10 FAMILY CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS TO START THIS YEAR

10 FAMILY CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS TO START THIS YEAR

Oh Christmas. It really is such a magical time of year isn’t it?

I am a huge, huge fan of christmas. Everything about it is exciting.

Seeing the Christmas lights go up in every town, getting to wrap up cosy, putting up the tree and decorations, watching Miracle on 34th street, drinking mulled wine, Christmas shopping, all that food, family time, oh and Christmas themed coffee, yum!

My favourite thing about Christmas is family traditions. I think Christmas is even more exciting when you have children.

10 Christmas Traditions To Start This Year

When I was younger my mum used to make Christmas feel like it was something really special. It was really family orientated and we had lots of little family Christmas traditions that we’d do every year.

We used to make the Christmas cake together, decorate the tree, go on a hunt for the best Christmas lights and have pictures taken on Christmas Eve with our sacks.

Who am I kidding, we still do all of this now. Well, apart from the picture!

Last year for Evie’s first Christmas, I made sure that we started some family Christmas traditions of our own. Christmas has always felt so magical for me, and even now as an adult I feel an overwhelming sense of excitement when that first Christmas song comes on the radio. I really want Evie to grow up feeling the same about this time of year.

Here’s the 10 family Christmas traditions that we’ve started:

1. Decorate the tree together –

It felt so special last year going to pick the Christmas tree with Jamie and Evie, bringing it home, putting on some Christmas songs and decorating it together. Evie much preferred to rip up the tinsel though.

2. Have a picture taken with Santa –

We didn’t manage to do this one last year, but I think it’ll be a great way to see how much Evie has changed every year. I can’t wait for her to be really excited about Santa.

3. Make Christmas cake with Grandma –

This has been a Christmas tradition since I was small. Every year we’d write the date and who made the cake on the baking parchment that surrounded the cake. We still have the same piece of paper at my Mums house, dating all the way back to the early 90’s and last year got to carry on the tradition with Evie for the first time.

4. Do a good deed, help/donate –

I love this idea. Whether it’s clothes, food or just donating time or helping people out. Christmas should be about giving and not just to your family.

5. Write a letter to Santa –

I never really did this as a child, but I’d love for Evie to write letters when she’s a bit older. They’d make a really cute keepsake.

6. Christmas lights tour with blankets, pjs & popcorn –

I love this idea. To put the little ones in their pjs, give them little tubs of popcorn and pile them in the car and go on a tour of the best Christmas lights in the area.

7. Christmas movie night –

This is going to be one of my favourite Christmas traditions. Every year we’re going to put on a Christmas movie together and sit and watch it with hot chocolate and treats.

8. Christmas Eve box with pjs & a book –

Last year we made Evie a Christmas Eve box with some new Christmas pjs, a dress to wear on Christmas day, a Christmas themed book to read before bed and some treats. I think it’s such a fun thing to get to open on Christmas Eve.

9. Mince pie, carrot & a drink –

When I was small my mum used to get us to put out some homemade mince pies, a glass of sherry and a carrot for Santa and the reindeer. This is one we’re definitely going to carry on with Evie.

10. Christmas sack picture, before & after –

This is another Christmas tradition that I’m bringing across from my own childhood. Every year mum used to take a picture of us holding our empty sacks before bed and then first thing in the morning we’d get a second picture with all of our presents.

If you liked this post, be sure to check out our ‘Christmas Gift Guide For Children‘ and have a peek at what’s on our Christmas bookshelf.

What do you think of our Christmas traditions? Are there any Christmas traditions that you and your family do every year? Or are you planning on starting some? 

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  1. November 16, 2015 / 8:26 am

    Aww i had this very thought and posted a few days back. Traditions seem more important when you have your own child. My favourite tradition im going to start is the night before xmas box 🙂

    • November 17, 2015 / 11:52 am

      Ohhh i’m off for a read now. I love to hear about other peoples Christmas traditions too. It’s so lovely to make family traditions isn’t it, it really makes Christmas so much more magical. We did the Christmas Eve box last year, I think it’s perfect because it’s a little bit of excitement the night before.x

  2. November 17, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    I love your list – especially the Christmas Eve box idea. Buying and putting up the tree is always a big one for us. We also have a tradition of getting out our box of children’s Christmas books – some I love from childhood, others are new discoveries. We also always try and make time for a walk on the big day itself!

