7 Christmas Traditions Your Family Will Love

October 29, 2014 4 Comments

As the sun set on our (for once) gorgeous summer, my thoughts turned quickly to Christmas. Front of mind for me this year is not ‘what will I get everyone?’ or even ‘what will I cook?’ (although these are right up there, as usual), but ‘how can I make Christmas special for our children? What traditions can we start now, while they’re young and that we can repeat, year after year and that they will tell their children about?’ In short, what does our Baker family Christmas look like?

I’ve been thinking about it for ages really, since our eldest daughter was born and now that she’s nearing three I feel like I should have my ideas nailed down and into place. Here’s my list – some of them you may be familiar with and some perhaps not! Hope you like them as much as me….

1. The Big Countdown

Of course the advent calendar is commonplace in most households in the run up to the big day, but I love the idea of a family calendar. Something to open together each day, something that you use year after year. I found this wooden reindeer calendar from The Christmas Boutique and fell in love. I bought him immediately and have spent oodles of time since planning the little treats I will fill him with. If you’re more crafty than me, you could make something – even bigger kudos with the kids.

2. Ornament Trove

Build up a collection of Christmas ornaments for your children, one each year. Perhaps they could come from far flung travels, or something you make together each year or simply something chosen with love. They’ll provide a lovely walk down memory lane as years go by and will be their starter decoration box when have their first Christmas in their own home.

3. A Moment in Time

I read about a family that takes a photograph of themselves together each year, in the same place. Such a lovely idea, I’ve got to copy it. I think I might get a special album or book to pop the pics in too.

4. Getting Personal

With a business creating personalised prints, I just had to get Ben to design something that we could put up at home too and use year after year. I’ve already decided where this cracker of a Christmas Stocking design is going to go, or indeed which picture it will replace for the month of December.

5. Twinkle, twinkle

We all put our decorations up at different times, but by Christmas Eve the number of twinkling lights in windows and gardens should be at their peak. I think we might take a little drive once it’s dark and oooh and aaah over them as we sing along to Christmas tunes on the radio.

6. Special Delivery

So once all of our cards and gifts are delivered to family and friends and we’re settling in ready for Santa’s visit, what better treat than a special delivery box of treats from the elves? A new set of PJs for everyone, some sweet nibbles and a Christmas film to snuggle up to. Or whatever else takes your fancy! I like that the PJs mean the girls will be lovely and seasonal in their pics on Christmas morning.

7. It's Cold Outside

Another one I read about, a really cute idea. Spray the bottom of your boots with fake snow, then walk from the fireplace to the presents (or Santa and Rudolph’s treats perhaps) and back again, leaving lovely snowy footprints as evidence for the children of Santa’s visit! Not sure how well it’s going to turn out, but I’m definitely giving it a go! Look out for my update on it afterwards!

I’m feeling so excited after writing this! I hope it’s left you with a little warm, Christmassy glow at the very least and I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to hear your Christmas stories, rituals and traditions. Let’s share the Christmas love and cheer!




4 Responses

Names In Frames
Names In Frames

October 30, 2014

Lovely, lovely traditions ladies – I might have a part two to the blog! Thank you for your comments xxx

Helen Jacobs
Helen Jacobs

October 29, 2014

We used to have our stockings on our bedroom door, my sister and I would sneak into the others room and sit in bed and open our stocking presents.

Then we’d go and wake our parents up, Dad would always go down the stairs before us, open the living room door just a bit, peek in, then turn to us and say ’He’s been!!!’

Dad still did this every Christmas until I moved out at 27!!

Danielle Binns
Danielle Binns

October 29, 2014

wow, this has made me feel all excited about Christmas with my lovely family.
I remember footprints over the carpet and up the walls when I was little.
As a child I always loved putting the mince pie and sherry out for Santa and the carrot out for the reindeers on Christmas Eve, then running downstairs in the morning to see if they had gone, only to be welcomed by a few crumbs.
Special memories and times in which I hope to create for my babies xx

Caroline Downing
Caroline Downing

October 29, 2014

Last weekend was spent making plenty of Christmas cakes to decorate and give as gifts, the house smelt heavenly for (many) hours. x

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