Beautiful Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve is just as special as the morning that follows. While the morning is mostly about the presents, Christmas Eve is usually spent with family sharing and making happy memories. The traditions you start with your kids will hopefully fill them with memories so cherished, they carry them on to their new family as adults. Many of you might recognize these traditions from your own life, and you may even have your own unique Christmas.

New Holiday PJ’s!

Many families do this, including mine. It was always one of my favorite parts of the holiday. Kids unwrap one special gift on Christmas Eve. Some people say the reindeer drop off gifts early because they were planning a route for others. My mom always gave them to us from her and my dad, which I loved. Although I love the idea of reindeer giving gifts, I loved that my parents let us open one of their gifts a night early. Having new Christmas pajamas while you wait for Santa is the best. There’s nothing quite like being cozy AND excited.

Baking Cookies

Santa deserves fresh cookies! Of course if your day is too busy you could make them on the 23rd, but it makes Christmas Eve that much more special.  You can kill a lot of time and curb excitement by baking Santa’s cookies!

Make Reindeer Food

Don’t forget the reindeer! Make a special blend of carrots, celery, and oats for the reindeer. Kids love this! I remember going outside to see crumbs and chewed pieces of celery. As I got older I thought it was my parents doing it, but they told me the real deer and foxes in our area were eating the food!

Christmas Movie Night with Special Hot Cocoa

Pick your favorite holiday movie, make some specially flavored cocoa (white chocolate, peppermint, etc.), and get cozy for special holiday features.

Track Santa before Bed

Visit http://www.noradsanta.org/ to track Santa’s whereabouts before putting everyone to bed!

Magical Christmas Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Christmas morning is magical for kids; you know very well that you have an early morning coming up. Kids can only contain their excitement for so long before they burst into the room and wake you from your cozy slumber. I learned a few tricks from my sisters about making Christmas morning just a little easier, and a little more special. Most people will give the kids an early bed time, which does make sense. You need time to do last-minute preparations while they’re asleep. However, the earlier they go to bed, the earlier they wake up. Not to mention, kids will have a hard time falling asleep anyways.

The next is a bit more difficult: try to wake up before the kids. Yes that’s a bit early for a day off, but it’s worth it. Plus, they might wake you up ten minutes later anyways! Sneak down to the kitchen and prepare a fun holiday breakfast to have ready and waiting for the kids. They will be so happy that you’re already up and waiting with fun, tasty breakfast!

To help with plans, I’ve added some great Christmas morning recipes from Pinterest. Try these out!

Eggnog French Toast


Reindeer Pancake with Fruit Candy Cane

Christmas Pancakes

Christmas Tree Waffles

Snowman Pancakes

 
 
Sherrie Carter
 

10 Christmas Movies to Watch this Season

One of the most popular holiday traditions is watching Christmas movies on Thanksgiving night after dinner. You also watch holiday movies while wrapping presents, cooking, or just relaxing with the family. I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favorite Christmas movies to help get you started. Try to watch most or all of these before Christmas Day! 

The Home Alone Movies

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

The Grinch

Nightmare Before Christmas

Frosty the Snowman

Scrooged

The Santa Claus

Love Actually

A Christmas Story

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Sherrie Carter