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.
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.
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?