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How to Start Your Own Christmas Eve Traditions

The anticipation of the holiday season culminates on the night before Christmas. Your kids have sugar coursing through their veins and their excitement is preventing them from settling down long enough to go to sleep. So, why not make the best of their insomnia and plan some fun activities to do as a family.

Give them a Christmas Eve box

This tradition can be done in a couple of different ways. You can give each child their own box, or you can wrap a big box that will serve the whole family. Fill the box with Christmas Eve supplies like matching pajamas, reindeer food, a new mug or cup for hot chocolate, a stuffed animal to snuggle with and a Christmas movie to watch together.

Read the Christmas Story

While your children are probably anticipating a heap of presents to unwrap in the wee hours of the morning, reading the Christmas story together can be a great way to put the focus back on the real meaning of the holiday.

Christmas Games

Make the night before Christmas even more fun by hosting a game night. You can create your own scavenger hunt, play charades, or get out your collection of board games. Playing games will give you the chance to spend quality family time before everyone’s distracted by their new gifts.

Bring treats to the neighbors

Whether you’re a master baker or you’re more of a break-and-bake artist, bringing cookies or other treats to neighbors is a great way to serve others on a holiday where we are gifted with so much.  

Take silly pictures

Buy, make or print some photo props and take turns taking pictures making silly faces and enjoying each other’s company. And if you’re all dressed in matching pajamas, the pictures will be even better.

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Jessa McClure

Jessa McClure

Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects. 

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