It’s hard to believe, but that time of the year is finally upon us. It seems like November just started and now it’s time to focus on Christmas (which is my favorite time of year).
One of the things I am often asked is what things I do with my kids each December. I think traditions are important no matter what they may be for. One of my all-time favorite family traditions is sitting down to eat together as a family.
I believe traditions set a foundation of togetherness, love and the cherishing of family.
I wanted to share some of our Christmas traditions for kids in hopes that you may incorporate some or even share some of yours with me as well! I am always looking for things to add to our Christmas bucket list.
Reading the Bible
We usually read the Christmas story on Christmas Eve but this year, we will be doing something a little different. Inez from For The Love of Mom blog, shared a reading plan perfect for younger and older kids through Luke.
This reading plan will take us from Christ’s birth to his resurrection starting on December 1st through Christmas Eve.
Feel free to join her group, Christian Mom Friends Hangout to grab this plan and make some new mom friends!
Decorating the Tree
I think this is probably the kids’ most favorite things to do together. They enjoy picking out the ornaments and although they usually end up arguing over whose ornament goes where, it ends up being a very enjoyable experience in the end.
Something I started with my mom was putting candy canes on the tree. I have found that my kids tend to eat them all before we are halfway to Christmas. But I still continue to add them as a reminder of what I did as a child with my little brother.
One of the things that I enjoy teaching my children is the importance of giving back. My children understand that there are some children who don’t get all the things they want for Christmas so we have to do our part to help.
I love supporting Samaritan’s Purse. They collect shoebox gifts with things such as toys, school supplies, and other fun items. You can even include a personal note or photo. I ask my kids to draw a picture!
Going to See the Lights
Who doesn’t love Christmas lights? We like to drive around our neighborhood on Christmas Eve to see what others have done.
We also go to our local gardens that are decorated with lots of lights and scenes.
I know some families have traveled to other states and cities to take part in other festivities such as The Polar Express Train ride which has tons of locations all over the country. You can find your closest one here.
My kids’ play room used to be overloaded with toys. Toys were literally everywhere. A few years ago, I decided something needed to change.
Now, I have them clear out old toys to make room for new ones. My oldest two don’t have as many coming in anymore, so it is now something I am teaching my toddler.
We donate used toys to places such as the Goodwill and my local Angel’s Closet.
These are just a few of our annual Christmas traditions for kids that we are holding on to for years to come. We also enjoy baking cookies, decorating outside together, and drinking hot cocoa while watching Christmas movies or reading stories.
What are some of your Christmas traditions? Please share in the comments!