was talking to a friend of mine this morning whose children are grown and out on their own. My question had to do with whether or not to keep doing one of our annual holiday traditions when it seemed my kids were being pulled to participate in other things, in other directions.
Every family celebrates special holidays in their own way. Christmas Eve is no exception with families incorporating a wide variety of traditions from the sacred to the sentimental. Here are a few of our favorites. Maybe they’ll inspire you to start a new tradition this year with the ones you love!
1. Pajama game.
In more than a few families we talked to, each family member is allowed to open just one gift on Christmas Eve. Several of these same families know exactly what they’re opening: snuggly Christmas pajamas. This traditional kickoff to the giving and receiving of gifts gets everyone set for bed and looking cute for Christmas morning photos.
2. Christmas Eve hot chocolate and Christmas stories.
Before your little elves head off to bed, spend part of the evening drinking hot chocolate and sharing Christmas stories. We have 10 great Christmas stories you can print out and read to your children tonight. Of course, you can always go right to the source for your Christmas story and choose a reading from the Gospel. Our Christmas Story printable will also help you tell the greatest story of all time.
3. Candlelight communion.
Many of our families treasure memories of attending a candlelight service on Christmas Eve with some even taking communion. While attending church together is a year-round family staple, there’s something uniquely moving about the dim lighting, the glow of the candles, and the words of the age-old Christmas hymns.
Can’t make it to church with small children or elderly relatives? Then bring the warmth of the experience to your living room. Just dim the lights, let members of the family read the story from the Scriptures, and sing your favorite carols by the glow of candles.
4. Sibling slumber party.
The anticipation of Christmas morning can bring together a group of siblings like little else. Some maximize the fun by sleeping together in one room. It’s fun to have someone to whisper to while listening for reindeer hooves on the roof!
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