2020 has been quite the year, and now Christmas is approaching. You are maybe trying to think of different ways to celebrate and spread Christmas cheer throughout your family while keeping everyone safe. Now is a great time to really appreciate this time together as a family and begin new Christmas traditions!
Good news, Christmas traditions can be started at any time! They don’t have to be something you did as a child or what you did on your child’s first Christmas. It can be something as small as watching a movie, building a gingerbread house, or going sledding. Here are a few of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions.
We usually pick a night, pop some popcorn, cuddle up, and watch a movie together as a family. All of our kids are under the age of five, so we stick to more of the cartoon-type movies. Some of the movies that are favorites in our house are The Star, Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. It is something so simple, but our kids look forward to watching Christmas movies together every year. Need a list to get you started? We’ve got one here!
Christmas Eve Supper
Growing up, my family always made prime rib and twice-baked potatoes for Christmas Eve supper. I have no idea how my family came up with this meal, but I can tell you I vividly remember eating it, even as a very young kid. Meals don’t have to be super fancy or time-intensive. I know a lot of people who make spaghetti or order Chinese food for their suppers. And it doesn’t even have to be a certain meal, maybe you just want to make a special dessert on Christmas Eve each year. Want to skip the cooking? Order Christmas dinner takeout from a local restaurant!
Usually around this time of year I get together with my mom, sister, grandma, and my kids and have a day or two of baking all the holiday goodies. We make them well in advance of Christmas and a lot of the treats are able to freeze really well. The usual favorites are always included: sugar cookie cut-outs, peanut butter blossoms, fudge, homemade caramels, but we also try new recipes every year too. We start off the morning bright and early, listen to Christmas songs, and just enjoy the day together. It is a really fun time for us to be with each other. Check out our list of favorite recipes here!
Who doesn’t love to look at Christmas lights? Once everyone has all of their Christmas lights up, we pack up the kids and drive around to look at the lights. We do this at least once a week, if not more, and it is so much fun to hear the kids get excited about the lights. Check out this post for ideas on where to look at Christmas lights here in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
This is something I started when my oldest was a two-year-old. I scour the Internet to find ideas for DIY Christmas ornaments. We have done many projects over the years, from salt dough ornaments to candy canes made out of beads to putting fuzzy balls in clear plastic bulbs. It really is a special time and each year when we put up our tree, my kids love looking at all of the ornaments we have made in past years.
Creating Christmas Memories
This year is a wildcard when it comes to if extended family may be able to come for Christmas or not. Do what you can to make the most out of this Christmas with your kids by spending that extra special time with them. After all, it isn’t about what’s under your tree that’s important, it’s about who you spend it with.