It’s never too late to start a brand new Christmas tradition in your family – or simply tweak an existing tradition to make it something totally new! Over time, family Christmas traditions become a memorable part of our shared experience, something to be cherished for years to come. Discover four of our favorite fun family traditions for Christmas, and try something new this holiday season!
Read Christmas Stories
Do you remember sitting down with your parents every Christmas to read a traditional holiday story? This is one of our favorite Christmas traditions for kids, since it brings a sense of magic and togetherness to the season. Get your children excited for the holidays this year by reading them some of your favorite Christmas stories, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express or The Night Before Christmas. Read them out loud next to your tree or beneath a beautiful piece of Christmas art inspired by your favorite holiday story!
Make Cookies for Santa
Bring the whole family together to bake the most delicious cookies for Santa. If you don’t have your own favorite cookies for Christmas, take a look at our post on popular cookie recipes for some easy inspiration. Don’t forget to take time as a family to frost the cookies – and eat a few, too!
Wrap Christmas Presents
If your shopping list includes friends and other people outside of your immediate family, wrap their presents together with your kids! Crank up the Christmas music and make a day of it. Kids will love cutting the wrapping paper, holding it in place and helping you tape up all the corners. They can even practice their handwriting on the gift tags. Let them have fun while wrapping each present with care, and then ask them what they hope to unwrap for themselves this year to get a little extra inspiration for Santa’s arrival.
Unwrap a Gift Early
It can be tough for kids to wait until Christmas morning to see what’s been hiding under the tree. On the night before Christmas this year, have each member of the family pick out one present they’d like to unwrap early. If you want to be sure to save the best gifts for the big day, you can choose the presents they open in advance instead. This tradition gives eager children a little bit of relief, while keeping them excited to open the rest of their gifts on Christmas Day!
If you have younger children, make sure their gifts from Santa haven’t arrived under the tree before you gather around to open presents early, and don’t fill their stockings until after they go to bed. That way, you can keep the Christmas magic going for as long as possible.
Christmas is all about bringing your family together. Use these fun family Christmas traditions to create even more closeness during this wonderful time of year. Whether you try our ideas or have your own special Christmas traditions in place, show us how your family celebrates! Tag @kirklands and #myKirklands on Instagram to show off all your fun Christmas traditions this year.