1. Opening pajamas on Christmas Eve
Every year my Mom would buy everyone in the family funny pajamas to open on Christmas Eve. Recently she switched to onsies, which has made for some pretty iconic family photos. My husband and I have carried on this tradition together. We typically pick the funniest thing we can find (Chewbacca, Dinosaur suit, Eeyore etc.)
2. Baking goodies for people who deserve It
“We used to spend all day Christmas eve making cookies and then that night take them out the to men and women having to work the gates on base. I loved seeing their faces when they saw the plates full of goodies.” -Shelby
3. Cooking a special Christmas breakfast
Try finding a special meal to make Christmas morning. Our go to? Biscuits and gravy. You could also try pancakes, waffles, or cinnamon rolls. It adds to the fun to have something special that you don’t normally make at home.
4. One gag gift
This is a must for me! There is nothing like having a good laugh on Christmas morning. It has quickly become a competition of who can find the funniest gift. Gag gifts are also an inexpensive to way to bring a smile to your loved ones faces.
5. Have a Christmas movie countdown
Pick your 7 favorite Christmas movies and have a marathon the week before Christmas. Some of my favorites? Elf, Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful life, Charlie Brown Christmas, The Holiday, The Santa Claus, and The Grinch. If you are in the mood for a hilarious corny movie, make sure to check out A Christmas Prince on Netflix.
6. Go to a tree lighting
Cue the Christmas magic! We have already crossed this one off our holiday bucket list.
7. A Christmas program
My Grandma was a choir teacher for years, and she would never pass up the opportunity to put on a show. So every Christmas Eve my huge Mexican family would get together for the infamous Christmas program. We sang a HUGE packet of Christmas carols, we were encouraged to showcase a talent, we read the Christmas story, and opened presents. These programs lasted about 3 hours! My family is pretty theatrical, but there is something special about singing carols with my favorite people. This is my favorite holiday tradition.
8. Christmas Cards On The Tree
“My family always bought Christmas cards for each member of the family and propped them on the tree branches. When Christmas morning came, we would open our cards from our family and then gifts. They would write our names on a card for each of us.” -Abigail
9. Go for a walk to see Christmas lights
“We started this before when we were first dating, but we always take one night and go get Starbucks and walk through a Christmas light park. It’s such a fun time to just walk hand in hand through the magic of twinkle lights.” -Nikki
10. Guess which gifts are yours
“My Mom will get each kid a different wrapping paper and won’t label them. We don’t know whose is which wrapping paper, and then on Christmas morning we’ll put all the presents into groups and each kids will get to guess which paper is theirs. She’ll tell us if we were right or wrong, and we keep going until we find which pile is ours!” -Hailey
Which tradition do you want to add your list this year?
Let me know in the comments what you love to do with your family during the holidays!
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