This year I decided I really want to start some Christmas traditions with my family. Traditions are a big part of what make holidays and events special and fun! Traditions within your family are the best kind because they bring the family together and strengthen your bond. Warms the heart just to think about it!
I’m not the super creative type to come up with new traditions on my own, so I love it when people share their ideas and their favorites. Favorite traditions are worth sharing!
My family is going to start having homemade pizza for our Christmas Eve dinner. Everyone in my family loves pizza (even the super picky ones) and we even have some involvement in a local pizza restaurant. So it makes total sense for my family and I’m so glad that someone shared that tradition with us! You can make pizza as easy or fancy as you want. You can use all store-bought ingredients, or purchase the dough or sauce from your favorite local pizzeria, or make most of it from scratch. The topping options are plenty. Whatever works. Love it. Doing it. Here are some of our pizza recipes to get your started!
Next new-to-us tradition: I am going to put together a Christmas Eve Box. I hadn’t heard of this idea until this year. I think I saw it in passing on Facebook as I was scrolling away. The idea stuck with me though and I decided it could be a great idea for my family. So, I did a search online to see how other people were doing it, like here and here. Here’s how I see it…
Who doesn’t want to open a present or two early on Christmas Eve?
As a kid, I was always begging the parents to let us open a present early. So, why not make it a tradition and set aside some family-oriented items for a Christmas Eve box?
Where do you get the box?
You can use whatever you want to hold the items, a bag, a box, a chest, etc. It doesn’t have to be the same each year, but I like the idea of having a durable box that you can use over and over. Size-wise, if you plan to use the same receptacle each year, find something big enough that you would be able to fit a variety of things in it. I decided to use a Bankers Box and just reinforced the seams and edges with tape. Then I wrapped it in a nice Christmas paper.
What do you put in the box?
You can put whatever you want in the Christmas Eve Box. If there’s a story or activity that you already do as a tradition each Christmas Eve, go ahead and put it in the box each year. You can put just one item in there or you can include many. Totally up to you. My objective is to include something that the family can do together that very evening. It is fun to include a surprise item or something new too. I also want to include at least one item that is Christ-centered to remind us what Christmas is really about. You can wrap the items individually before placing them in the box, or not! Here are some ideas…
Family Christmas Movie and Popcorn (Popcorn Coupons)
Card Game, Board Game or Puzzle for the Family
Slippers or Socks, Christmas Music, Homemade Gifts for Each Other
Feel free to share your favorite Christmas traditions in the comments.