Any cool christmas traditions for kids?

Melissa - posted on 12/24/2008 ( 46 moms have responded )

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I am looking to start a family tradition this year for Christmas, with not a lot of time or money. It would be great if we could sway stories and what we do for ideas!

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Amanda - posted on 12/24/2008

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this year we are starting the victorian tradition of the Christmas Spider web. you wrap yarn all around the living room (over and under furniture, etc) and have it end at a present. If you have more than one kid do a different colour yarn for each kid... it's silly and messy, but the kids are really looking forward to it. We even have a glass bead spider ornament on the tree... the kids keep watching for it to start their web. We also do St. Nick's Day celebrating... it helps to break up the gift-giving for the kids and make it less of a 'thing'. Also separates Santa Claus from Christmas if you're into keeping that more focused on baby Jesus. We are thinking about adding a Three Kings Day celebration this year. I think it's January 6th or something. We're planning to maybe save one gift for that day and then pack all of the decorations and tree away that day. It's a nice way to wrap up the whole holiday season.



Another victorian christmas tradition for gifts was only getting 4 gifts: something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read. My kids get spoiled by their extended families... we find this guideline helps some of them rein it in a bit.

Christine - posted on 01/09/2009

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The traditions I have started with my 2 toddlers is making homemade gifts for everyone. I read the Christmas story (the religious one not twas the night...) as well as the book, "the littlest angel". We also make a birthday cake for Baby Jesus and decorate it with icing and what ever the kids want to throw on it then at Christmas supper we blow out the candle and sing Him Happy Birthday. We aren't religious, we believe that it's important that kids remember WHY we celebrate and give gifts not just St Nick.

Brooke - posted on 12/24/2008

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I always make raindeer food for my kids to sprinkle in our front lawn on Christmas eve. I told my kids that this special food helps Santa's raindeer find our house. To make the food all you do is mix glitter and plain oatmeal. My kids think its the coolest thing.

User - posted on 12/24/2008

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My mom started a tradition with our Christmas Stockings. Each year, she would put the same number of stocking stuffers in each stocking, then count backwards from Christmas Day. We would then be able to open 1 stocking stuffer a day until Christmas, opening the last one on Christmas Eve.

Danielle - posted on 12/03/2011

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My mom does a theme each year for the tree. We always get an ornament and calender each year. My son gets up between 6-8 a.m. and he has to wait for Grandma to get up so he can open presents. That is usually Christmas morning.
A couple weeks before we usually do Christmas with my sister, brother-in-law, and nieces. That way my nieces get there presents etc.

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Annie - posted on 12/01/2011

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Here is a blog with a Christmas star game I like: www.prayathomemom.blogspot.com

Amy - posted on 01/09/2009

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I know this is past Christmas but the "Elves" always bring pajamas to my kids on Christmas Eve.  We find some clever way that they leave them on the front proch (cause elves can't get into the house).  After we open the jammy's, we read Twas the Night Before Christmas put cookies and milk out for Santa and carrots for the reindeer.  Just some ideas.

Cherie - posted on 01/09/2009

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Since I was little; every year my mom got my brother and I an ordament for Christmas and it was the one gift we got to open XMAS eve. Now that we are older and out of the house we have our Christmas Tree full of ordaments and stories behind them! Its fun. I have a two year old and my mother has started that for her too!

Nannette - posted on 01/09/2009

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Hi,



I know Christmas is over, but here are some ideas for next year:



Every Christmas Eve, my kids get to open one gift.  It is always a new pair of pajamas - Christmas themed or their favorite character.  My husband and I also open one present - pajamas.  This way, everyone has nice new pj's for all the pictures we take X-mas morning. 



On Christmas Eve day, we make gingerbread men - using the Pillsbury premade dough.  I buy the dough in November, beginning of December b/c it sometimes is sold out by the week of Christmas.  We use M&M's and gumdrops to decorate the cookies.  It takes maybe an hour to make & decorate.