    • November 19, 2015 / 9:55 am

      I’m really looking forward to making the Christmas eve box again this year. It’s so fun to put together. I love your traditions with the christmas books and the walk on Christmas day. I love Christmas, it’s so magical isn’t it. x

  3. November 17, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    I love this, Chloe! Some really great traditions! We want to start doing a Christmas Eve box this year and T’s already made Christmas cake with Grandma. Christmas is just so magical once you have children!

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:24 am

      Thank you so much Helen! It really is magical once you have children. We can’t wait to make our Christmas cake with Grandma too. It’s such a cute tradition to continue. xx

  4. November 20, 2015 / 8:03 am

    I love Christmas traditions! I have some that I’ve started since having kids and some I’ve brought with me from my own childhood! My favourites are baking sausage rolls on Christmas morning and new pj’s for the kids on Christmas Eve!

    • November 20, 2015 / 5:42 pm

      Awww i love the sound of making sausage rolls on Christmas morning. I bet your house smells amazing when they’re cooking! I think it’s so exciting putting on new pjs on Christmas Eve as well. I love Christmas!!! xx

  5. November 20, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    These are great ideas! We always donate and give to those less fortunate at christmas and its a good thing to tach my daughter!- Angela x

    • November 21, 2015 / 8:04 pm

      Thank you so much. I think it’s such a good thing to teach. It’s something we really all should do more of. x

  6. November 20, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    This is lovely, we are starting a Christmas eve box this year, I just love the idea and have also bought a special plate to put out for santa and the reindeer we have started trying to go to a Christmas hymms service too. I do so love Christmas! x

    • November 21, 2015 / 8:05 pm

      We have a cute little plate too! 😀 Ohh I love the idea of going to a Christmas hymms service. That would be so magical! x

  7. November 20, 2015 / 10:27 pm

    Oh I’m so with you on loving Christmas. We have an advent activities tradition (I’ll do a post about it shortly) where we do a little Christmas activities every night in December. I love that you are adopting things from your childhood for your daughter. Enjoy!

    • November 21, 2015 / 8:06 pm

      I can’t wait till December so we can go crazy for Christmas. I’ll definitely look out for that post! That sounds amazing! x

  8. November 23, 2015 / 8:14 am

    Love these! A lot of our traditions revolve around food! Every year at least two of us in the family make cheese straws and sausage rolls. Hoping to begin a few with my son these year that we never did has kids – like sending letters to family and making salt dough decorations 🙂

    • November 23, 2015 / 11:33 pm

      Mmmmm I love homemade sausage rolls and cheese straws. That’s such lovely traditions those. I love the idea of making decorations and sending letters too. xxx

  9. November 23, 2015 / 10:58 am

    I’m not a massive fan of Christmas but too much for me but I think a couple of these traditions will help to make it a lot better. #MarvMondays

    • November 23, 2015 / 11:35 pm

      I definitely think Christmas traditions make it feel a lot more magical. I don’t think Christmas should be all about present giving. Just doing special things. x

  10. November 23, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    Great post! we always leave mince pie and a carrot with a glass of milk before bed. I like the before and after photo.. sounds great x

    • November 23, 2015 / 11:39 pm

      Thank you so much. We do that too, it’s such a cute little tradition isn’t it. x

  11. November 23, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    I love these! We did a Christmas eve box last year too and we’ll definitely be carrying it on through the Christmases to come. I really like the idea of a Christmas lights tour in pj’s with a blanket and popcorn. Might just gave to adopt this one too. Thank you for sharing. Dawn x #marvmondays

    • November 23, 2015 / 11:39 pm

      I love building Christmas eve boxes. We can’t wait till Evie is old enough to appreciate the christmas lights tour, for now it’s just us adults that get to enjoy it. x

  12. November 23, 2015 / 3:08 pm

    Some great inspiration here! This is the first year that my daughter really understands Christmas so I’m looking forward to starting some traditions, love the tour of Xmas lights idea!

    • November 23, 2015 / 11:41 pm

      Thank you so much!! Aww our daughter is starting to understand this year too. It makes it so much more magical and exciting! x

  13. November 23, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    Oh, lovely. My mum always makes fudge every year and always bought us pyjamas for Christmas Eve but I think I’ll go for the Christmas Eve box thing.

    One that’s not so much for children is that we always toast to ‘absent friends and relations’ at 11am on Christmas morning. Just with a little glass of port or something (though, the kids can join in with orange juice!). The idea is all of your family are also toasting at the same time in their own homes and you can also remember any friends/family who have passed away.

