Posted on December 23, 2016

10 Adorable Christmas Eve Traditions to Start with Your Family

Christmas Eve Traditions

Traditions are a wonderful way to spend time together with your family.  They are the stuff that memories are made of and many times these traditions are handed down from generation to generation.  Christmas time is the perfect time of year to start traditions!  Check out this list of some of our family’s favorite things that we look forward to every year on or right around Christmas Eve.

1.  Make a Christmas Eve box

Christmas Eve Box

2. Make reindeer food to sprinkle on the lawn for Santa’s reindeer.

Magical Reindeer Food

3. Make some extra room in the play room before Santa arrives.  Have your kids take the Christmas Toy Challenge – no elf required!

A Christmas Toy Challenge

4. Take a car ride around the neighborhood to look at the Christmas lights!  We call this “Griswolding.”  We put the kids in their pajamas and serve up popcorn and hot chocolate in the car.  We crank up the Christmas tunes on the radio and drive around for an hour or so looking at the lights!

This local light display is in Harleysville, PA.

harleysville lights

5. After Santa has visited your house, set the crock pot up with this Slow Cooker Candy Cane French Toast recipe and wake up to a breakfast that has cooked itself!  (Note: You’ll want to start it later at night and on the lowest temperature so it doesn’t overcook.)

Candy Cane French Toast

6.  Take pictures of the kids silhouetted against the Christmas tree lights.  I have ALWAYS wanted to learn how to do this!!  I finally took some time this year to practice and then practice some more.

Here are the settings I used while shooting on manual mode:

ISO – 1600
F – 3.5
SS – 1/10

A tripod is handy, though I didn’t break mine out for this picture.  The kids will have to hold still, so if all else fails, I suggest a little bribery.  ;)

Kids in Front of Tree

7. Set up a hot cocoa bar.  You can make it as simple or as extravagant as you want, as long as you have the hot cocoa, you’re in business!  We love throwing together some marshmallow snowmen for our hot cocoa bar!

Marshmallow Snowmen

8.  Have an indoor snowball fight!  Our kids (okay, the adults too) can’t get enough of these!

snowball bucket

9.  Capture the moment with a chalkboard sign.  Big or small, handmade or store-bought, chalk or markers – it doesn’t matter what you choose.  Write the date on your signage of choice and snap a pic!

Kids on Christmas Chalkboard Sign

10.  Make a gingerbread house (or village)!  Okay, you can seriously pick these kits up for just a few dollars at stores like ALDI, AC Moore, Michael’s, Walmart, Amazon, etc.  Landon and I made this gingerbread house together at his preschool.  His teachers had already assembled the houses by simply hot glue gunning some graham crackers onto the top half of a cardboard milk/juice container.  So smart!!

Preschool Gingerbread houses

Remember!  It doesn’t matter how many traditions you pick or to what extent you do them – the only thing that matters is that you spend some quality time with those who are the most important to you!

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Traditions with Kids

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