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10 Simple Christmas Day Traditions


It’s easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, especially the week leading up to Christmas Day. I know that I try to fit as much in as possible to make the most of the Christmas magic, but if I take a minute to think back to the Christmases of my childhood, it’s not the over-the-top gifts or fancy outings that I remember. My fondest memories include quiet moments spent with my parents, baking or watching a favorite movie or show at home. I’ve said it so many times, but traditions needn’t be extravagant or expensive in order to be memorable. They simply need to be. 

Today I wanted to share 10 ideas for Christmas Day that you could easily start this year with your family — whether you have littles at home or grown children visiting for the holidays.  P.S. If you still need gifts we have posts here and here!

10 Christmas Day Traditions

1. Take an annual photo.

We have a photo every year of our children before they come down to see what Santa brought. It’s fun to look back at the photos through the years! 

2. Take turns opening presents.

Savor the morning and let children take turn opening presents. They will learn to enjoy giving as as much as receiving. 

3. Gift the last gift with Bauble Stockings.

I love the Bauble Stockings tradition — where the final gift is a little something (or a fun scavenger hunt!). Or mom open the final gift on Christmas morning as a thank you for all they’ve done. Read all about it here!

4. Have a breakfast tradition as a family.

Maybe it’s waffles or cinnamon rolls or a special casserole that you eat every Christmas morning. We have Williams-Sonoma croissants! Pray and thank God for the abundant blessings your family has received and for the ultimate gift of Christmas: Jesus!

5. Call loved ones.

Many families are spread out across the country. Call or FaceTime any family or friends to wish them a Merry Christmas (and thank them for gifts if they sent them!). 

6. Dress up for Christmas dinner.

After a day of opening and playing with gifts, it’s nice to take a break from the new toys, pause to change into something nice (even a nice top and jeans), and enjoy a seated meal together. If you have wedding china or heirloom dishes, this would be a great time to use them! I created a traditional Christmas tablescape a couple of years ago — give it a look for inspiration!

7. Get outside.

Outdoor activities will vary depending on where you live! In Texas, it’s typically nice enough to go for a walk to look at lights or play a game of soccer or football in the backyard. If you’re lucky enough to have a white Christmas, put on those coats and make a snowman!

8. Watch a Christmas movie.

Every Christmas my daughters and I watch Meet Me in St. Louis and all cry when Judy Garland sings :Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” There are so many wonderful movies to choose from depending on the age of your children! Grab a few blankets, a cup of hot hot chocolate, and cuddle up on the couch together. 

9. Drive around to look at Christmas lights.

Enjoy the beautiful ways your neighbors decorated their homes this season! Even better in your PJs with hot chocolate!

10. Get in a family photo.

Parents can often get so caught up with Christmas Day festivities that they forget to document the memories. Set a self timer or have someone take a picture of you and your family by the Christmas tree! 

What are some of your favorite Christmas Day traditions? Let me know so I can add to this list!

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