10 Christmas Traditions You Can Start THIS week

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur very first Christmas Eve-Eve (we were going to my in-laws for Christmas Eve) I decided to celebrate with a special dinner and evening of celebration.  Only, I decided this around 4:30 PM!

I remembered my mom’s Oyster Stew and even though I didn’t really like it, I ran to the store to see if Campbell’s made it (they did) and began to brainstorm on the way other ways to set apart the evening.  The next year, I started thinking about it earlier!

If you are like me back in the day and are scrambling for some ideas to try, here are 10

  1. Read Christmas stories …at bedtime to your kids or to your self.

  2. Attend a Christmas concert, play or church service.

  3. Provide toys or food for another family. Google or ask around for how-to’s

  4. Go caroling with friends to a nursing home or down your street

  5. Put on a family Christmas play …we did this for years on Christmas Eve 🙂

  6. Find out where the best neighborhood decorations are and do a drive-by.

  7. Make a plum pudding, trifle or gingerbread house.

  8. Gather your family around the Christmas tree for a sleepover…not just for kids!

  9. Start a Christmas journal and record your memories, activities and gifts.

  10. Plan a holiday movie marathon and wrap or write cards while you watch.

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Christmas at four was much simpler!

Bruno Bettlleheim says, “If family celebrations are celebrated in the right spirit. The glow from these days can spread over the rest of life.”

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3 Responses to “10 Christmas Traditions You Can Start THIS week”


  1. 1 Jane Graham (@girlmeetspaper) December 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Tish, this is a great list! Thank you! It reminds me that even small activities, if intentional, can be the basis of wonderful memories and traditions! Merry Christmas 🙂

  2. 2 Patricia Maddox December 21, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    This is beautiful.


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