When you create Fun family Christmas traditions for your kids, you’ll bring your family closer together and create lasting memories.
The best Christmas traditions are easy and inexpensive. The last thing you’ll want to teach your kids is that happiness requires a lot of time, money, and mom pulling her hair out.
Following are some of the best Christmas traditions you can start with your family right now.
Fun Family Christmas Traditions
1 – Christmas Countdown Candle
Kids love counting down to Christmas!
If your kids are anything like mine growing up, they’ll ask every day of December how many days are left until Christmas. And it will drive you crazy! Right?
A Christmas countdown candle helps your kids quickly see how many days are left until Santa comes and they will look forward to burning the candle every night as a family.
The candle has every day of December on the side from 1 – 25. Just burn down to the next number every night of December. Use the time that it’s burning to incorporate special family traditions like singing Christmas carols or reading Christmas books.
You can make a Christmas Countdown candle yourself or buy one pre-made from Amazon.
2 – Read Christmas Books Together
Make a pot of hot chocolate to share and pull out your favorite Christmas stories to read with your children. They’ll love snuggling up to you to hear their favorite Christmas tales!
Add a new Christmas book to your library every year to give your kids something to look forward to. Here are some of best Christmas books you may not have heard of:
- The Jolly Christmas Postman
- Pete The Cat Saves Christmas
- How To Catch An Elf
- The Year Of The Perfect Christmas Tree
- Bear Stays Up Late For Christmas (I love the Bear Books!)
3 – Find Santa’s Sack On Christmas Eve
My mother and father-in-law started this fantastic tradition with their grandchildren years ago. It’s become such a favorite, our teenager still enjoys it!
On Christmas Eve, while Santa is making his rounds, a sack “falls out” of his sleigh and lands somewhere in our yard with a gift for everyone to open. As soon as it gets dark, it’s time to start looking for the sack that magically appears.
In our sack, Santa always includes a new family game since our family loves playing games together.
4 – Put Your Shoes Out On December 5th, the Eve Of St. Nicholas Day
What is St. Nicholas Day?
It’s a feast day to celebrate the generous patron St. Nicholas from the 4th century. He was known to arrive on horseback on his feast day and deliver sweets to good children (or lumps of coal to naughty ones.)
St. Nicholas Day is still celebrated in parts of the world, although, in America, it has evolved into Christmas. In Britain, St. Nicholas has been largely replaced by Father Christmas.
Here’s a great children’s book to teach your kids about the origin of Santa Claus:
5 – Make Homemade Candy Canes
Making homemade candy canes is my favorite fun family Christmas tradition from childhood.
There are only a few candy cane ingredients you’ll need, but the most important one is peppermint oil. Do not use peppermint extract! It won’t be strong enough to taste. You’ll need to use 100% pure peppermint oil that is for candy-making.
Don’t mess this one up, people! This is what you’ll need:
The Legend Of The Candy Cane is a fun book to teach your kids about the origins of the candy cane.
6 – Make A Gingerbread House
This is a tradition I loved doing with my kids every year when they were younger. You can either use a pre-made kit or purchase the ingredients yourself.
I always had my kids make their gingerbread houses out of graham crackers. They are inexpensive, so you can buy a lot and build a lot. Sometimes we would get a large piece of cardboard and make an entire village filled with gingerbread houses.
This would also be a fun time to introduce your kids to the story of Hansel and Gretel.
7 – Watch Christmas Movies Together
The top-ten best Christmas movies to include in your line-up are
- The Polar Express
- Elf (My personal favorite)
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- Home Alone
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Frosty the Snowman
- A Christmas Story
- It’s A Wonderful Life
- Jingle All The Way
If you’ve watched the above movies a million-too-many times, try something different like one of these Sci-Fi Christmas movies or movies set during Christmas.
They may be more appropriate for teens to grown-ups.
- Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (*MST3K version)
- Edward Scissorhands
- Batman Returns
- Rare Exports
- Die Hard
- Iron Man 3
*MST3K stands for Mystery Science Theater 3000. They take really bad movies and add quirky, humorous comments. If you need a good laugh, this movie will fit the bill.
For the bingo loving family, use this fun bingo card creator to make your very own Christmas movie bingo cards.
8 – Drive around and enjoy the Christmas Lights
Fill your Christmas travel mugs with hot chocolate and pack some munchies. For the best treat to go with hot chocolate, it’s gotta be these Pepperidge Farm cookies.
Be sure to turn on your favorite Christmas tunes while you drive around. I personally wear out my Michael Bublé and Diana Krall Christmas albums every year. I’m a little obsessed with the both of them.
To add to the fun, print out this scavenger hunt for your kids to do while driving around. Nothing like a little family competition to add to the sugar-high.
9 – Christmas Morning Breakfast
My mom used to make THE BEST Christmas breakfast every year, but she also spent all morning in the kitchen doing it.
I opt for an easy Christmas morning breakfast with this delicious Cinnamon Buns mix.
I round it out with side dishes like hash browns, eggs, fruit and Candycane Cocoa.
And festive disposable Christmas dinnerware will make clean-up a breeze so you can spend more time playing with your kid’s new toys.
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