12 Simple Christmas Traditions + A Giveaway!

I absolutely love Christmas for so many reasons. The first reason is that we celebrate Jesus’ birth. He stepped down from heaven so that we could have eternal life. Now that’s the greatest gift of all. I also love Christmas because of traditions. 

My husband Jonathan and I have adapted some traditions that we grew up with. And we have started several of our own Christmas traditions. I love traditions because they are a fun way for kids to feel connected to whatever event they are celebrating.

Today on the blog, I share 12 Simple Family Christmas Traditions to do this year. Several of these traditions our family currently does. I am excited to incorporate some of the other Christmas traditions into our family.

1. St. Nick’s Day

As a child, I loved St. Nick’s Day. On the evening of December 5, we would set out our shoes. In the morning, we would find our shoes filled with treats such as candy, cuties, and a small toy.

This holiday originated from Nicholas of Myra. He was a bishop in 4th century Greece. During his lifetime, Nicholas was known for his gift-giving. He placed coins in other people’s shoes.

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Nicholas of Myra is actually who the legendary figure of Santa Claus is derived from. We talk about Santa Claus in our family but we don’t celebrate him. I love celebrating gift giving which is Jesus’ heart so that is why we celebrate St. Nick’s Day. 

2. Christmas Ornament

Every year, go out together as a family and pick an ornament to represent the year. Another idea would be to get each child a new ornament for the year. Keep these ornaments in a separate box. That way when your child leaves home, they can have eighteen ornaments to take with them.

12 Simple Christmas Traditions

3. Christmas Movie Night

Plan a night to watch a Christmas movie as a family. There are so many great Christmas movies. Make popcorn and have other snacks while watching the movie.  Some of our favorite movies are Miracle on 34th Street, Santa Claus, and Elf. (Be sure to enter the Christmas movie Giveaway. Details at the end of the post.)

4. Letter to Jesus

Lots of people write letters to Santa every year.  But, the real reason for the season is Jesus. Why not write Jesus a letter of gratitude for all He went through for us? Take some time to talk about this letter with your family and remind them of Jesus’ love and sacrifice for them.

After writing a small and simple letter of gratitude to Jesus, slip inside a balloon and fill it with helium. As a family, send the balloon up to heaven.

5. Red and Green Gratitude Paper Chain

Each evening for the month of December, have each family member take a slip of red or green paper. On the sheet of paper, write one thing you are grateful for from that day. Hang this gratitude chain somewhere around the house and watch it grow.

6. Christmas Caroling and Pizza Night

Pick a night in December and go Christmas Caroling around your neighborhood or another place. Share the joy of Christmas with people. Afterward, come home and enjoy some pizza and soda pop together.

7. New board game

Each year, purchase a new board game for the family. It is a great way to connect and make time to be together. Some of our favorites include Sorry, Qwirkle, and Sequence.

8. Christmas Lights Drive and/or Christmas Scavenger Hunt with Hot Cocoa

Pile the family in the van and go look for Christmas lights. Some people put a lot of work into their Christmas lights display. Enjoy looking at it together. Pack some hot cocoa and blankets as you travel.

Another idea in addition to the Christmas lights drive is a Christmas Scavenger Hunt. Create a list with things such as a nativity scene or a snowman to find on this hunt. Or use this FREE Printable on your Christmas Scavenger hunt.

Simple Christmas Traditions

9. PJS or Slippers for Christmas Eve

Each year, buy new PJS for the family members and let them open on Christmas Eve. Friends of ours pick up matching PJs for their family members. Another option is to get a new pair of slippers for each family member. Do whatever is fun for your family. Feel free to rotate between slippers and PJs each year.

10. Plan a special breakfast and use special dishes

On Christmas morning, plan a special breakfast. Maybe it’s an egg casserole or cinnamon rolls. Or could just be scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast. If you have Christmas dishes pull those out to use. Or before Christmas, head to Dollar Tree and get some “Christmas” only dishes. They have some fun patterns.

Simple Christmas Traditions

11. Read the Bible together

My favorite Christmas tradition is reading the Bible story of Jesus’ birth. After our Christmas breakfast, we gather together on the couch. My husband Jonathan pulls out his Bible and turns to Luke 2:1-20. We all listen as he reads the story of Jesus’ birth. Even though I have heard the story of Jesus countless times, I still feel the excitement of the night.

12. Family Picture in Front of the Christmas Tree

Each year on Christmas day, set up the tripod to get a family picture in front of the tree. As the years go by, you will see how much each family member has grown.

Hopefully, this post was fun to read. What traditions do you currently do? I would love to hear about it! Which tradition from this list of 12 simple Christmas traditions will you try out this year? Please comment below.

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12 Simple Christmas Traditions

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  1. Janette Griffith on December 3, 2020 at 6:52 am

    We love several of these traditions! I think I might even give my kids their new jammies earlier this year! With the way 2020 has gone, I thought it might be a fun surprise!!

    • Anastasia Corbin on December 4, 2020 at 9:33 pm

      That would be a great surprise! New jammies are so fun! 🙂

    • Emily on December 6, 2020 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you for all the great ideas!

  2. TAMMY VICTOR on December 3, 2020 at 10:37 am

    We always do a special Christmas breakfast with my stuff French toast.
    It’s only time of the year I make it and it special to the family.

    • Anastasia Corbin on December 4, 2020 at 9:32 pm

      Tammy- The stuffed french toast sounds amazing!

  3. Heather Steffen on December 3, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    I really like your list of ideas! We like to decorate gingerbread houses and decorate cookies and chocolate covered pretzels.

    From this list, I’d like to try the movie night and the trip to see Christmas lights, though I liked a lot of them! Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Anastasia Corbin on December 4, 2020 at 9:32 pm

      You’re most welcome! I love the idea to decorate gingerbread houses. My kids would love that!

    • Karen Hoover on December 7, 2020 at 7:16 am

      I love your list, Anastasia! One of our traditions is getting a live tree and watching my husband wrestle it into the stand ???? I like the gratitude chain idea. How fun to watch it grow!!

  4. Jennifer Phillips on December 6, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Since it’s just my husband and I, we usually watch a Christmas movie together or go watch a light show. I really like the ideas of the green & red gratitude paper chains and reading the Bible together on Christmas day, or even leading up to Christmas! Thanks for the fun suggestions! ❤

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