21 Dec 7 Fun Christmas Traditions For Kids
The best Christmas traditions are the ones that kids remember from a young age. Nothing quite captures the joy of the season like the wonder and excitement found in children at Christmastime. What better way to bring more of that joy to the world than with a few fun Christmas traditions for kids that help the whole family get into the holiday spirit? Check out a few of our favorites below.
1. Let The Countdown Begin
As any kid who’s experienced the Christmas season can attest, a big part of the fun is the anticipation. With each passing day comes another layer of excitement leading up to the big moment on Christmas morning. An easy, fun Christmas tradition that can last all season long is to channel that anticipation into a Christmas countdown that your kids will look forward to keeping track of each day.
Popular variations on this classic Christmas tradition include opening Advent calendars, marking off the dates on the family wall calendar or updating the “days left” count on a festive board. There are plenty of fun DIY advent calendars you can create with your kids, which will make this tradition that much more special. For an easy, personalized touch that will add a bit of fun for your kids, try a dry erase Christmas countdown sign with your child’s or family’s name printed right on it. They’ll have fun writing in the number of days that are left until Christmas and helping to build anticipation for the big day.
2. Spread Kindness And Cheer
You’ve probably heard of the popular Elf on The Shelf Christmas tradition, which is meant to encourage kids to be nice so that they’re included on Santa’s nice list. Another fun elf-related Christmas tradition that’s growing in popularity is the idea of the Kindness Elves, which encourage kindness, caring and doing good deeds for others around the holidays.
These sweet-natured little elves aren’t sent to spy on the kids for Santa. Instead they arrive to inspire the kids to be kind in all sorts of different ways by leaving them notes with suggestions on what they can do to show they care for others and also to make note of their kindness when they see it. The Kindness Elves are a lovely alternative to the Elf on the Shelf tradition that helps to get kids thinking about others. You can learn more about this fun Christmas tradition at thekindnesselves.com.
3. Bake Cookies And Yummy Treats
Baking cookies and making delicious treats around the holidays is simply a must. What makes this Christmas tradition even more fun for kids is sharing their sugary creations with friends and family. Take one day to bake lots and lots of cookies or create no-bake treats, like chocolate dipped pretzels, delicious fudge or rice crispy treats. Then figure out who you’d like to give the treats out to with your kids — neighbors, friends at daycare, or even packaged treats for long distance relatives. And of course, don’t forget to make some for Santa!
There are tons of easy and delicious recipes on the web and it can be great fun to try new recipes or improve on your family favorites each year. This tradition is great because kids can take on more responsibilities in the kitchen as they grow older, helping to prepare the treats, package them and clean up afterwards. If baking just isn’t your thing, try decorating a gingerbread house with your kids!
4. Leave Cookies And Milk For Santa
One of the most enduring Christmas Eve family traditions across the world involves leaving out treats for Santa (and his reindeer, too!), right before the kids are sent off for a night of sugarplum dreaming. This tradition has roots in cultures found far and wide, with variations often specific to local food and drink customs. In the United States, the practice of setting a plate of cookies and a glass of milk on the mantel near the chimney for Old Saint Nick is believed to have become popular during the Great Depression, and it has been a family-friendly Christmas tradition ever since.
Up the fun factor on this holiday favorite by letting your kids present Santa’s midnight snack on their own personalized Santa cookie plate and mug, including a special, customized message from the kids that’s sure to land them on Kris Kringle’s nice list. Let your kids help decide what gets written on the plate and mug and you’ll have a fun Christmas Eve family tradition that they’ll eagerly await each year.
5. Surprise Your Kids With A Christmas Eve Box
Christmas Eve boxes are another growing family tradition that can help bring the family together on the night before Christmas with fun activities, games, projects, crafts and some goodies. You can create a Christmas Eve box with a number of different items, depending on the kid’s age and interests. The key is to put just enough of goodies to keep everyone entertained for the evening in anticipation of Christmas morning.
A Christmas Eve box is not meant as a gift; it’s more like supplies for a fun family night. You can create one for the whole family or individual ones for each of your kids. Popular items that parents have been putting in their boxes include holiday-themed pajamas, a Christmas movie or book, a game, small toy or project you can do with your kids and of course, some sweets and treats everyone can share and enjoy in the evening.
6. Create A Keepsake Ornament
Christmas ornaments make lovely keepsakes that can be passed down for generations, especially is the ornaments have meaning and wonderful family memories attached to them. You can start your own family tradition by creating a personalized ornament for each of your kids every year. As your kids grow up, they will have their own set of special ornaments to put up on their own Christmas trees.
Whether you take a DIY approach and create fun ornaments with glitter, popsicle sticks, ribbons, buttons and a million other creative ideas to make lovely keepsakes (hint: Pinterest is a great source of easy DIY ornament ideas and tutorials!), or you get a little bit of help from us to make photo ornaments, customize fun figurines, or elegant glass and rustic wood ornaments, your family ornaments are sure to be treasured for years to come.
7. Make Christmas Morning Extra Special
Opening presents on the big morning is the culmination of the Christmas season. A great way to make this exciting moment even more unforgettable for your kids is to set out a Santa sack or a giant Christmas stocking full of presents, and of course, personalized just for them.
A vintage-inspired personalized Santa sack stuffed full of presents placed near the fireplace or under the tree is sure to make a lasting impression. Keep it a surprise the first time, and they won’t believe their eyes when they see a special delivery from Santa Claus himself, with their very own name on the bag. Every year after that, your kids will be bursting at the seams to see if Father Christmas came back with a personalized Santa bag made especially for them.
For a fun twist on a classic Christmas icon, try an oversized personalized Christmas stocking instead of a regular stocking. These giant stockings are big enough to fit an entire holiday’s worth of gifts inside — along with your little one, too!
Whether you end up choosing a sack or stocking, you’ll have a unique addition to your list of family traditions that will make the Yuletide holiday that much more special for everyone come Christmas morning.
With a holiday so rich in customs, there’s no shortage of great ideas for fun family Christmas traditions that you can incorporate into your own household’s seasonal rituals. Figuring out the best ways to involve your kids gives them the priceless gift of Christmas memories and family togetherness, which they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives.