We had quite a few Christmas traditions in our family when I was growing up; putting the tree up on the 1st of December, going out for dinner every Christmas Eve, my sister and I sharing a bed on Christmas Eve, my Nan’s Steamed Chocolate Pudding with Custard for Christmas Lunch and the list goes on. As our boys get older and become more excited about Christmas, it’s given us the opportunity to start some of our own family Christmas traditions, many of which are from both mine and my husband’s childhoods. If you are looking to start some traditions of your own, I’ve put together five family Christmas tradition ideas to help give you some inspiration.
Choose a new Christmas Tree Decoration
Each year we take the boys into the city to usually head to a store like Target or Myer and let them choose a new Christmas Decoration for our tree. Although they are still young, our four year old remember that the ‘Christmas Train’ decoration he picked out last year is ‘his’ and loved putting it onto our tree this year.
Visit the Myer Christmas Windows
This is a Christmas Tradition from my childhood that I now love doing with my boys. My sister and I used to love catching the train down to Melbourne each year to see the amazing displays in the Myer windows (and do some shopping of course!) and my boys love looking at them too.
Placing a Gift under the Kmart Wishing Tree
This gesture has an extra special meaning for us, as they boys choose a gift to place under the wishing tree for a little boy and girl the same age as what their older brother and sister would have been.
I really don’t know why I only make Shortbread at Christmas time, it’s just sooo good!
Visit the Christmas Lights
When we were kids we used to say we were going ‘ahhhing’ as that was the sound we would make at every single Christmas Lights display! We now like to take our kids out the weekend before Christmas to go and look at Christmas Lights and then on Christmas Eve we walk around our neighbourhood looking at lights.
What are some of your family Christmas Traditions? I’d love to hear them!