There’s so much to love about Christmas! But it’s often the Christmas traditions that can be replicated and passed down that are valued the most. They provide the best of holiday memories and an easy way to create something special within your family.
But all traditions have to start somewhere. So if you’re looking for a little inspiration, here are 10 Christmas traditions that deserve to be remembered and repeated every year.
#1: Leaving food out for Santa
One of the most endearing and long-lasting Christmas traditions is leaving some food for Santa. Opt for mince pies or cake, along with a glass of milk or brandy - and don’t forget something for the reindeer! You can put out carrots or opt for something a little more creative, such as specially made ‘reindeer food’.
#2: Elf on a shelf - a firm Christmas traditions favourite
A firm favourite since 2005. Check out our recent article: Elf on the shelf ideas to help get you started. And it’s worth remembering - your elf doesn’t always have to be on a shelf.
#3: Christmas Eve box
Letting everyone open a gift on Christmas eve is a great way to release some of that excitement before the big day. It’s also a good idea to keep them occupied whilst you’re doing last-minute Christmas preparation. Why not give them matching PJs, snacks and a Christmas film to watch?
#4: Family Photo Shoot
We’re always taking casual snaps of our family, but when was the last time you dressed up for the occasion? This annual tradition can help change that and give you a lovely memory to cherish.
#5: Handmade Christmas cards
Handmade Christmas cards are always fun to create and fun to receive. Why not let the children make special cards for grandparents, friends and each other.
#6: Christmas traditions get fashionable
The wearing of Christmas jumpers. Whether you opt for ugly or pretty, fashionable or faddy, it’s up to you - the only rule is you have to wear your jumper all day!
#7: Make Christmas cookies
Christmas cookies don’t have to be complicated, but they have to be colourful. So follow a simple recipe and buy lots of decorating options for your children to get a little creative.
#8: Christmas breakfast
It’s always nice to encourage your children to enjoy spending time in the kitchen, and Christmas breakfast is a fun way to do that. Opt for pancakes and fruit or go all-in on a cooked breakfast.
#9: Christmas giving to those in need
This is a simple way to incorporate giving into your Christmas period. Let your children collect together the toys they no longer play with and leave them in a spare Christmas sack under the tree.
#10: Practice gratitude
Practising gratitude is something we all want our children to do, so actively promote it during the festive season. Encourage them to create handwritten notes of thanks before dinner, thanking others for their gifts. You can then post them or hand-deliver them between Christmas and New Year.