No more elaborate Christmas traditions. Less is more, and an easy activity can still be the most memorable of the season. Here are 10 Easy Christmas Traditions that you can actually keep year after year.
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Easy Christmas Traditions
Sometimes the best traditions aren’t planned, but just happen out of the delight of the holiday.
1. The Perfect Christmas Tree
One of my favorite Christmas traditions was getting to decorate the tree all by myself. It started when I was about 7 years old and looked like a mess the first year, but it got a lot better as the years went by. My grandmother always said it looked perfect.
Now that my children are doing the tree, I understand why grandma said that; she found joy in my delight. Who cares what it looked like, it was in a happy home.
2. Christmas Cards
This sounds like a big job, and it is if you send them out to everyone you can think of. We used to do that, but time and money are limited. My girls love crafting so they make a few handmade cards every year and send them to different people that they love.
3. A Free Light Show
One of my cousins proposed to his girlfriend at a Christmas light show. I had never seen one; tens of thousands of flashing Christmas lights on one building, dancing to blaring music. You really need sunglasses to watch a big one like that.
They don’t appeal to me as much as the free light shows that I went to in the back of my mom’s old Chrysler. We took hot cocoa in a thermos and drove around town with soft Christmas music playing on the radio; she always new where the best decorated houses were.
4. Finding Jesus
Sometimes the best gift we can give is some encouragement to other Christians. Have you ever had a stranger come up to you and thank you for something unexpected? Go looking for Jesus in people’s yards and do just that. Thank them with this free printable on their doorstep for keeping Christ in Christmas!
5. An Act of Kindness
We always try to do at least one thing to stir up compassion and generosity in our children. Sometimes we deliver goodies to the neighbors, other times we give thank you cards to people in the community, or bring a meal to someone in need. It doesn’t need to be elaborate or anything planned, there are lots of random acts of kindness you can do to spread the Christmas Cheer.
6. Christmas Eve
Some people don’t like this tradition, but I love it. It’s a sneak peak into what’s to come on Christmas Morning. Who doesn’t want that? Ok, maybe it’s just because I’m so impatient and can’t keep secrets. We always let our children open one gift on Christmas eve.
7. Christmas Movie
We have 1 – 3 movies that we only get to watch on Christmas eve. Think they get old? No way! We love being able to recite, lines and sing the movie songs together.
8. Christmas Slumber Party
My kids do this more than just at Christmas time in our bed. But for some reason, if you change up the room, kids think it’s a whole new thing. So we get out all the blankets and camp out in the living room on Christmas eve, for a family slumber party. A tickle fest before sleep is a must!
9. Christmas Morning
The movies where the kids come running down the stairs to rip open their presents, that never happened in my home. No one wanted to open gifts alone.? We always waited for everyone to gather around the tree. Then we passed out gifts and took turns opening them. It was really fun to see what everyone else got and to be able to say thank yous and give hugs.
10. The Christmas Story
Sometimes it’s hard with the ribbons, lights, and ornaments to bring a child’s mind back into focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Now, before any presents are opened, we dress our best and read about the birth of Christ. We remember God’s gift to us, and what an amazing gift that was!
What Christmas traditions do you have in your family? I’d love to hear them!
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