Ann - posted on 01/08/2009

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My grandson, Peston is 3 yrs old and we made homemade snow globes.  Easy and fun. He gave them to parents, uncle aunts and grandparents.  Also reindeer food, little jar, oatmeal, glitter, sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve.  The reindeer see the glitter and eat the oats, bringing Santa to they're house. Cute.

Amanda - posted on 01/08/2009

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My mom and dad use to wrap the doorways to the room with the christmas tree and presents ..so the five of use kids had to bust through or unwrap the room - it was cool and let the imagination for christmas magic run wild

Nicole - posted on 01/08/2009

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when i was a kid, a few days before christmas, my brother and i would put our shoes out for "St Nick" to come and fill them with goodies. :) i remember it was so exciting! also, every year we eat christmas eve dinner by candlelight - this tradition i brought with me to my own family... of course have only shared it with my husband so far, the little one won't be here until may :) we have a Christmas Pickle ornament... it goes on the tree in a hidden spot for someone to find on Christmas morning

Barbara - posted on 12/30/2008

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We open one present on Christmas eve every year. It somehow manages to be our Christmas pajamas. We all put our pj's on and then we go get hot chocolate from the gas station down the road and go see Christmas lights. We also leave the radio off in the car and sing Christmas carols. We spend about an hour driving around and then go home and put out the cookies and milk for Santa and then tuck the younger kids in bed. Two of my children are now grown with their own families and have continued this tradition with their children. No matter what you decide to do just remember that this is what they will always remember and take with them in life. It does not take alot of money to make memories :)

Sherry - posted on 12/29/2008

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OH yeah!!! I forgot about going to see Christmas lights and you can also go to Santa's Wonderland if you are in Texas!

Sherry - posted on 12/29/2008

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We have a few:



1. I got to local hobby shops and buy blank wooden ornaments for them to paint/color and then have them put their names and the year on the back.

2. We always watch the grinch and charlie brown

3. We all go together and pick out a real tree every year right after thanksgiving

4. We takes loads of pictures

Raylene - posted on 12/28/2008

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when i was a kid i remember getting together with a few of our neighbours and singing christmas carols on christmas eve. one of the neighbours played the piano accordian while we sang. when i had my children i started my own tradition of making shortbread in christmas shapes and letting them ice and decorate them. we also make chocolates in christmas shapes that we give to family and friends. the final thing that i started was the kids had to come up with a present that they gave to their siblings that did not require them purchasing it from a store. wether it be a letter, a promise to do their chores for a week or making a card. something that had more meaning than money value.

Noelle - posted on 12/25/2008

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We always open one gift on Christmas Eve after we eat dinner, and it's always a new pair of Christmas pajamas. Then we snuggle together and watch our favorite Christmas movies.

Rosalind - posted on 12/24/2008

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I forgot to tell you that I usually shop for ornaments during the day after Christmas sale... They are dirt cheap then usually at Wal-Mart or Target... and We also drive the neighborhoods in the evening looking at all the different Christmas light displays.. Just gives us time together to enjoy each other which is difficult with a teenager. ;0) Merry Christmas

Rosalind - posted on 12/24/2008

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I have given my son an ornament each year since he was born. He is 15 now and still looks for his new ornament to add to his collection. It is not very expensive and it is a collection that he can add to as an adult as well. I also allow him to open one gift on Christmas eve as well.

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havent read the others....



we open our stockings christmas eve and the other presants christmas day.





you could decorate sugar cookies or spen a little more and do ginger bread houses.



and there is an old tradition of hanging a pickle on the tree(an ornament of a pickle :))and the kids have to find it they are rewarded when they do.also a tradition of "elves" making a mess (like spilled pop corn)and the kids have to clean it up in oder to get presants.the moms make the mess and hid the toy elf in the room.the story has it that they elves com alive at night and make the toys in there room(google it).



you can create your own also.reading the christmas story every christmas eve.having hot chocalate with a christmas movie.....and some traditions create on there own....

Leslie - posted on 12/24/2008

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I always make homemade cinnamon buns for Christmas breakfast. It was a good way to get the kids to eat breakfast before we opened gifts. My kids are grown up now but still expect their cinnamon buns for Christmas.



