Merry Almost Christmas.
We DID IT.
Can you even believe it?
We have spent the last 11 days getting ready for Christmas.
When my friend Leslie first proposed the idea to me I was excited and a little nervous. Just between us? I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. I thought somewhere around Day 9, I might forget to post because I was so busy watching Christmas movies.
But here we are on DAY 12.
The most wonderful day of all.
Decorating and baking and singing and organizing and planning and decking the halls is amazing. But the most important thing this holiday season?
Spending time with family.
Here are 7 Christmas Eve traditions to start this year.
1. Take a drive-through tour of Christmas lights with hot chocolate and Christmas music
Not sure where lights are in your neighborhood?
Here’s an app that helps you find Christmas lights in your neighborhood.
It goes live in two weeks.
You can see it here.
2. Have a Christmas carol sing-along
We do this every year and my husband plays the guitar.
Set up a family hot chocolate bar with sprinkles and marshmallows and whipped cream.
And pass out Christmas carol books so everyone can sing along.
3. Read “Twas was the Night Before Christmas”
We do this every Christmas Eve.
My mother has a vintage book from when she was a child.
She sits in a chair and our family all gathers around and tries and recite it together.
Those reindeer on the roof always trip us up.
4. Decorate a gingerbread house together
You can even have a gingerbread decorating contest with prizes.
Then let everyone snack on the gingerbread houses and open up one present on Christmas Eve.
Our present that we open?
Matching Christmas jammies.
5. Take a family photo together
After you open those jammies?
Put them on and take a family photo all together.
Set the phone or camera on a timer so everyone can be in the photo.
Then schedule a holiday movie marathon of everyone’s favorite movies (we love Winter Wonderland on Hallmark).
6. Schedule a group video chat with friends and family that are out of town
This year so many of us are unable to be together.
Even though we are far apart, celebrating together on ZOOM or Facetime is so special.
Set up a call and invite family that can’t be there in person.
7. Attend a midnight Christmas Eve service
This is one of our family traditions.
And one of my favorites.
It’s the most amazing celebration to walk outside after church and it’s Christmas.
Thank you for celebrating “12 Days of Getting Ready for Christmas” with me this year.
I so appreciate you.
May your holiday season be warm and welcoming and Christmasy.
And full of hot chocolate.
And seasons greetings.
And full of joy….
…with extra merry on top.
Be sure and stop by Leslie’s and see even more ideas for traditions for Christmas Eve.
12 Days of Getting Ready for Christmas
(what you might have missed)
- DAY 1: What You Should Be Shopping for Christmas Now
- DAY 2: How To Choose a Christmas Theme
- DAY 3: 17 Ways to Make Last Year’s Christmas Decor Look Like New
- DAY 4: 7 Simple and Easy Christmas Centerpiece Ideas
- DAY 5: Gift Guides For All the Hard To Buy For People On Your List
- DAY 6: 21 DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas
- DAY 7: 25 Gifts Under $25
- DAY 8: 17 Unique Handmade Gifts
- DAY 9: Christmas Dessert Ideas
- DAY 10: 20 Stocking Stuffers under $5
- DAY 11: 14 Creative Ideas for Your Christmas Tree
Here’s what Leslie has been sharing
- DAY 1: How to Shop for Seasonal Decor
- DAY 2: A Cranberry Christmas Theme
- DAY 3: 11 Ways to Repurpose Last Year’s Christmas Decor
- DAY 4: Christmas Dishes and Table Decor Ideas
- DAY 5: Holiday Gift Guides for Everyone You Know
- DAY 6: Gift Wrapping Ideas
- DAY 7: Gifts Under $25
- DAY 8: Gifts Handmade With Love
- DAY 9: Make Ahead Christmas Desserts
- DAY 10: Stocking Stuffers for Christmas Morning
- DAY 11: Decorating a Farmhouse Christmas Tree