Christmas is upon us! It's time for family gatherings, opening gifts and eating too many Christmas cookies. Besides the usual excitement that the holiday brings, having special family traditions makes this time of year even better. They bring your family together with something special just for all of you. Christmas wouldn't be the same without some heart warming holiday traditions. Here are some of the best things that my family loves to do around Christmas!
1. Reading the Christmas Story
Before opening presents, it's important to remind ourselves what Christmas is really about - the birth of Jesus, God's gift to the world!
2. Making cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning
Having a special Christmas breakfast makes the morning even better. Whether you have cinnamon rolls or french toast or something else, it's nice to look forward to good food on Christmas morning!
3. Chocolate advent calendars
When I was younger, I got a chocolate calendar every year. Throughout the month of December, I got to have a piece of chocolate every morning before going to school, which made every day better!
4. Listening to Christmas music while opening presents
Having the music playing in the background makes it even more festive when opening Christmas gifts.
5. Driving around to see the lights
My family never really decorated the outside of our house growing up, so I loved getting to see the decorations on other houses in the neighborhood!
6. Making Christmas cookies
Everyone knows that making the Pillsbury sugar cookies with reindeer, Christmas trees, and snowmen on them are a part of Christmas. Along with other holiday flavors, I love making (and eating) Christmas cookies.
7. Christmas pajamas
Getting new pajamas for Christmas is always my favorite tradition - I'm always down for comfy sleepwear!
8. Watching all the Hallmark movies
They might all have the same plot. They might all have the same actors. I will still watch them all and enjoy every minute of them.
9. Christmas countdown
I'm the person who keeps a Christmas countdown going all year long, but it's way more exciting when December 1st hits.
10. Presents on Christmas Eve, stockings on Christmas morning
I used to have to split my holiday between my parents, so my family got into the habit of opening presents the night before Christmas and saving the stockings for the morning. It might be different, but I look forward to it every year.