Christmas traditions, in families, have been the handed down generation to generation, or they can start today. Traditions must start somewhere, at some time.
Now is a good time to start your own traditions or to begin a new one for your family. Christmas traditions are a fun way for families to engage in Christmas festivities, making memories, year after year.
Continuing family Christmas traditions, even as twenty-somethings, is both necessary and meaningful. My husband and I began our own traditions when we married 30 years ago and started our own little family. These traditions are still very important to me, and my entire family; we continue them today. Even though my youngest is almost 24 years old.
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. -Laura Ingalls Wilder
Returning to childhood, even if only one day a year, is both delightful and important. It makes us joyful. Gives us hope. Christmas traditions are something to look forward to.
Erma Bombeck knew this when she wrote, “There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.”
I think this is one reason we have children. (a tiny reason but still…)
No matter the stress in our lives, no matter the age of the “child”, Christmas morning is the one moment that seems to lift that stress a bit.
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” -Norman Vincent Peale“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”… Click To Tweet
The definition of tradition is the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way. Christmas traditions can start at any time. It is never too late.
Here are a few traditions that my family observes, every Christmastime, even though my children have passed the ‘I believe’ age. They have now moved on to the “I still believe’ age.
- Buy a different wrapping paper for each child and there is no need for gift tags. The child knows which present(s) are his/hers. This makes it easier Christmas morning as well. The child can even choose his/her wrapping paper, if you don’t mind Star Wars or Frozen.
- Open one present the night before Christmas, right before bed. Have a theme every year of “something to keep you warm”. Examples of such gifts are blankets, pajamas, house shoes, a sweater, cozy sheets, a house coat, socks, gloves, a scarf. Anything to keep the child warm all winter long.
- Beginning your child’s ‘First Christmas’, buy a picture Christmas ornament and insert a recent picture. Hanging on the tree, year to year, is a fun way to remember and to see how much your child has grown. When the child gets married, you can give him/her all their picture ornaments for their own tree.
- Pick a focal point, and take your children’s picture, Christmas after Christmas, year after year. This is another fun way to see your child grow and relive Christmas memories.
- Have a Christmas Eve lunch or dinner, year after year, using the same recipe. You can hand this recipe down to your children and they can continue the tradition.
- Allow your child to place the star, angel or whatever tree-topper your family uses, on top of the tree. Rotate this honor child to child, every year.
- On Christmas morning, while opening presents, allow only one present to be opened at a time, one child at a time. Youngest to oldest or oldest to youngest. Change the order year after year. Don’t forget the middle child–let them start the opening process every year or so. This makes Christmas morning last a bit longer. One present at a time. Nothing is sadder than when there are no more presents left under the tree.
One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. ~Andy Rooney
Christmas traditions are important in a child’s life as well as important to an adult. Use your imagination and start your own Christmas tradition in your family. Or you can borrow one of mine.
After all, “Christmas is the day that holds all time together”. Well said Alexander Smith, well said.
I hope for you this holiday, love, peace, childish moments of glee and a lot of Christmas traditions.
Love and blessings~dd
Originally published on December 20 , this Christmas tradition blog post is included in a series of guest blogs, I am blessed to be included in, on Crystal Stine’s blog.
Want to read my post on our Christmas ornaments and how much they mean to me?