Christmas wraps up my favorite time of the year. Fall kicks everything off with this cozy season and then we end celebrating Christmas. Nugget is old enough this year to really enjoy some of my favorite childhood traditions. We are going to try and checkoff all 25 Christmas Traditions for the little ones!
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1. Wrap 25 Christmas books and open one each night.
There is something so exciting about opening a new book and reading what all about adventure! I can remember unpacking our Christmas books when my mom would decorate the house and I would pore over them taking in every word.
2. New Christmas PJs for Christmas Eve
I am a sucker for themed pjs. Nugget has had pjs for every holiday since she was born. Christmas is no exception. We would always wear fun Christmas pjs for Christmas Eve. I still cannot convince the hubby to wear matching family pjs though. Ladies, how do you convince your husbands?
3. Give away gently used toys to kids in need
4. Buy a new ornament each year for the tree
My parents would let my sister and I pick out a new ornament each year to hang on the Christmas tree. When we started our own families she passed on all those ornaments so our trees would not be barren. Nugget has an ornament for every Christmas so far.
5. Neighborhood caroling
6. Attend church on Christmas Eve
7. Host a mom/daughter cookie exchange
I grew up with the five families. My parents have a very close knit group of families that we have known since I was little. These are the five families. Each year the mothers and daughters and now granddaughters get together over the Christmas season and host a gift exchange. It is wonderful to catch up with everyone and reminisce about old times. This year we save a seat for a loved one lost too soon. I know she will be there with us smiling down!
8. Make crockpot hot chocolate
Easy? Check. Delicious? Check. Pinterest LOVES crockpot hot chocolate. Do a search, I promise you will find one that you like.
9. Visit Santa
10. Drive around the neighborhood and look at Christmas lights
When we were little we would pile in the car in our pjs with snacks and hot chocolate and cruise all the neighborhoods with the best Christmas lights. Nothing like rocking the mini van, jamming out to Christmas music. When my husband and I were dating, we had a date night looking at Christmas lights. It is fun at all ages.
11. String popcorn for the tree
12. Snuggle by the fire and watch ABC Family Christmas movies
Seriously, who is not in love with ABC Family Christmas movies? No, seriously. You are missing out!
13. Adopt an Angel Tree Kid for the Holidays
14. Buy an advent calendar
15. Play Michael Buble’s Christmas Pandora Station ALL the TIME
Need I say more? It’s Michael.
16. Take a road trip to see family
17. Go Ice Skating (even in Texas!)
18. Attend your city’s tree lighting ceremony
19. Bake cookies for the Garbage/UPS/FEd Ex/Mail man
All year they work so hard to ensure we are taken care of and now its our turn to give back to them. I have never before seen grown men smile as much as when we passed out cookies.
20. Leave cookies for Santa AND carrots for Rudolph and his reindeer
21. Snowball fight and Snow Angels (not in Texas)
22. Decorate a Gingerbread House
23. Open one small gift on Christmas Eve
24. Donate blankets to local pet shelter
25. Make a pine cone bird feeder for your tree
Take this list with you! I have created a printable for you and your little ones to take with you this season in case a new tradition happens spontaneously! Don’t forget your Christmas shopping. Check out why you should start shopping for Christmas now to help keep your stress and budget under control.