Fun Christmas Traditions for Families

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 Christmas Traditions for Families

I guess all families have their Christmas Traditions unless of course you are Elsa and Ana who seemed to be distinctly lacking in that department.  Is it is just us who has watched Olaf’s Christmas Adventure a million times?

So how do you ring in the season?  Ill stop now honest….  Honestly though I virtually know this movie off by heart.  In fact the twins may have made this one of our family traditions!!  I digress though.   

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Our Christmas Traditions

…are an amalgamation of old and new and come from our joint experience of the Christmas season. Recently we have started to create our own traditions with our children and that has been fun.  I am looking forward to many happy if loud and slightly crazed family Christmases.

Christmas Stocking Staples

Is it the law that every Christmas stocking must contain chocolate money and a satsuma?  3 out of 4 of my kids don’t like satsumas and yet I feel like I must include them in the stocking every year – why?  because it is a Christmas tradition.  It is also clearly compulsory to have a chocolate santa in there. 

Last year our loft space was really warm due to a computer server being in there and on Christmas Eve I discovered big chocolate lumps in foil instead of the Christmas santas that I had put in there….  Lessons were learnt!

Christmas Traditions

We also always include a myriad of lego figures for the boys.  Now that the girls are a bit bigger we need to come up with a good equivalent for them as they are not so enamored with lego figures as their brothers. 

They are my little pony obsessed right now so there will be a pony finding its way in their, but I am sure that won’t become a tradition.


Christmas Dinner

We stick to a fairly traditional Christmas Dinner which always includes the obligatory turkey and roast potatoes.  There is always have a cooked ham, but I must admit that I am not great at preparing it.  Fortunately my mum always does one for me.  We add to that all the traditional sides like pigs in blankets, sausage meat and stuffing.  My husband is also obsessed with Yorkshire pudding and so we always have to have those too which is rather odd!


Christmas Breakfast

Our Christmas traditions for breakfast involves a fry up and a good amount of Champagne.  As children I remember that Christmas was the only time that we ever had bacon and eggs.  That might not be even close to true, but that is my memory.  Our Christmas breakfast is pretty traditional, but includes a couple of differences.  We always have Irish sausages and white pudding.  Which reminds me I need to head to the Irish shop asap or that particular tradition will be cancelled this year!

After Dinner Presents

My mum started this tradition to stop my sister and I from getting bored and derailing Christmas.  Now that I have my own kids I can really see why kids can get bored on Christmas day.  They get all of this excitement with presents in the morning and then are expected to sit through what is really quite a long dinner once you factor in starters and dessert.  It really works to have them still have a gift to look forward to and so after dinner we all have another present.  This was usually a small toy or a movie for us to then watch and of course a selection pack….


Christmas Puddings 

A new Christmas tradition that we have started is that my husband makes the Christmas pudding every year.  It started as at the church we go to they do a men’s pudding night.  My husband went once as I thought it would be a good way for him to meet some people locally – so basically I forced him!!  However, he had a good time and so started to go every year.  During this evening they drink an awful lot, but also make rather good Christmas puddings and so that is his contribution to the Christmas feast and I think a lovely new Christmas Tradition for our family. 


Christmas Eve Box 

This is on of our new Christmas traditions in our family.  We just started doing it last year. It was actually really lovely to have something special on Christmas Eve.  We always go to mass on Christmas Eve and honestly it is carnage as the kids are so very excited by then so last year I got some nativity sticker books to keep them occupied and frankly quiet! 

Christmas Traditions for families
Christmas Traditions for families; Christmas Eve Box

This year I have got some Christmas themed colouring books for christmas day, some Christmas tree cookies to decorate and of course the Christmas PJs.  I am also thinking of including a family movie for us to watch.  Finally I have some edible glitter which I have mixed with oats and will be masquerading as reindeer food. 


So for us the Christmas Eve box isn’t about getting more toys or even any toys.  It is about an activity to do as a family and then something practical for keeping the little people occupied. 

 

Christmas Traditions for families that we borrowed from Norway

gingerbread When I was little we lived in Norway.  They really know how to do Christmas!  It is lovely in everywhere I have been in Scandanavia during the Christmas season.  So we have borrowed some of their Christmas Traditions for Families and popped them right into our English Christmas.

