Do you have any special traditions you like to do on Christmas Eve? If you’ve got young children, you’ll know how crazy they tend to get on the day before Christmas, giddy with excitement. It’s always hard finding things for them to keep them entertained whilst not hyping the giddiness too much. Christmas Eve traditions are also a lovely way to build solid, wonderful family memories that your children will take with them as they grow, and have families of their own. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a little list of some of the traditions we, and other families we know, like to go through.
If you love to cook, spend the morning baking. Take a few hours to knock out a batch of mince pies, perhaps a chocolate log, and our recent favourite, Christmas Biscotti.
Visit the Panto:
We do like to do this, sometimes on Christmas Eve, sometimes before, but it’s a lovely tradition that many families enjoy, and will keep the children entertained for a few hours. Why not combine it with a visit to a grotto if the children are young enough.
Drink Hot Chocolate:
If you’re younger, then take it straight, but a little older and you might like to add a drop of your favourite tipple. Make it a real tradition and buy a new hot chocolate mug, make it from scratch and add marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles. Put on some Christmas music or watch your favourite Christmas movie and enjoy.
Eat a Chocolate from the Tree:
We love to hang little chocolate decorations on the tree when it’s decorated, and then Christmas Eve is the first time we’re allowed to try one. It’s only a little tradition, but something we like to hang on to and the children (and us) get quite excited about which one we’re going to eat.
Light a Candle:
At this time of year, it’s easy to get carried away and over indulge, but it’s always important to remember people who can’t be with you. Light a candle or two and take a moment to think about those you’ve lost or won’t be with the family this year.
Christmas Eve bags:
Wrap a little parcel of goodies for the children to open on Christmas Eve. It helps ease the excitement somewhat, and gives them something to focus on. Include a book, perhaps some slippers and some new pyjamas to help them move further towards going to bed!
Read a Christmas story:
Read a story together with a Christmas theme, maybe whilst drinking your hot chocolate from above, and after opening the Christmas Eve parcels. Take the time to relax, unwind and have a few quiet moments.
Sprinkle Reindeer Dust:
We love to go outside before the children go to bed and sprinkle some reindeer food or dust on the path to the front door. Even now the children are older this is still a tradition they want to carry on. It’s a lovely moment, and you can even spend some time earlier in the day making the food yourselves. We just mix oats, glitter and a few crushed biscuits wrapped in cellophane, and leave for a few hours.
Leave a Mince Pie:
Everyone does this right? Set out a carrot for Rudolph, and leave a mince pie and a tipple for Santa. Sometimes he likes milk, sometimes sherry and sometimes something a little stronger. Your choice.
Do you have a Christmas Eve tradition you like to do?