Another thing we alwayd did when the kids were small was to watch a Christmas movie together before they went to bed. It helped settle them down a bit.

Kim - posted on 12/24/2008

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I read a passage from a Christmas book each evening, starting the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Jotham's Journey By: Arnold Ytreeide is an amazing advent story and it is set up in the one reading a day format.

Kris - posted on 12/24/2008

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I just thought of one for next year, giving christmas pj's on Dec. 1 with the Advent calender (I think our new tradition we started this year will be the lego city calender), then she can enjoy them all month. We always make cookies for Santa, she gets to choose her favorite type, and we make those. I am thinking of wrapping every item in her stocking just for fun for her, too, glad other people mentioned that.

Lisa - posted on 12/24/2008

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My kids always get to open one present on Christmas Eve, you'd think they'd know by now what they are getting, but it's still a surprise. They always get matching or now-a-days coordinating Christmas PJ's to wear so when they wake on Christmas morning, we get great photos in their new holiday jammies. On Christmas Eve, after they've opened their new PJ's and are ready for bed, we sit around the tree and read from Luke, light our Advent Candles, then after setting out cookies and milk Santa, we read the Night Before Christmas and send them off to bed.

Joanne - posted on 12/24/2008

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we always give each other new pj to open on christmas eve before bath time then we put them on after bath ge six and all cuddle together for family time usual little girl age six fals asleep in our arms lovely xx

Debbie - posted on 12/24/2008

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When my kids were little times were tight so because most of the excitement for kids is opening the presents we atrted wrapping EVERYTHING in their stockings, and I mean everything. They loved it so much whether it was socks or candy or whatever, the tradition continued every year. In the early morning we would give them their stocking first and that gave us time to wake up enjoy a cup of coffee while they waited for the other gift opening. We also opened gifts one at a time so everyone could watch what others were getting and everyone enjoyed this and although it is time consuming , the children learned it was not about speed but also the thought that went into each and every gift that was bought.

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A tradition my mom started with us and that I have continued with my own children is to get them an ornament for the tree each year. I try to find one either on clearance the year before or it is also fun to find one that reflects something special we had done that year as a family. For example, one year we went on a cruise with my extended family and I purchased an ornament in Mexico while we were there to give them that next Christmas.

Laurel - posted on 12/24/2008

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I have 10 children in my family, we've done the Spider Web birthday game, with a prize at the end, for years. We open 1 gift before bed Christmas Eve, usually PJ's. On Christmas morning my Dad use to read the Christmas story from Luke or Matthew, now my husband does it, before we open gifts from the youngest to oldest, one gift at a time. It takes forever, but, it is reflective and everyone is grateful.

Amanda - posted on 12/24/2008

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If anyone's looking for a supercool version of the santa claus story... look up the book Kringle. It's a short chapter book and it is amazing! Really pulls alot of the Christmas and Santa Claus themes together into a totally cool new story. The reading level is like one of the first Harry Potter novels, so an older child could handle it themselves. My daughter is 4 and loves to sit and listen to me read chapter books. I highly recommend this one... especially because it gives a neat spin on how it is that Santa can visit every child in one night. Awesome!

Teresa - posted on 12/24/2008

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Read the Polar Express. It is a wonderful story and as the kids get older they can read a page or more to still be involved. My husband still cries at the very end, even after 10 years of reading it. I can't wait to read it tonight before we all get snug in our beds.

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We read the true Christmas story every year from the bible, usually our son's bible. He is just 4 so we want him to understand the true reason for Christmas. We don't push the whole santa thing. We told him about Santa as St Nick but not that he delivers presents. We give presents as a way of Celebrating Jesus' birthday. I have heard of others making a cake to add to the celebration but we still make cookies on Christmas day. HTH!

Donna - posted on 12/24/2008

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We did the new ornament each year thqt had something to do with what was big to each child that year. My kids walk down memory lane each year as we decorate the tree. The problem is ... it's hard to stop. My kids are 19-28 now and we've still been doing it.

