I am looking for some Christmas Eve traditions to start with my own kids. They are 5 1/2 & 3 this year. The problem is that we rotate having Christmas eve at my SIL’s and MIL’s. We leave out cookies/milk but that's about it. Any suggestions??
(FYI: I am Pagan, the rest of my family is not – so I tend to de-emphasize the religious aspect of Christmas – don’t get your panties in a bunch over that, just answer the question accordingly please!!)
Asked by Anonymous at 12:41 AM on Nov. 17, 2009 in Holidays
You could buy those craft kits at AC Moore or Micheal's, pretty much come with everything you need. And they travel well.
Answer by Anonymous at 2:32 AM on Nov. 19, 2009
My tradition is pretty similar to my best friend who happens to be a Pagan. We both give our children one gift that night and its normally PJ's we bake cookies and have lasagna for dinner and then sit down to watch movies at my house its normally polar express because my kids are younger, she has teens so the movies change every year.
My kids and I also check the santa tracker, we take reindeer food out and sprinkle it on the lawn (oatmeal mixed with glitter) once we see that santa is in the next state over If the kids are not already asleep i hurry them off to bed.
Once everyone is asleep DH and I pour a glass of wine and get busy on santa duty, I know I will miss this as they get older and stop believing.
Answer by 3_ring_circus_ at 12:47 AM on Nov. 17, 2009
My kids LOVE the reindeer food. Something we do a couple days before christmas, but could work on christmas eve is we decorate gingerbread (graham cracker!) houses! The day before we are going to do them we build a square house with graham crackers and icing so it can harden. Then we give the kids a bowl of icing, a Popsicle stick, and a paper plate with an assortment of candies and let put things wherever they want! When they were 3 we iced and let them place because it would have been a huge mess...but they have more fun and come up with some....interesting....houses LOL. We do Santa tracker and of course the one gift to open....PJ's!
Answer by momof030404 at 12:54 AM on Nov. 17, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 1:05 AM on Nov. 17, 2009
All GREAT suggestions!! Thank you!! Oh yeah, another thing we do is put a small tree in each kids room and Santa leaves them a special present under that tree that they can open right away in the morning. My daughter loves that!!
How about anything that we can do atmy SIL's and MIL's houses on the years we have to be over there??The kids just sit around and get bored (as do I). So I am looking for special things to do at the more formal, stiff inlaws houses.
Answer by Anonymous at 1:12 AM on Nov. 17, 2009
My parents also let us open our jammies on x-mas eve. I suppose if you don't think it's too cheesy you could do what we do. Since we always have to travel on x-mas eve we sing carols together in the car. I love those memories with my family.
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