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We like to place an empty box under the Christmas tree and fill it with groceries throughout the month of December. Then at the end of the month, we donate it to a food bank.
Hot chocolate is always a favorite tradition around here. Daddy makes the BEST hot chocolate, and the kids can’t wait for it to get cold, so they can have some!
Making 12 different cookies , 1 a day starting at christmas
I hope you have a very memorable, lovely, Christmas.
We love to sing Christmas carols with the grandchildren!
Some lovely traditions here! We like to open one present on the night of Christmas eve.
We read parts of the Christmas story each week and set out our Nativity. We don’t get out the tree and trimmings anymore. We sponsor a child or two from a local giving tree. Jesus is the center of our celebration instead of tinsel and gifts, although we love our Christmas Eve Jammies.
Making Sugar Cookies with my teenager children! Merry CHRISTmas to ALL!
we observe advent with an advent wreath, given to us by my sister – on Sunday evening dinners, each sunday we light as many candles as Sunday’s that have passed in advent – from nov 15 to dec 25 – so each week, we light one more than we did the prior week. The last candle is lit on Christmas dinner – it is a different color, representing that Christ is born
For the third generation we wake our children early on Christmas morning with a special song reserved only for this time “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas… all the stockings seem to say…” It is so special to see the children’s sleepy eyes as they wake up with excitement to come downstairs in the darkness to spend a special time with family, opening stockings and gifts.
Making our own Family Christmas cards….Merry Christmas everyone!!
We set up the creche surrounded by twinkly lights. Mary, Joseph, the angel, and shepherds all wait for the Christ child to arrive. Each day the the three wise men move just a little bit closer to the creche, completing their journey on Epiphany ( Jan. 6). The baby Jesus makes his appearance on Christmas day. When our children were small, they believed that the wise men were ‘magic’ and moved themselves each night. They raced down each morning to see how far they had traveled while they were sleeping!
I loved making a red and green paper chain to count down the days to Christmas. My children now do it but we write all the names from the Bible that represent Jesus and God.
Oh so MANY Christmas traditions. I think my favorite right now is making our family’s Christmas cake – with marzipan holly leaves and berries.
Blessings of the season to all! <3
So excited about this! Just heard about your magazine and look forward to reading with my girls!
We love working at church to put on our Christmas play–telling HIS story is a joy!
Our family does “acts of service” as our Christmas countdown. Each day we pull out a piece of paper that has a service idea. i.e. “Make something for someone today”, “Carry something for someone today” etc. My kids scramble to carry the basket of towels for me. It kind of becomes a competition of who can do more. It has helped us all see the needs of others and do them.
A favorite Christmas tradition at our house is stockings filled with socks, unders, and a few small gifts. I know there are jokes about getting socks and underwear for Christmas, but at our house, they are the favorite, can’t ever forget, part.
We like to make a gift box for Jesus. I read about this on some site along time ago and adapted it. When we put up the Christmas tree, we open the box from last year and read last years entries. Then we throw them out and start new ones. There is paper and pen in the box. Whenever we see someone doing something nice for another, we jot it down and put it in the box (without our own name). On Christmas day, before opening gifts, we open this and take turns reading them. When they were younger, it was another way to help them to focus on God during the holiday times and to think about putting others first. Also, it reminds us that God sees everything all the time – including our hearts.
We love Advent at our house. It helps to remind us of Jesus during such a joyful but busy month. My husband has a schedule to give our 7 children turns lighting the candle, reading the scripture & picking out a song. The glow of the candles is so beautiful and it gives me a chance to sit and remember to be thankful 🙂
We love to drive around the week before Christmas and see all the beautiful houses decorated for Christmas. It’s something my kids and I all enjoy.
My mom does an advent book every year. It helps my siblings and I remember Jesus is at the center of the season
We do lots of 25 days of Christmas traditions. Cinnamon rolls celebrate Jesus birthday!!
We have the same meal every Christmas Eve and go to church. We do the Christmas story acted out on Christmas
To visit a local serene garden and tower with carillon and visit the mansion on the grounds which is all decorated for Christmas.
We do Advent Calendars.
We read a different Christmas picture book each day of December.
making holiday caramels for gifts!
I love sitting in a dark room with just the Christmas lights on and talk with my family.
We have a live tree the first week of December.
We love to decorate for Christmas with things that remind us of Jesus… setting up the nativity, hanging lights, lighting candles, playing Christmas music & singing carols, reading the Christmas story & letting the kids dress up & act it out, Christmas caroling, memorizing a passage of the Christmas story & sharing it with the family on Christmas Eve, reading through the Advent story & other treasured Christmas books, baking a birthday cake for Jesus & singing Happy Birthday to Him, spending time with others, & most importantly finding those in need & helping them as the Holy Spirit leads in hopes to share the JOY & HOPE that he has so freely given us with others.
We have a CHRIST mas at our house
We love to make some sort of small gift for the families at our church–like a plate of cookies.
I so want to give this to my daughters, that they may have this invaluable information that I never had as a girl! Thank you for this opportunity!
We do lots of baking and egg nog. We also love to just get some oranges and spices to let them bake in the oven, just for the magical smell in the house.
All cinnamon, Anis and orange smell will be around this house. We also love to paint the windows (diy window paint with washable paint/soap) !!