Christmas is all about traditions. Taking things you did as a child and passing them onto your own children is what makes Christmas memorable. I not only take my favorite traditions of my childhood and do with my kids, I make my own traditions.
My mom always gave us a “junk box” for Christmas. This is exactly what it sounds like, a present full of junk. Things the kids need but might not want. Including socks, underwear, crayons, cheap fun jewelry, body paints soaps from Avon, $1 store games, and books. Even though it contained under garments it was always my most favorite present to open. The junk box was usually the biggest box and had the most fun things hidden beneath those socks and underwear. My kids have been getting junk boxes since their first Christmas, even if it was full if wipes, baby snack food, and diapers. Now that they are a bit older they are excited for the junk box to come out.
We always do the traditional decorating cookies before Christmas as well. I never did this as a kid so it is one thing I wanted my kids to experience and remember. Granted this year I took the easy way out and bought the gingerbread men already baked and undecorated, but they will still enjoy playing with icing and candy.
Our Christmas eve is filled with a fun tradition the kids love. They get to open 1 gift from under the tree on Christmas Eve. They get new Christmas Pajamas. Usually I rush out and try to find Christmas Pajamas the week of Christmas but this year I ordered them very early! A month early! I am really excited about them opening up this pair of pajamas. After pajamas are open we have dinner. Traditionally I cook homemade pizzas or something along those lines but this year we are going to go out to our favorite Mexican restaurant. The kids are really excited about going. After dinner go driving around looking at lights, usually until the kiddos fall asleep so Mr. and Mrs. Claus can get things all set up for in the morning!
Christmas morning we always have cinnamon rolls for breakfast. It is something sweet, fun, and fast the kids can eat before their excitement of checking out all their gifts take over.
What about you? What are your families Christmas Traditions?