What do you do for Christmas Eve? Have you bought and wrapped all your presents or are you scrambling to get everything ready for Christmas morning? I try to have everything bought a few days before Christmas Eve and attempt to have it all wrapped by then too. Some years, I’m still wrapping a few last minute gifts on Christmas Eve morning, but the afternoon and evening is fun time with the family. Here’s some favorite traditions that we have either done in the past or look forward to trying. Making memories doesn’t have to be stressful or hard. Most of these ideas can be pulled together easily with little to no prep beforehand.
1. Finish reading the last scripture(s) from the Christmas Scripture Advent Countdown. Or read the bible story of Christ’s birth in Luke 2:1-21.
2. Make cookies or other treats in the morning or the day before and deliver them to neighbors on Christmas Eve afternoon.
3. Sing Christmas carols together at home or go caroling in the neighborhood or to a senior center.
4. Read a couple Christmas Picture Books together.
5. Watch a Christmas movie together. Some of our favorites are (affiliate links) The Nativity Story, Elf, The Santa Clause, The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Disney’s A Christmas Carol.
6. Have a finger food, hot chocolate, or dessert bar and enjoy a fun and easy meal or treats while watching a movie.
7. Make reindeer food and leave it on the lawn for the reindeer to eat. Or buy some trail mix and use that as reindeer food. Another idea is to make reindeer dust (oatmeal and glitter) and sprinkle it on the lawn to guide the reindeer to your house.
8. Go for a drive and look at Christmas lights in your area. You can search for your city or state on google.com along with the search terms “Christmas lights displays” and usually pull up a list for your area with the best Christmas light displays.
9. Go to a matinee movie and out to dinner with the family. Save the dinner stress for the Christmas Day dinner.
10. Play family board games or card games. Some of our favorites are Rollick, Scattegories, Five Crowns, Wits and Wagers, and Uno Attack. Amazon Top Games for Families. (affiliate link)
11. Open one present. We always get new pajamas on Christmas Eve and take a fun Christmas Eve family picture with our new pjs on.
12. Let the kids sleep together in the same room and have a sibling slumber party. I remember sleeping over at my grandparents’ house and giggling with my siblings while running to the window when we thought we heard hoofs on the roof. This is definitely easiest if they don’t sleep in the same room that Santa will be visiting.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve spending time with family and friends. That’s really what the day is about, spending time with our loved ones, no matter what we do.
Title photo by Ernst Vikne (Decorating the Christmas tree) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons