5 Easy Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Kids

Christmas traditions are the backbone of the holiday. Once established within your family, they will be the glue that holds everything together.

My children can miss a whole lot of different things about the holidays, but if we were to forget or miss one of our traditions, it would be a BIG DEAL. I love it, though, because that means I’m helping to instill lasting memories that will go with them into their own families.

Traditions can be started at any point, but to have maximum staying power, the earlier in your child’s life you start them, the better. Sometimes traditions happen organically, but sometimes you have to make a concerted effort to start them.

But they don’t have to be big deal. In fact, the simpler your Christmas traditions are, the easier they are to maintain each year. These are five of our big ones, and they are super easy.

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Decembear Advent Calendar is a big deal Christmas Tradition at our house.

Advent Calendar – We do an advent calendar every year, and it’s always the same one. Actually, it’s the same one I used growing up. It’s a simple fabric panel with a stuffed bear.

Each day of the month, the bear looks in a different spot around his house for Christmas. So each morning, you simply move the bear to the appropriate place. My kids love this Christmas tradition as much as I did as a kid.

These panels are super easy to make, you are simply hemming the four edges and hanging it. They are difficult to find anymore, unless you want to pay upwards of $300 online; believe me, I’ve looked.

But then last year, at Joanns, I found an entire roll of them. I was so excited, I told most of the store employees all about my advent calendar trials. I bought 6 panels at $5.00 a panel, so I could give one to each of my siblings. I gave them to my married siblings that Christmas and kept the others for when they’re married.

If you need an idea on other easy Advent Calendars, check out our post here.



Collecting Christmas Books – This is not a set Christmas tradition, meaning we don’t all go to the store and pick out a Christmas book. Each year I do try to pick up two or three beautiful or fun Christmas books that only get pulled out in December.

All the Christmas books go in a basket near the tree and the kids pull them out to read. They have favorites from years past and always enjoy the new ones. They’re just fun to read, since you only get them for a short time each year.

We’ll sometimes read a few before bed, or while drinking hot chocolate. It’s just fun, and not difficult to maintain each year. Some of our favorite Christmas books are Snowmen at Christmas and Peter Spier’s Christmas. 


Baking Goodies – Most people bake goodies during the holiday season, and have special family recipes, which is wonderful. We do to. We love our Rocky Roads and fudge. Another thing we do WITH those goodies is take them to the local Police Station and Fire Station on Christmas Day.

We want to stress to our children that not everyone gets to be at home with their families during the holidays. These brave men and women are sacrificing family time to help keep us safe, so we want to say Thank You for that, even if it means putting down the toys and gifts for a few minutes to make our deliveries. The kids also make cards for the first responders


Christmas Pajamas are a great Tradition!

Christmas PJs – This is a Christmas tradition that my mom started with my siblings and I, as well. On Christmas Eve, our kids have one gift they can open, and it’s always pajamas. Sometimes they’re homemade (who am I kidding, only a few times have they been homemade).

But they get to open a new pair of pajamas to wear to bed on Christmas Eve night, and wear to open presents in the morning. My husband and I typically do it as well, although sometimes we’ll get new slippers or a robe; it’s still in the same category as pajamas.


Christmas Lights – Our family goes out driving to look at Christmas lights each year. We wait until at least the middle of the month, when most people have their lights up, then we put pajamas on the kids, load up a plate with goodies and to-go mugs with hot chocolate, and drive around the different neighborhoods looking at lights.

We play Christmas music and have a good time, all ensconced in the mini-van for an hour or so. Some years are less fun than others, depending on attitudes, but we always do it. My kids don’t remember that last year siblings were annoying in the back seat, they just remember that they love to participate in this Christmas tradition.


These five Christmas traditions in our family are very important to us, but super easy to implement. The easy factor is what allows us (me) to keep it going year after year. If it’s not easy, you’re not going to do it each year, admit it.

Do you already do these traditions, but want to add more? Or maybe you don’t have any, but want or need to start some within your family. Read our eBook, Family Traditions, for ideas that span the month of December, as well as traditions specific to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Don’t let this Christmas season pass by without starting something new in your family! Grab it now for less than $3; you really can’t afford not to check it out!

Christmas traditions are the backbone of the holiday. The simpler your Christmas traditions are, the easier they are to maintain each year. If it's not easy, you're not going to do it each year, admit it.

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  • Tammy November 30, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    You listed several great ideas that would make nice traditions for the kiddos. I love that they are relatively easy and not a lot of work or expensive. Let’s be honest…that elf on the shelf concept is brilliant but drives me insane!!! Way too much work. 🙂

    • Rebekah @ My Circus My Monkeys November 30, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      I think with the Elf, I’d do really good for about three days…

  • tineke - workingmommyabroad November 30, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Love this! Big fan of the jammies and i want to start with the advent calendar as well

  • Rachel Ritlop November 30, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I love holiday traditions! I love seeing all the pretty lights and eating delicious treats!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • Bethany | Messy Blessed Life November 30, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Wonderful ideas! We’ve always gone to look at Christmas lights together every year and now that I have a family of my own we’ve gotten Christmas pjs every year. Traditions are so much fun and make for sweet memories. ❤️ I love your tradition of taking baked goods to the police and fire stations. We might just have to add that to our Christmas traditions!

  • Diedre November 30, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    I love this post! My kids are 3 & 5 and my hubby and I look forward to beginning new traditions with our kids.

  • Stephanie November 30, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    We always did Christmas pj’s and a movie – but I love the idea of Christmas books! My daughter is only 13 months old and I am so excited to start traditions with her.

  • Amanda November 30, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I love that the traditions are not overwhelming. I want to be doing things we can stick to as a family. I’ll talk it over with my husband and see what traditions we would like to start. We have very different backgrounds and I’d like to include things from both families. 🙂

  • Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms November 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    I love traditions that are easy to do! My husband is a fireman and worked for the police department so I know how much they appreciate people thinking of them!

  • Tabitha Blue November 30, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    We do most of these too, love our Christmas traditions!

  • 1stopmom December 1, 2016 at 12:11 am

    I love these tradition ideas. Every year I give my kids a Christmas eve gift that is a game or craft they do with one another.

  • Alicia Snow December 1, 2016 at 1:24 am

    We do all of these to some degree or another. I love holiday traditions!

  • Shannon December 1, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    These are all such great traditions!

  • Bethany Mitchell December 1, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I love these. My son is 3 now so trying to make this year magical. I just ordered an advent calendar online yesterday 🙂


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