When you’re just starting to grow your family, it’s always nice to come up with holiday routines that your kids (or future kids!) will eventually get accustomed to. Down the line, they’ll hold these traditions close to their hearts, and will associate only great memories with this time of the year.
Alert the reindeer!
Santa has got enough on his plate: he has lists to double-check and a sack full of presents to deliver. Santa’s reindeer have a big job as well: imagine being responsible for Santa’s oh-so-busy route? On Christmas Eve, why not set up your front door so that it’s easy for the reindeer to locate? Your kids will have fun partaking in the setup. You can do various things like putting glitter on the front steps or adding extra lights so that Santa’s crew knows exactly where to go.
Hot Chocolate Bar
The weeks leading up to the holidays are always insanely busy. Make sure to take a step back on Christmas Eve and spend some quality time with your loved ones. Why not set up a hot chocolate bar with bowls full of toppings like peppermint candies, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.? Lounging in comfortable pajamas while taking big gulps of hot cocoa is the epitome of the holiday season!
Santa’s Cookies: Fresh Out of the Oven
Okay, so you’ve probably been cooking/baking non-stop for the past 96+ hours. You’ve had enough of being in the kitchen and never want to see a speck of flour again. But hold on one moment! Doesn’t Santa deserve only the freshest treats? He’s travelling the world to deliver presents so how could possibly show our gratitude with a plateful of stale cookies? For a new Christmas Eve tradition, why not bake a few cookies for Santa so that they’re ooey, gooey and fresh-out-of-the-oven for his arrival? Not to mention, your kids will love helping out in the kitchen!
Many families like opening one present just before Christmas morning. Starting this year, we suggest that you make that present your kids’ holiday pajamas. This way, they can get all set up and comfy for what’s quite possibly “the best morning ever.”
An Evening Stroll
If you want to spend some time outside of the house, take a walk around the neighborhood to enjoy the beautiful holiday setups all of the other families have set up. A calm evening stroll surrounded by joyous lights can really add that extra bit of magic to your holiday celebrations.