5 New Christmas Traditions to Start this Year

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Start New Christmas Traditions this Year

There isn’t much that I enjoy more than celebrating Christmas with my family. Remembering the birth of our Savior surrounded by hot cocoa, pjs, twinkle lights, presents, and people that I love is difficult to beat. In years  past we have tried a few different traditions around Christmastime, but most have faded from our holiday routine. The birth of our third child sparked a fire in me to give some new family Christmas traditions a shot.

5 of the Best Family Christmas Traditions

The traditions that we have going at our house right now are 25 Books of Christmas, Christmas Eve Boxes, Advent Countdown Cards with Scripture Readings, and making homemade ornaments. We chose these four because they are cost effective, simple to do with small children, and super fun!

 1) 25 Books of Christmas

I love this idea because it makes my kids so excited about reading time! Each night they get to pick one wrapped book from under the tree. They open it together and we read it as a family before bedtime. You can choose to pick these books up at your local library, use books that you already have at home, or purchase new books to use each year. These are a few of our favorite options…

 2) Christmas Eve Boxes

On December 24th each member of my family will open a Gift Box with his or her name on it. These boxes contain gifts for us to use on Christmas Eve during our family celebration time.

Christmas Eve Boxes | 5 New Christmas Traditions to Start this Year | Faithful Farmwife

The boxes are loaded up with Christmas Pajamas, homemade sugar cookie mix, m&m candies, hot chocolate packs, popcorn, tootsie rolls, and personalized ornaments. After opening the boxes we will change into our pjs, bake the sugar cookies, eat popcorn with m&ms, hang our ornaments and watch a Christmas movie on Netflix. I have also wrapped a game for the family to open (Pie Face) that we will play that night as well.

Christmas Eve Boxes | 5 New Christmas Traditions to Start this Year | Faithful Farmwife

 3) Advent Countdown Cards with Scripture Reading

This Christmas tradition started a couple of years ago for us. At first we had cards printed that I would hang on a ribbon on the wall with clothespins…

Now we have a toddler in the house who likes to tear things off of the walls so I have adapted it to a stack of envelopes on the desk. Each envelope is numbered 1-25 and has a card with a special Christmas themed activity inside. We check a new envelope each day and the kids are always so excited to see what activity is in store.

The cards also include verses of Scripture to read each day. If you want to try this one for yourself, but you don’t want to make your own cards then you can check out this Advent Countdown Card pack!

Advent Countdown Cards | Faithful Farmwife

4) Make Homemade Ornaments

Making ornaments together is a true bonding experience. Parents learn to be patient and give up a little control while the kiddos learn a new skill and have fun with mom & dad. There are tons of different homemade ornament tutorials, but these are my favorites…

  • Salt Dough Ornaments– My kids love making salt dough ornaments! They get to help mix the ingredients, shape using a cookie cutter, and paint!
Salt Sough Ornaments | 5 New Christmas Traditions to Start this Year | Faithful Farmwife
  • Cinnamon Ornaments– This is a no-cook recipe that is simple & fun for parents & his!
  • Icicle Ornaments– You only need two ingredients for this ornament–> Borax & Water! This one also doubles as a science experiment!
  • Felt Tree Ornaments– Let the kids choose their own color of felt for this project.These Christmas traditions are easy to implement and fun for every family member. Making them stick in our holiday routine should be a piece of cake:)

5) Create Fun Treats in the Kitchen

My kids love this time of year because they know that one of our Christmas traditions is to get in the kitchen and bake!

Here are some fun recipe ideas for you to try:

Peppermint Bark Pretzels | 5 New Christmas Traditions to Start this Year | Faithful Farmwife

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  1. I love your Christmas Eve boxes! That is such a great idea and it’s a fun way to start an evening of family fun where the kids won’t just be focused on the presents they’ll get to open in the morning. ๐Ÿ™‚ It sounds like you’re going to have a wonderful family Christmas this year! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jess | jessedelblut.com

  2. I agree with Jessica about the Christmas Eve Boxes. It’s a fun way to make the following Christmas morning more exciting with surprise outfits and whatnot! Your fifth idea about making treats reminded me of what I did last December. I organized a cake baking activity with the kids and each of them had to crack hazelnuts for ingredients. Know what they used? Traditional nutcrackers! I came up with the idea upon reading this article: https://www.cuckooforest.com/blogs/cuckoo-forest-blog/nutcrackers-that-actually-crack-nuts. It really set the bar high for this year’s holidays.

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