All families have special traditions that they observe on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. From silly to serious, these traditions are what we remember the most and look forward to with great anticipation. We want to share our favorite Christmas Day traditions and we hope that you will share yours, too!
Christmas Lights - Audra's pick
I have to admit, this doesn’t always happen on a specific day, but sometime close to Christmas. The kids put on their pjs, we fill a few mugs with hot chocolate, and drive around looking at Christmas lights. This usually happens once all the Christmas parties have ceased and the hustle and bustle has died down and it’s just us, left to enjoy this time together as a family.
Movies- Laura's pick
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day usually involve some sort of travel for us. If you live away from family, you understand how tiresome it can be to pack everything up and hit the road. After all the Christmas rounds are made, whoever is available in our family, usually head to the movies. This is actually something I have done since my teenage years. It's nice to be still and unwind after a busy day.
Scavenger Hunt - Rebecca's pick
Every year since my oldest was teeny tiny, we have hidden one special gift - usually the most expensive or the most highly desired - and led our children to it by a series of clues. The clues ranged from super basic whenever they were little such as, "Jingle _____" with the next clue sitting under a bell in our house to now a bit more advanced since they are older. The clue-making task has since been passed onto our oldest strategy-loving child. Sometimes I cannot even figure them out! But, they delight in the hunt and giggles and shrills fill the house. This is by far my children's favorite part of Christmas Day.
1000 piece puzzles - Tammy's pick
My parents' home in New York has a table with many memories. Not only has it served countless meals, but it has also been a gathering spot for 1,000 piece puzzles. Usually after Christmas dinner, the table is cleared and a puzzle is brought out. It's so much fun to see who does what: my man loves to organize the pieces into colors, my mom loves the challenge of the sky, while I hog all the easy parts. Others will sit down in-between activities. It's just a really sweet way to spend time together working toward a common goal.
Birthday Celebration - Carole's pick
After being an agnostic/atheist for so many years until I became a Christian at 30, my whole concept of Christmas changed as you can imagine: the eve and day became a birthday celebration. So the tree is His birthday tree and I love to leave the lights on all through the evening and all day~~it reminds me of the Light coming into the world~~ and we have a birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday, Jesus.