them, that can be an option.
Be sure to include how thankful your children are, start them early already being elegant and saying thank you ahead of time!
4) Go for a family walk and return to hot chocolate
Get the kids all bundled, get some warm gloves and boots and go for a little walk. As long as the weather permits (or even if it doesn’t – what great memories it can make!) But before you leave, get out your crock pot and make some hot chocolate so upon your return, everybody can enjoy some wonderful hot chocolate.
What is wonderful about this, is that there is little stress involved. Just make it, set it and then forget it!
5) Watch the same few Christmas movies
It doesn’t necessarily need to be the same, but when you do, it makes it even more of a tradition. Understandable that as young children, you may opt to choose more appropriate movies. But the most important part is that you are spending some quality time together!
6) Read a Christmas book all snuggled together
Everybody gets in their pajamas and crowds around you as you read them a story. Pick a story that you know you can read for many years.here!
10) Make Christmas Cards
You can use printable ones, or buy blank ones and write some fun little comments. Even if the child cannot write by themselves then just have them draw a picture. Remember this is not about being stressful in any way and have fun with it. Even if the cards never get sent out and given away, it was about the memory that was being made. It would be nice to even keep the cards throughout the years, only to look back at them when everyone is older.
11) Go visit Santa
If you’re able to, earlier in the day, go and visit Santa for the last time before he visits. Make sure to go early so to beat the huge line and the busy malls. Don’t forget to bring him a Christmas card that your child made. This is a fun tradition because it will keep them all excited until the next morning!
12) Take a picture every year in the same place
Same as with the Christmas cards, it’s a great gift when the child is older or to keep for yourself! Take a picture of your child in the same place every year and in 15 years the evolution of your growing children can be something to look at and smile at when you’re older. It’s a great tradition and it’s even cuter if they can fit or not fit into the same sweater.
13) Make a Christmas time capsule
Maybe you’re getting the hint, but it is always a good idea to be able to look back at the past as a family and remember all the good times. Starting as young as you can, have your child draw some Christmas art, write any notes or what they are excited about. Keep them somewhere safe where you can easily keep adding to them. In 10 to 15 years you will have amounted so many good memories that are guaranteed to laugh and enjoy into the future.
Christmas Eve Traditions for Family with Older Children
1) Have a gingerbread house competition
This can be very competitive, but it doesn’t need to be. It should be fun! Get everything ready ahead of time and it won’t be as stressful either! You can even buy gingerbread house sets that give you everything you need to build one. This is great for when the kids are a bit older and can use their engineer imaginations! Someone can be the judge and the winner gets a special treat!
2) Drive around and see the Christmas lights
Depending where you live, the decorations can be amazing! Some people really go all out and it’s very enjoyable to stop by and enjoy it!
3) Play some board games with Christmas music playing in the background
Nothing brings the family together more than turning off the electronics and getting out the trusty old board games! Be sure to add some Christmas music to get everyone more in the Christmas mood!
4) Make an ugly Christmas sweater
What to do on Christmas Eve?
Christmas eve is about spending time with family. It’s about making memories and even not making memories, will still be memorable as long as you are with family. It’s about slowing down the just taking all the moment in. Some years are better than others and it’s important to try not to force a good memory because that never happens!
Enjoy the day as it comes, but just spend time with the family and something wonderful will come of it!
Even if you think you’re doing a terrible job, the perspective from your child will be much greater!
Enjoy your Christmas holiday this year!