7 Special Christmas Traditions You Need To Start With Your Family

Christmas was always such a special time for me as a child. It still is. My parents worked to make it that way. It was the one time of year we really were spoilt, but that wasn’t what made it so magical. It was the traditions. The things we did year in and year out which made the holiday feel like something so special. I knew that I wanted to continue that with my children and so we’ve come up with some of our own family traditions. They will likely change as our family grows and changes, but the fundamental thing is that we will always be doing them together. Because, to me, Christmas is nothing without family to spend it with.

So, if you’re looking for traditions to adopt or adapt, here is a list just for you:

1. Put Up the Tree As A Family

I remember finding out for the first time that not all families put up the tree together. I was shocked. That’s just the way we had always done it. We always set aside a Saturday afternoon to put up and decorate the tree. Along with that, we made crépes. We only have those once a year on that day so that they’re super special and unique to Christmas. We sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over them and then roll them up.

2. Set Out The Nativity Scene

Again, this is one from my childhood that I’ve carried on with my own family. As we set out the nativity scene, we read the story of the birth of Christ. Each child was able to choose a character or two to set out. I remember battling with my siblings over who was going to get to place baby Jesus down.

3. Buy or Make Advent Calendars

There are a barrage of options these days. We always buy the cheap supermarket advent calendars and I still do to this day. However, there are some really creative DIY options out there now too. As children, we would make paper chains, one for each sleep until Christmas.

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4. View The Lights

I know it isn’t like this everywhere, but where I live people decorate their homes with Christmas lights every year. We as a family would go out and view them sometime before Christmas. My children are very young at the moment, and it doesn’t get dark out until 9 pm during summer, so we don’t do this currently, but we will be once they’re a bit older.

5. Sing Christmas Carols

On Christmas Eve, we as a family loved to circle around the piano and sing a Christmas carol or two!

6. Have A Christmas Eve Box

I got this idea from a friend of mine, and though we haven’t implemented it yet, I think we will in the future. The idea is to have a Christmas Eve box for all of the children to open. In it, there is a pair of new pyjamas for each child and a new DVD that they can watch on Christmas Eve or perhaps on Christmas day.

7. Leave Out Snacks For Santa

The truth is, I never remember believing in Santa as a kid. My parents referred to him but I always knew they were the ones behind it all. However, we loved to leave a snack out for Santa (aka Dad). Usually, it was a glass of coke and a biscuit or two.


I hope these give you a jumping off point to make some wonderful Christmas traditions and memories with your family. Leave me a comment and let me know what your favourite Christmas tradition is.

Until next time!

This post is one of several Christmas themed posts written by the lovely ladies of the Babywise Friendly Blogging Network! You can read the rest of the posts via the links below:

The Symbolism Behind Your Christmas Decorations

Christmas Gift Guide for 8-10 Year Old Girls

Creative Gift Ideas for 3 Year Olds

How To Manage The Holidays

5 Five Minute Christmas STEM Activities

110 Advent Calendar Activities

Hi! I'm Christine...a stay-at-home mum to two tiny humans. My constant focus is having my home run as smoothly as possible. Keeping two kids alive, and maintaining my sanity is also a priority. Most Saturday nights, you can find me hunkered down watching Grey's Anatomy, and hopefully nibbling on some chocolate. :)

  • Carissa Link

    I LOVE the Christmas Eve Box! Though, I don’t have children yet – it would still be fun for the hubs and I (maybe include our pups?! haha). But every year we spend one (or a couple, really) nights going driving around to look at Christmas lights, as well as putting up the tree together. Such great traditions you mentioned!! 🙂

    • Christine Keys

      Absolutely! Thanks. 🙂

  • Kimberly

    We do the Christmas Eve Box too, although we don’t call it that. 🙂 We just all get Christmas pajamas. Traditions are the best. My boys LOVE their advent calendars and doing the tree and my husband and I enjoy doing the Nativity set more than they do for now. 🙂

    • Christine Keys

      I love advent calendars still! 🙂

  • Angela

    We do most of these things, but I need to get a nativity this year! I absolutely love looking at the lights and putting up the tree together. Man, now I can’t wait for Christmas!

    • Christine Keys

      I have my mother’s old nativity so it is extra special. 🙂

  • Rachel Catherine

    These are all such fun traditions and I love doing all of these with my kids. I always love the holidays!

    • Christine Keys

      Me too! Holidays are such fun. 😀

  • Ashley Solberg

    These are all so great! We’ve done jammies for Christmas Eve, but not thought to do a full box! So fun!

    • Christine Keys

      Thanks!

  • Leah Jones

    Great list! I love #6

    • Christine Keys

      Such a fun idea, right?!