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
Make reindeer food for Santa’s hungry reindeer
Watch a Christmas movie at midnight
Volunteer at a homeless shelter
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
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)
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
Find friends, family, and coworkers to sponsor a family for Christmas
Fill boots up with goodies on Christmas Day
Host a favorite things party
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
Create outdoor bird feeders
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
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! 🙂
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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.
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.