The Gingerbread House 

We make a gingerbread house which we decorate with sweets and then the kids smash on New Years Eve.  This is a family tradition that we brought back from Norway where we lived when I was little.  You can get the recipe and the history of the Peperkaka House by checking out this one:

 

Gingerbread House Recipe

The Tomte Nisse

The Tomte Nisse are those cute Christmas Elves (not to be confused with the Elf on the shelf who I am not a big fan of) that you see in anything to do with Scandanavia at Christmas.  They are part of an ancient folklore tale of a mischeivous sprite, but over time this has evolved to be the JuleNisse who is a friendly character not disimalr to our Santa Claus who visits Scandanavian Children on Christmas Eve with toys and asks if there any good children in the house.  This year I went back to Bergen where I lived and bought an adorable Nisse for our home, but we have also been making our own Nisse and they are perfect to make with children.  Click to find out how….  How to make a JuleNisse

Nisse - Christmas traditions for families
Norweigan Nisse

So there are some of our christmas family traditions.  What things do you like to do for Christmas with your family? 

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23 thoughts on “Fun Christmas Traditions for Families

  1. I am at the stage in my Christmas shopping where I am now looking for stocking stuffers for my grandkids. Thanks for the suggestions!
    1. Hope they are useful! Merry Christmas from the #DreamTeam
  2. Its interesting whatdifferentfamilies do,isntit? I thought every family had a ‘brandy spOon’ that got CEREMONIALLY lit every ChrIstmas to put a flame on the Christmas pud! I remember asking my then boyfriends Mum where her brandy spoon was and she looked at me as if i was mad! I like the Christmas eve boxes; ive seen thOse before and THOUGHT they wEre such a loveLy idea. Happy christmas! #dreamteam
    1. I love the idea of the brandy spoon! Merry Christmas and thanks for being part of the #DreamTeam
  3. Some really lovely traditions. I'd never heard about smashing up the gingerbread house. That sounds fun #DreamTeam
    1. It is really fun and yummy, but very messy!! Thanks for joining the #DreamTeam
  4. Sounds lovely - I like the idea of spreading the excitement over several days & have an activity rather than a purely material gift, there are so many of them anyway #dreamteam
    1. There really are always so many gifts and they don't need anything so it is fun to do an activity. Thanks for joining the #DreamTeam
  5. weird, I've seen frozen about 700 times, but never the christmas special. the only real tradition i keep is that we start opening a present a night several days before christmas. i've found it helps with the appreciation instead of how overwhelming christmas morning can be #dreamteam
    1. Stay away from it. It is infectious and the music is stuck in my head forever!! I love the present tradition. My mother in law comes up before Christmas Day and the kids get to open their presents from her then for the same reason. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  6. It is all about the food for me and being merry. Happy christmas to you and your family X #DREAMTEAM
    1. Merry Christmas to you too. Thanks for supporting the #DreamTeam this year
  7. These sound like great traditions, I especially love the aFTER DINNER box. I may start doing that with hubster and lola! Our favorite tradition is watching Die hard and home alone on christmas day. and all the other days of december, but it must be playing as we eat our christmas dinner. we love it! #DreamTeam
    1. Home alone is right up there with the best Christmas Movies ever!!! My kids are obsessed with it too which I love. Merry Christmas xx
  8. I love hearing about other families traditions. Love the soind of the pudding club, drinking with friends and baking! #dreamteam
    1. Thanks Charlotte. Thanks for being on the #DreamTeam
  9. Even though we all grown up you cant beat a stocking filled with little treats #dreamteam
    1. Agreed. I am 42 and until very recently my mum still did me a stocking #DreamTeam
  10. I'm not sure how it's possible but we are still carving out our Christmas traditions. There is always the main event of opening presents, eating Christmas dinner and enjoying time together - but we tend to be hit and miss over things like the Christmas eve box and I don't think there's ever been champagne at breakfast! Thank you for being a brilliant #DreamHost xx
    1. Champagne at breakfast is the only way I survive the middle of the night start to the day . Merry Christmas and thanks for letting me join you guys on the #DreamTeam xx
  11. We don't do Christmas eve boxes or Christmas day breakfast - good ideas though! #DreamTeam
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