Create Holiday Magic with these Christmas Eve Traditions
The feeling of anticipation and excitement on Christmas Eve was almost too much to bear when you were a child. Would Santa bring you just what you wanted? Would there be mountains of presents under the tree when you awoke?
Even though the night before Christmas was exciting as a child, it is even more enjoyable watching the joy in the eyes of your children. And there are so many ways to make Christmas Eve magical. Try some of these suggestions and create holiday memories your children won't soon forget.
Throw a birthday party for Jesus
Why not celebrate the reason for the season with a birthday party. There are so many possibilities when it comes to throwing a birthday party for Jesus. Whether you put on a nativity play for family and friends, bake him a birthday cake or sing him "Happy Birthday," your kids will love celebrating.
Christmas can often be a "me"-centered holiday if you're not careful, so putting the focus on someone else will help your children experience the true meaning of the holiday. You can even download some free Happy Birthday Jesus printables
to make your party extra festive.
If the weather is unseasonably warm or you live near an indoor pool, then why not celebrate Christmas Eve in your swim suit. Not only will your children be super excited to go swimming in December, but the activity will help them fall asleep faster on Christmas Eve. There are also several indoor water parks and resorts that even decorate their facilities for the holidays and host Christmas-themed activities. Don't be afraid to think outside of the box and make your holiday celebrations one-of-a-kind.
Create a Christmas-themed bath
Kids love bath time and what better way to enjoy the holidays than with a Christmas-themed bath? Bathactivitiesforkids.com
has several ideas to make washing and scrubbing fun and entertaining. From a peppermint-scented bath, to a blue-colored Frosty the Snowman-themed bath, to a tub full of Grinch Slime, there's fun for everyone.
Feed the reindeer
For many children, one of the most exciting parts of Christmas is waiting for Santa's arrival. If this describes your children, then they might enjoy sprinkling "Reindeer Food"
on the lawn before they go to bed on Christmas Eve. Not only does it add to the Christmas excitement, but it will help them expend some of their pent up energy by running around outside.
Not everyone will wake up to a white Christmas on Dec. 25th, so why not create an indoor snowstorm with this festive snowman breakfast from HoosierHomemade.com
. From a build your own snowman donut station to snowman mugs, this merry meal is sure to please your little ones and add a certain magic to their holidays.
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