‘Traditions’ isn’t just a hot button word on Pinterest – the concept of traditions is Biblical and a beautiful, fun part of the Christmas season!
As our babies continue to grow, they’re forming memories about the wonder of this time of year. It’s exciting and, truthfully, sometimes a bit overwhelming to wrap our minds around the fact that we are creating the childhood memories they will one day reminisce on with a young family of their own.
As families with very young children, the three of us are still doing a bit of trial-and-error to see what traditions we plan to stick with as our kiddos grow up. Here are a few that we’ve begun to implement in our own homes.
1. Treasuring the Advent season
This is where it all begins. We are to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ the Lord. There are a lot of ways to do this, including creating a homemade Advent calendar that our children can follow along with in the countdown to Christmas, The Shepherd’s Treasure (a more Biblical alternative to ‘Elf on the Shelf”), or opening a book or gift each night for the 24 days leading up to Christmas.
2. Decorating the Christmas tree
This is simply a fun time to sing along to Christmas music, be silly, string the lights, reminisce over ornaments as they’re brought out of the box, and spend genuine time together as a family.
3. Opening new Christmas jammies
Everyone in the family gets a new pair of pajamas, wrapped up, to open as their first gift the night of Christmas Eve. They can be worn that night to bed and the following morning for breakfast and gift opening.
4. Giving to a charity
While the three of us have children who are probably still too young for memories, we believe in the value of being an example of giving and serving. There are countless ways to do this one, especially during this time of year.
Choose a way to donate time, talents, or goods (maybe some of those cookies you just baked), to someone who could use some extra holiday love. Operation Christmas Child is a fun way to involve our children in giving to other children all around the world.
5. Baking cookies/decorating gingerbread houses
Bring on the fun messes! Each of us has memories of baking with our parents as children and we want for our babies to remember baking for the holidays with us, too.
6. Attending Christmas church service as a family
This one is self-explanatory…isn’t it practically magical to be at the Christmas service with your arms around your loved ones?!
7. Enjoying a special Christmas morning breakfast together
Melissa grew up making aebleskiver, which are Danish pancakes (like pancakes, but in a ball shape and served with jam). She only had these on Christmas and Easter, and has fond memories of her mom teaching her how to make them each year at the holidays.
Emily grew up enjoying a Christmas morning brunch of breakfast burritos and coffee cake — a tradition that she still participates in with her side of the family. No matter what you’re eating, it’s nice to slow down and enjoy time as a family during a day that can be so busy and gift-focused.
What Christmas traditions are you creating with your family?