14 Christmas Eve Traditions For Families

Christmas Eve Traditions are a MUST!

Our family has some crazy-fun traditions…including our traditional Lazy Day Holiday!

We also have a family night every single Friday.

And we love our traditions..so we’re adding even MORE!

These 10 Christmas Eve Traditions are incredibly fun!

Traditions have helped our family grow into a close-knit family.

Our best friends live under the same roof with us..and one reason that’s our family’s reality is because of creating family traditions that are doable, non- stressful and completely loveable.

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Ready to try some new family traditions for Christmas Eve? Try one (like making Christmas lasagna!) or ALL of these ideas to make Christmas Eve a super magical time of year!

Christmas Eve Traditions For Families

Be a secret elf! 

Spread Christmas cheer the week of Christmas (and especially Christas Eve) by leaving Christmas cookies, homemade hot chocolate and even handmade stockings for your unsuspecting neighbors, family and co-workers…just because! 

Get more secret elfing ideas and printables here!

Give your family new Christmas mugs.

I LOVE this idea!

Get matching mugs for each family member…personalized is a fun touch!

Inside the cup have hot cocoa or apple cider for your family to enjoy on Christmas eve!

Make Gingerbread Men or Houses

We make gingerbread cookies and sometimes gingerbread houses.

But we keep it super simple!

You can buy gingerbread houses sets to save time or even make them from pop tarts!

Keep it as simple or complicated for your family.

We like simple!

Wear new Christmas jammies.

Give each family member a new pair of Christmas jammies!

The sillier, the better!

We love these jammies that not only look adorable but seem super-soft!

Let Kids Have “Secret Buddies” with Their Siblings

Every year we let our kids draw names and they each get a “secret” buddy.

On Christmas day they give a gift to their sibling. It’s fun to see them trying to keep the surprise a secret!

Create a Christmas Eve selfie station.

Create a simple, but fun Christmas selfie background (You can totally just use your Christmas tree) or you create some simple Christmas backdrops!

Get ready for for BIG giggles!

Be sure to pose in your Christmas jammies with your Christmas mugs!

Read both Christmas stories.

My best friend shared her family traditions with me over a decade ago.

Her family reads the true story of Christmas in Luke 2.

Then they read Twas the night before Christmas…all as a family, huddled around the fireplace.

Precious and simple memories!

Go on a Christmas light scavenger hunt.

Grab this fun printable scavenger hunt and add an extra does of fun to looking at Christmas lights!

Watch classic Christmas movies.

It might surprise you what classic Christmas movie your spouse or kids have never seen!

To get started, I recommend The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer!

See if you can watch all the Christmas classics that are parent approved (not all of them are in our family.)

Camp out under the Christmas tree.

Super simple but fun! Camp out around the Christmas tree on Christmas eve.

Pull out the sleeping bags, play Christmas music and enjoy one fun snacks as you enjoy this special night!

But make sure no one cheats and peek in their Christmas stocking…ha!

Go to Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Event.

Yes, we LOVED spending a day at Dollywood during their Christmas event.

Read all the details here and schedule a trip to Dollywood for every Christmas!

Play Christmas Bingo.

Such a simple game that requires little prep.

We choose this game because all ages can play!

You can grab a huge stash of holiday candy and give it to the winner of each round.

Here’s a printable Christmas Bingo game you can download and print now!

Watch the Nativity Story Movie.

I have never seen a movie that depicts the birth of Christ with such accuracy.

Be warned though, the beginning scenes are pretty violent and though they’re not graphic, they can be disturbing to children under the age of ten.

There are also two birth scenes, but again nothing graphic.

This is a movie pick best for kids ages 12 and up!

But it’s still an awesome Christmas Eve tradition to start!

Wear Silly Christmas Socks

If ugly Christmas sweaters are too expensive, try silly Christmas socks from your closest dollar store! See who can find the silliest and ugliest pair of all!

Plus, the socks will keep everyone’s feet warm!

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Does Your Family Love Christmas Traditions?

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