What do you do every year? What are your family Christmas traditions?
I often try to start new traditions, and never uphold them from year to year. This year I started thinking about what we actually do every single year. And while it’s not glamorous and over the top, it works for us and the kids look forward to it every year.
Maybe it’s the simplicity of it that I love.
My husband recently told me his thoughts about traditions. What’s the point of them if you feel stressed out keeping them up? I thought about that and it really makes sense. Why would I want to keep doing something over and over again if I just feel bad when I’m doing it?
Simplicity really works, especially with the holidays.
How do you celebrate during the holidays? Do you get all dolled up and sparkly? Or do you keep it low key and comfortable?
This is how we celebrate… very low key. Very comfortable.
These are our family Christmas traditions that we do every year.
I encourage you to share yours in the comments too. But I also encourage you to keep it simple and make sure you love the traditions you do every year. Don’t make this season harder than it already is with everything that’s going on.
Countdown to Christmas
Beginning December 1st for the 25 days to Christmas, we do a Christmas countdown in some form or fashion. Last year, it was a Christmas Countdown Chain. We also have a felt Christmas tree that we put one ornament on every day until we get to the top and add the star on Christmas Day.
We don’t go overboard with crafts for the holidays, because I tend to stress out if I have big plans and try to follow through. My goal every year is to do a holiday craft with the kids at some point in December. That’s about it. We’ve always managed at least one, if not several if our moods allow. Ideas: 25 easy Christmas crafts for kids
This is a tradition from my childhood. And we still do it with my mom. Usually it’s the Saturday after my birthday (on the 4th, you bet it’s today, and yes, I’m expecting you to email me and say Happy Birthday!). We make all sorts of chocolate candies, including peanut butter cups, Oreo balls (what we call Reindeer Poop), Mints, and a Norwegian tradition, Krumkake, just to name a few.
Decorating for Christmas
Of course we decorate for Christmas! We turn the Christmas music on and get in the spirit of Christmas the first week of December and decorate the Christmas tree with lights and ornaments, including some homemade ornaments we’ve made each year. Idea: Decorate the kids rooms too!
Christmas Charlie Brown
We always, always, always watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as play the Linus & Lucy song on our player piano. We watch other Christmas movies as well, but this one’s a given. We watch it every single year, and usually every week in the week’s leading up to Christmas, and after. Idea: Turn a movie into a scavenger hunt!
Of course we also have the family Christmases on Christmas Eve and Day and the days after.
As you can see, we’re pretty laid back during the holiday season. We continue with the messiness of crafts and activities as usual through the holiday season.
My husband and I are both self-employed. We don’t have any holiday work parties to attend and get all dolled up for. We’re always found in our casual clothes so that it’s okay to get messy and lounge around.
But it is fun to dress up for the family Christmases!
10 family Christmas traditions other families are doing:
- Christmas Countdown with Books from 3 Dinosaurs
- Handmade Christmas Cards Tradition from True Aim Education.
- Elf on the Shelf from East Coast Mommy
- Writing a Letter to Santa from East Coast Mommy
- Advent calendars from Planet Smarty
- Rice Crispie candy houses from The Chaos and the Clutter
- An empty box for holiday memories from The Good Long Road
- Go on Christmas dates from Every Star is Different
- Write a letter to your child from Love Play & Learn
- “We go to Christmas Eve mass then out for a fancy dinner. When we get home, the kids open one present from Mom & Dad and put on new Christmas PJs. Then my husband reads The Night Before Christmas as their bedtime story. In the morning, we have cinnamon rolls and listen to Christmas music while we open presents.” – Laura of Sunny Day Family
What family Christmas traditions do you have? How do you dress up for the holidays?
Bonus! Share what you think: Is it better to give or to receive?