    #MarvMondays

    • November 23, 2015 / 11:42 pm

      Ohhh I love fudge. So yummy. I love the idea of new pjs on Christmas eve. I love that idea of the toast. I think that’s such a beautiful idea. xx

  14. November 23, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    Such a cute post! We started our family traditions last weekend, baking our Christmas Cake. I have such lovely childhood memories of the Christmas cake baking afternoon with the aroma of the cake baking wafting through the house all weekend! #MarvMondays

    • November 23, 2015 / 11:43 pm

      Thank you so much. Mmmm I know exactly what you mean, you can’t beat the smell of christmas cake cooking. x

  15. November 23, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    I love your traditions! It’s my daughter’s first Christmas this year so we’ve been deciding what we want to do. We’ve done the Christmas light switch on, and I’m planning on doing Elf on the Shelf and the Christmas Eve box. We’re doing the shoebox donation this year, but hopefully money will be slightly less tight next year so we can do the council santa appeal too. x #MarvMondays

    • November 23, 2015 / 11:48 pm

      Awww I love the idea of going to a light switch on and elf on the shelf too! The donation idea is right up our street too. What beautiful traditions to start. x

  16. November 23, 2015 / 11:36 pm

    That sounds so amazing. I love Miracle on 34th Street. I’ve never tried egg nog but really want to. It sounds magical. x

  17. November 24, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    I am thinking of writing a similar post myself! We like to make a gingerbread house together, watch movies and this year I would really love to cut our own tree! I adore Christmas time – especially with kids!

    • November 24, 2015 / 8:34 pm

      Aww I love the idea of making a gingerbread house together! Christmas is such a magical family time. x

  18. November 24, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    What lovely traditions. I love number 6. I love looking at other people’s gardens. There’s one in the area that always looks amazing each year.
    I’m from Germany so our traditions are a bit different but because I live in Ireland for the last 9 years we kind of do a mix of everything.

    • November 25, 2015 / 10:08 am

      I’d love to hear about other country traditions. I love looking at the lights in other peoples gardens. It’s so magical x

  19. November 27, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    Love this! We did the Xmas Eve box last year but A was only 1 so I think he’ll enjoy it more this year. Also, I’ve bought him a sack but didn’t think of taking before and after pictures so thanks for that idea! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays! Kaye xo

    • November 29, 2015 / 7:04 pm

      We did the xmas eve box last year and decorated the tree with Evie but she mostly chewed on baubles because she was a little bit small. This year she’s a bit more aware but next year is going to be incredibly exciting!!! I hope you have a lovely, fun lead up to Christmas!! 😀 Thank you for hosting. x

  20. December 18, 2015 / 10:36 am

    I love Christmas traditions too! We do several of these ones – putting up the Christmas tree together, making the Christmas cake with Nan and putting out the mince pie, carrot and drink for Santa! I really like the idea of going on a Christmas lights tour, it sounds lovely.

    • December 19, 2015 / 7:51 am

      Christmas traditions are so much better than gifts aren’t they. It’s what makes Christmas magical. The Christmas lights tour is so much fun! Especially wrapped up all warm with popcorn in the car and flasks of hot chocolate. x

  21. December 19, 2015 / 11:30 am

    Oh I love Christmas traditions. Decorating the tree together and putting a mince pie, drink and carrot out were favourites of mine as a child. I can’t wait wait until Luke is able to write letters to Santa – I’ve read some of my old ones and they’re hilarious! Xx

    • December 19, 2015 / 5:16 pm

      They’re what make Christmas magical aren’t they!! Ohhh I can’t wait to be able to do letters to Santa too! They’ll be such a lovely keepsake for when they’re older! 😀 x

  22. November 17, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    You have some lovely traditions. I’m very much with you on Christmas being all the more exciting with children.

    Our family shares some traditions with you – decorating the tree together (I have no idea how people do this without the children!) and also the Christmas Eve box with book and pjs where we also put a movie in too and watch it on Christmas Eve together. One thing me and Alexander do together – as Daddy is at work during the day time of Christmas Eve – is bake cookies for Santa because our Santa likes cookies and milk as a refreshment.

    Such a lovely post that has got me in the fuzzy festive mood!

    • November 17, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      I love the idea of baking cookies for Santa. Christmas is made so magical with family traditions isn’t it? They have something to look forward to other than just gifts on Christmas day. x

  23. Laura - Autumn's Mummy
    October 22, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Aww, I love these ideas! It’s mt little one’s second Christmas this year, but we didn’t really do anything like this as she was only 3 months old. I’m looking forward to starting some traditions this year 🙂

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