Also, when my kids were little I baked for days and we filled plates or tins or boxes of samples of everything I baked and took a plate to everyone that meant something special to us that year. We always gave one to each Sunday school teacher our kids had, our Pastor's family, neighbors, or others that were a special encouragement or help to us. It got to be a big project sometimes, but fun. We delivered them on Christmas Eve.

Anita - posted on 12/24/2008

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really recommend the gingerbread house thing... this year we made a gingerbread train... it ended up sort of a train "wreck" but was tons of fun!! We open one present on christmas eve, and always make it to a candlelight service at our church (both traditions I grew up with). we leave cookies for santa and carrots for the reindeer. a picture in front of the decorated tree every year is a great treat to look back on as well...

Amanda - posted on 12/24/2008

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yeah, we used to do that too, for all the holidays like Valentine`s Day or Thanksgiving... wondering now when the last time I did it was... poor second baby, always getting the shaft ;)

Serena - posted on 12/24/2008

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One thing that I started last year (our baby's first Christmas) is we send her a Christmas Card. We do the picture cards now that we have a baby and we address them to her and put a little note inside it (we also do this for her Birthday). Some day we will give her all the cards and she will be able to go back and look through all of them and what we have written. Best thing, only costs a stamp!

Amanda - posted on 12/24/2008

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oh yeah, gingerbread house... totally do that. My kids love it! They are 2 and 4 and this is our third year doing it. Hilarious! This year we even tried doing it from scratch. We found a great recipe on the web. The gingerbread tasted fantastic and the house looks great... plus making it yourselves stretches out the fun



http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/00...

Becca - posted on 12/24/2008

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we always make christmas cookies every year as a family, we also make a christmas chain..you cut green and red paper into strips staple them together so it makes a loop and make a 25 loop chain hang it above a doorway and everydady you get to tear one of the loops off up until chrsitmas day, we also always do a chrsitmas calendar with candy inside so everyday you open a door and get a treat until chrsitmas

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When my son turned five I was wondering the same thing, I wanted something both he and I could do together which was fun and of course to keep him occupied, LOL, but for the past 3 years we have built a gingerbread house, it's fun, cheap, and WE both love it!

Marianne - posted on 12/24/2008

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Every Christmas eve since I can remember we drew names with my brother & sisters, on christmas eve we would open our exchange gift & a gift from my parents which was always pajamas. We would all run and go put on our new pj's and then we would put out treats for santa. We would then sit around the Christmas tree and sing Christmas songs. We loved this tradition so much that we all have carried it on with our own kids.

Laura - posted on 12/24/2008

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My son and I have a few traditions but our favorite is sitting together to write a letter to Santa the first week in December.. We make hot chocolate, get a small plate of cookies and sit together. When he was younger he would tell me what he wanted to say/ ask Santa and I would write, now he is 7 and writes it himself. It really gets his imagination going...dreaming of what the workshop looks like & how crazy busy it must be & what Santa is doing to get ready. Lotts of fun!

Lorna - posted on 12/24/2008

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I make or buy x-mas ordament with my family, i go to dollar stores to buy them or the materials or even to buy them, my family each get a new ordament every year and i do all the same color but different for each? i hope this helps thx

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You could make sugar cookies to leave for Santa and give to neighbors. It's simple and doable, but fun. We're going to do that too. I'm looking forward to hearing any other traditions, as I'd love ideas. One thing we have done (my son is 3) is we always celebrate St. Nick's Day (Dec. 6) by giving in some way. This year we had a St. Nick's Day party and asked neighbors to bring canned and dried goods for the local food bank, and a side dish, then we gave them a Santa gift bag with some goodies in it at the end of the party. That way the "giving" aspect of Christmas is emphasized before the getting.

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We always sit around the tree Christmas eve night and sing Christmas carols, the kids open one gift each and then lay out cookies and milk for Santa. We then put them to bed and read the night before Christmas. When they wake in the morning they get their stockings and then we eat breakfast then sit down and open gifts. Each a turn.
That's our Christmases, it's our tradition to do it this way.

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