Planning to create some memories with your family this Christmas? Why don’t you try some Christmas Eve traditions with your family to enjoy this holiday season. Christmas holidays are a great time to create some great memories and spend quality time with your family.
Leaving behind the stress of your daily life get together with your family this Christmas Eve to try some old and new traditions together in your house. Children and adults both love Christmas so why not come together to create a new Christmas tradition with your family.
Want to learn some Christmas Eve traditions that you can enjoy with your family? Then you must read this article as we have listed 12 Christmas Eve traditions you can enjoy doing with your family.
12 Christmas Eve Traditions To Enjoy With Your Family
Here are 12 Christmas Eve traditions that you can enjoy doing with your family.
Open A Gift
While Christmas only lasts for a day, the excitement about Christmas starts from December itself. So why don’t you heighten this excitement more by opening a gift each day leading up to Christmas. This will make your family look forward to the Christmas month instead of getting all the gifts together in Christmas after waiting for them the whole December.
Read A Book In Christmas Eve
During Christmas the weather is usually not great for going out and enjoying outdoors. Hence why Christmas holidays are enjoyed indoors with your family. Why don’t you make a tradition of picking a Christmas theme book and reading it with your kids to spend your Christmas Eve.
Pair it with a hot chocolate and marshmallows snacks and kids will love this tradition and look forward to it.
Create A Hot Chocolate Bar
Speaking of hot chocolate, why don’t you create a hot chocolate bar with you’re a family. Hot chocolate is loved by all, be it young or adults. So create a Christmas Eve tradition to set up a customized hot chocolate station.
You can keep toppings like pretzels, crushed candy canes, chocolate chips, marshmallows, whipped cream, cinnamon and nutmeg powders, any topping your family likes. Along side these topping keep the usual ingredients for hot chocolate like cocoa powder, sugar, milk, warm water, coco-filled bombs, whiskey and Irish cream (adults).
Make A Cookie Tree
Who doesn’t like cookies? Christmas is a time when we bake a lot from cakes to cookies. Why don’t you create a cookie tree by making star-shaped cookies and staking them up to create a Christmas cookie tree.
You can bake these cookies with your whole family, especially kids as they love cookies and make it a Christmas Eve tradition.
Try On New Jammies
Make a Christmas Eve tradition of trying out new pajamas especially holiday themed. Wear these new Christmas jammies in Christmas Eve and wake up nice and cozy on Christmas morning.
‘Hue-guh’ a Danish way of life that means many thing like warm ambiance and warm atmosphere, enjoying cozy night with your family indoors in a winter night and being with loved ones embracing the warm and fuzzy feeling of the holiday season.
Cozy up with your family on Christmas Eve and enjoy the night drinking with your spouse or boyfriend and if you have kids then come together and create a cozy night sharing stories, singing and drinking hot chocolate and champagne.
Make Santa Dust
Make Santa Dust with your family on Christmas Eve and evolve your Christmas decoration. Santa dust making is straightforward that you can do with your family and create lots of memories. The process requires colored sugar, herb, oats, crushed candy canes or anything your family like to eat.
You can add edible glitter or shiny and sparkly ingredients and decorate your Christmas dishes especially desserts like cakes, pudding or cookies.
Take A Same Picture Every Christmas Eve
Make a tradition of taking pictures on Christmas Eve to capture the memories that pass on from generation to generation. These pictures will not only be a visual representation of your children and your family’s growth but go on to become a lovely tradition for next generations as well.
Zoom With You Family
Although most of us spend Christmas Eve and Christmas with our own family but make a tradition to Zoom call your close family as well. You can make a group video call with your close relatives or extended family on Christmas Eve and have a gala time catching up.
This will make a wonderful memory and tradition that you can enjoy on Christmas Eve.
Feast Of Seven Fishes
Christmas Eve are filled with family get-togethers with several dishes made to create a feast to celebrate the holidays. Take a note out from the Italian Christmas celebration book and make a feast of seven fishes.
Fish are traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve as a religious custom of fasting away from meat on this holiday. You can choose any seven fishes as per your family’s and your preference. Although salted cod and fried smelts are some of the traditional fishes eaten on Christmas Eve.
You can make seafood pasta or crab dip, or sweet crab rangoon or seafood pizza, shrimp appetizers, fried calamari, pasta with fish sauce, etc. You can also make a potluck style feast on Christmas Eve.
Make a bûche de noël
One of the best dessert to make with your family on Christmas Eve is bûche de noël, a French inspired cake that look likes a log. This is a rolled sponge cake filled with buttercream and decorated with cherries and chocolate shavings and ganache.
Sprinkle the log cake with holly and sugar powder to create the snow covered log look that become the high point of your Christmas table.
Visit A Nursing Home
Want to create a Christmas Eve tradition that’s meaningful and teach your family about giving, then visit a nursing home. Visit any senior care facility or nursing home with your family and spend some time and company with people who are away from family or without any family on Christmas Eve. Meeting new people to talk with on these days will light up anyone’s mood, especially seeing families with little children visit elderly.
Let you kids sing a Christmas carol or poem or tell a story or just a simple chat will make these senior people happy. After all, old people love kids and kids also learn about things more that materials goods they get for Christmas.
Let us know what Christmas eve traditions you followed in your own family. Were some of these traditions same as the above listed traditions?