Christmas Traditions to Start as a Family

by | Oct 21, 2018

I’m so excited for the upcoming Christmas season now as a family of 2.  Last year we had a 5 month old so we didn’t start too many traditions because our daughter was still too young to get anything out of it.  This year she’s a walking, talking machine and will be 17 months, so I can’t wait to start making Christmas memories with her.

Here are some ideas for Christmas traditions you can start with your family.  I’m going to try to check as many of these off my bucket list this year.

Go to a tree farm to chop down your tree

Make hot cocoa

Watch Christmas movies

Classics like Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Home Alone, The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol, Jack Frost, Christmas Vacation, The Santa Clause, A Christmas Story, etc.

See a Christmas tree lighting in a local city or town square

Make donations of old clothes or toys to people and children in need

Santa Claus Train Ride

Find your local Polar Express & Christmas train rides with Santa that the kids will love!

Kindness Elves


The Kindness Elves are a new spin on Elf on the Shelf where the Elves leave your child notes with acts of kindness to participate in.  This is a really great concept and I hope that more children will be using these elves.

Breakfast with Santa

Volunteer at a shelter/food bank/nursing home/hospital

Driving around to see the lights on houses

Look up houses in your area that are listed for having the best festive light displays. There are many homes that put their lights to music and attract thousands of viewers.

Keep in outch with Custom Holiday Cards

Make a gingerbread house

Elf on the shelf

Decorate the tree together in your pajamas while dancing to Christmas music

Blonde Haired Girl in Red and Black Dress Shirt

Put up all your home decorations together

Get a new ornament every year or make one

The ornament can symbolize something that has happened the past year, something they accomplished, a new hobby, or something they enjoy.  I also like to get a family photo ornament every year so we can look back and see how our family has grown through the years.  Personalization Mall has a great,afforadble selection of these and it’s easy to add a photo and customize them how you’d like.

Midnight Mass/Church

Singing Christmas carols

Bake Christmas cookies

Beige Cookie With Filling

Write a letter to Santa and send it to the North Pole

Texts from Santa and Emails to Santa are great websites that offer free communication with Santa

Take pictures with Santa

Matching family Christmas pajamas or receiving new pjs Christmas Eve

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What are some of your favorite traditions that you have done as a family?

Hi I’m Marissa!

A mom of two little ones, here to provide some relatable experiences, tips, and tricks to the joys and challenges of pregnancy and childbirth through raising babies and toddlers.  Read more about me here.