86 Traditions for the Christmas Season

Family Christmas Traditions to do this year
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Spreading Christmas cheer is contagious. Most of the year we are innovative and technology driven, but for this short burst at the end of the year, we have permission to engage in timeless traditions. Here are 86 Christmas traditions for the Christmas season.  Take some time to reflect and enjoy the gift the season brings.

While I always love the holiday mayhem, any holiday really, since having Libby, I am trying to implement family values and traditions that will keep us close as a family. Our first family tradition, was cutting down our own Christmas Tree.

By no means is everything on this list meant to be tackled. It’s a growing list of traditions for your family to pick their favorites to create your own Christmas Bucket list (free printable).

Don’t forget your Christmas Planner and Budgeter

86 Traditions for the Christmas Season

Write a letter to Santa

Spend a day living your life like a Hallmark movie

Watch an old classic black and white movie

Family Friendly Christmas Traditions

Make reindeer food for Santa’s hungry reindeer

Watch a Christmas movie at midnight

Volunteer at a homeless shelter

Make snowman cinnamon rolls

Dress up and take a family photo

String popcorn and hang it on the tree

Start a Christmas count down with an advent calendar

Set up a hot cocoa and coffee station for visitors

See a Christmas play

Make or buy a gift for teachers


Roast chestnuts over an open fire

Read a book by the fireplace

Rally your friends to donate to a go fund me account

Put gift packages together for homeless veterans

Play Christmas games while listening to Christmas music

Pick-up someone’s tab at a local restaurant or coffee house

Write a meaningful note or card to someone you lost touch with

Make hot cocoa with Peeps marshmallows

Pick up some poinsettias

Pick up some fresh flowers for Christmas

Host a themed dinner night, such as “Christmas breakfast for dinner”

Make some cinnamon-sugar pecans or almonds (smells like Christmas)

Make fresh wreaths out of Christmas tree cuttings

Create floral arrangements for around your house

Make Christmas candy

Host a pajama & pancake party

Make a “kiss me” ball

Mail Christmas cards to deployed military personnel

Listen to Christmas music

Leave an “elf basket” on a neighbor’s porch

Invent & name your own family Christmas cookie

Host an ugly sweater party

Decorate the Christmas tree (Our perfect tree: the Christmas tree after a few days with a toddler)

Family Friendly Christmas Traditions

Host a cookie exchange – have each person bring different kind of cookie

Donate canned food

Make hot cocoa from scratch

Hide the pickle on your Christmas tree

Have a visit from elf on the shelf

Decorate sugar cookies

Have a cookie decorating party

Host a Grinch party

Go to a hockey game

Get new Christmas pajamas

Matching Christmas sister pajamas.

Find friends, family, and coworkers to sponsor a family for Christmas

Fill boots up with goodies on Christmas Day

Fill up a boot with Candy for a special Christmas Tradition

Host a favorite things party

Each person gets their own wrapping paper. Fun Christmas traditions for the family

Have a gift-wrapping party

Donate money to the salvation army

Decorate your mailbox

Host a Christmas party

Decorate gingerbread men

Mail out Christmas cards

Decorate Christmas ornaments

Go ice skating

Have a Christmas movie marathon night (The Santa Clause)

Decorate a gingerbread house

Cut down a Christmas tree

Create outdoor bird feeders

Go caroling

Family Christmas Traditions

Donate gifts to a charity

Create a formal Christmas table setting

Make a Christmas wreath

Create a “December 1st” box (Christmas count down, fresh jammies, hot cocoa)

Host a cookie & wine tasting party

Make Christmas themed lunches

Buy new Christmas socks

Pick-up a matching red lipstick and red nail polish

Bring in baked goodies to your bank, doctors office, or other people you do business with.

Become someone’s secret Santa

Bake Christmas cookies

Adopt a pet

Make homemade gift tags

Decorate your front porch

Hang lights up outside

Sit down with your family and come up with a list of things you want to do this Christmas season

Send someone special a beautiful Christmas flower arrangement

Go sledding

Have a snowball fight

Visit Santa Claus

Make Christmas bows

Go on a Christmas light scavenger hunt

Write Santa a follow up “thank you”

Go to a city Christmas lighting show

Pack hot cocoa to go, hop in the car and go for an after-bedtime drive to look at Christmas lights

Do you have a favorite Christmas Tradition or Activity? Leave it below in the comments section. I read them all! 🙂

Christmas is the best time for traditions. We all have our favorites. Here are 86 traditions for your family. #ChristmasTraditions #ChristmasBucketList #ChristmasFun

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  1. Gloria
    January 7 / 9:53 am

    I’ve enjoyed your list of Christmas traditions. I’m 51 and when my 3 children were little, I tried to make things very special for them.
    Creating memories with my babies was one thing, especially as a single mom, that was very important to me, for them.
    I know have 14 grandbabies (3 girls 11 boys) the oldest being 13 to the youngest being 6 months old.
    My kids have done alot with their kids, that we did together when they were little, as well as making their own traditions.
    One that, I can think of that they do is the Angel tree. Every Christmas, my kids looked forward to taking an Angel from the tree and Christmas shopping for that child. My rule was the first angel you was led to reach for, is the angel you have to take!
    My daughter, take her boys to a Christmas picture painting class and they all do a Christmas painting and enjoy Christmas cookies and hot chocolate.
    My mom, daughter and I plan to, in 2019 to set down with each other and start making our own Christmas cards. Just a few ideas from our family.
    Thank you for sharing and God Bless you.

    • Chanele
      January 8 / 5:51 am

      Thank you Gloria for your lovely comment and sharing all of the memories and traditions your family does. I love the angel tree idea. It’s such a thoughtful way to give back and make it a whole family experience. That’s also a great idea to make cards together with your mom and daughter. It’s so nice to gather around and catch-up and craft together. My daughter just turned three so we just started making Christmas cookies together. I look forward to the growing traditions. Thanks for sharing your traditions! God Bless.

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