We. Love. Christmas.
As if you couldn’t tell yet since we’re making 31 posts in a row about it.
We’ve spent a good amount of time this month making and baking things for Handmade Christmas, and we want to take a break for a bit from that to look at other things we love about Christmas. For us, Christmas is all about spending time with family, and today we wanted to share with you our own family traditions at Christmastime:
Our 5 Fave Christmas Traditions!
1.) Matching Christmas Jammies
This is a must-have, guys. Every Christmas picture you’ve ever seen has the kiddos in matching pajamas. Every year we buy our kids matching Christmas pajamas and some years we even buy two sets. They’re just too cute when they’re all matchy matchy!
We’ve found matching pajamas at Children’s Place, Amazon, Gymboree, and Carters in the past. They’re all pretty good about having designs in multiple sizes.
2.) North Pole Breakfast
We usually decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving (sorry, early Christmas haters). But we like to kick off the Christmas season with a bang, too. Every year, the morning after Thanksgiving, we invite all of our nieces and nephews over for a special breakfast. Everyone wears their Christmas Jammies, and we make a fun breakfast for the kids (and adults) to enjoy! The kids love it, and it can be as low stress or as extravagant as you want it to be! It’s also when our Elf on the Shelf makes his first appearance of the season.
We normally do breakfast casseroles and powdered donuts, but I think these would be fun!
3.) Cocoa, Cookies, and Christmas Lights
Every year, we pick a night in late December, have our kids put on their Christmas Jammies (now you see why Christmas Pajamas are #1 on our list!) and make them think they’re about to go to bed. Then we hop in the car, give them cups of Hot Cocoa and fresh baked cookies and drive around looking at Christmas lights!
It’s a tradition we’ve passed down from our own childhoods and is really special to the kids!
4.) Big Band Christmas Music
It’s a strong opinion of ours that honestly barely any great Christmas music has been written since the sixties. I mean, think about what truly timeless Christmas music is out there – it’s mostly the classic stuff, from folks like Sinatra and Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole. That’s the good stuff, and we play it non-stop through the season. Nothing really gets you in the Christmas mood like the sound of the classic Christmas music from the greats. Here’s a couple that should be essential to your collection:
5.) Christmas Eve Service at our Church
We have a simple candlelight service on Christmas Eve. We sing carols and light candles and read the story of the birth of Christ. It’s such a great time to refocus and center us on what’s important during the season.