Here is a list of some new Christmas Eve traditions that you can start this year with your family:
What’s one of your favorite Christmas movies? Does your family have a collective favorite? It’s a great time to pick out a movie or even a few and have a family movie night filled with hot cocoa, blankets, and popcorn. This is an easy and simple way to have everyone together and sharing a moment.
Santa is coming on Christmas Eve, so it’s important to have fresh cookies and milk ready for when he arrives. Baking and decorating cookies is a perfect family activity to prep for the special guest to arrive. You could get fun holiday cookie cutters and cut different shapes into a sugar cookie dough. If baking isn’t your thing you can easily buy sugar cookies from the store and make cookies that look like ornaments, or give the kids three cookies each to make and decorate a snowman.
Baking is not always for everyone, if it is, then you can bake your own gingerbread structure. But there are so many pre-baked gingerbread kits for all different styles. This is a fun way to all come together and participate in an activity. If your kids are a little younger, you can all do one together. If you have older kids, make it a Christmas competition and have a gingerbread decorating contest!
This year is a perfect time to go see all the lights in your neighborhood by taking a drive around and look at all the lights. Many towns have Christmas light shows, which is a strip of road completely decorated with all kinds of lights. The holidays can be so hectic this is something that’s more chill and can be a lot of fun. Be sure to bring hot cocoa and popcorn or any other Christmas treats for the ride.
Some people have a tradition of opening one present on Christmas Eve. However, this tradition has a lot of different varieties. Some traditions are opening one present as a whole family, usually being a game or movie that you can enjoy that night. Others will have everyone open matching pajamas. Some all open one small present just to ease some of the anticipation. Either way, this is a really nice tradition to add the night before the big day and to enjoy the time with one another.
Hopefully this inspires you to be festive and merry! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!