Christmas Eve Traditions

The holiday is upon us.  It’s time to let all of the stress melt away and enjoy this time with your family and friends.  I wanted to give you some Christmas Even traditions that you can do, even with little to no preparation.  These are easy and fun ideas that everyone will love.

Christmas Eve

Read A Christmas Story

Not only does reading a Christmas story help you put the little ones to bed, it helps you enjoy the quiet moments before the big day. If you have a Christmas book on hand that’s perfect.  Otherwise, you’ll be able to find lots of reading material on the internet.  Print it out and read aloud!

Track Santa

Norad offers a free website that allows you to track Santa on his trek around the world.  It’s fun to see all of the countries he’s visiting as well as how quickly he makes his journey.  This is a great way to learn about different countries and to get the small ones into bed in time for Santa to arrive at your home.  Visit the Norad Santa tracking site here.

Christmas Lights

Even if you’ve been driving by Christmas lights all season long, chances are you haven’t taken the time to really enjoy them.  Pack everyone into the car (in their pajamas) and pack a thermos of hot chocolate.  As a bonus, bring some cookies!  Drive around your neighborhood and find the best light display.  Rate them on creativity, quantity of lights, and crowd favorites.

Movie Time

Instead of watching those Christmas movies on TV when you find them on (and often not seeing the WHOLE movie), take the time to sit and enjoy them.  Watching a family favorite or two, with popcorn and snacks.  If you don’t own any Christmas movies, your cable provider probably has some On Demand.  I just checked my service and we have about 14 movies available for free.

Breakfast For Dinner

Instead of having a big Christmas Eve dinner, make it easy, and a little more fun by having breakfast instead of dinner.  This is a great way to entertain kids and make the cooking easier on yourself.  This is a true winning situation for everyone.  Take it a step further and make the meal themed….snowmen shaped pancakes or hot chocolate with whipped cream anyone?

Do you have a favorite Christmas Eve tradition?  Share it with us in the comments below!

 

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