25 days of christmas traditions

this year is my daughter’s first christmas. it has made me think about all the christmas traditions we had when i was growing up and what i’d like to carry on to her. christmas is a magical time & i believe it should be celebrated all month long! here are 25 of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit.

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getting into the holiday spirit

1. take a photo with santa

2. write a letter to santa

did you know that you can send a letter to santa through the USPS & receive a letter back with the north pole postmark!? see all the details here.

3. use an advent calendar

here are so many different options for advent calendars. we always had a countdown sign, or the ones that come with chocolate. but now there are so many neat and original options!

photo belongs to jennifer maune | maune legacy

i absolutely love this festive gingerbread house that jennifer from maune legacy uses in her house. she includes a printable with cute ideas you can cut out and re-order as you like!

check out bessy’s post over at simply bessy for simple printable countdowns, (that look great in a frame!) including one that kids can color. she also has a printable calendar of activities for the entire month.

photo belong to jess | the simplicity journal

i love how jess from the simplicity journal displayed her ideas! this would even be great to use to hang christmas cards, or even to hang pictures with year-round. she also has a few great ideas listed!

check out this post from kristin over at exploring domesticity for a ton of great ideas to add to your advent calendar, including acts of kindness, activities and treats!

4. take family photos

5. buy (or make!) a wreath for the front door

6. make a christmas ornament

what better way to commemorate the year than a pretty diy ornament!? i love that my family has saved all of mine from my school years. they are so neat to look back on! i can’t wait to make ornaments with sadie this year, you know, all of those “baby’s first christmas” ones!

for an ornament that is both kid & adult friendly, check out these diy galaxy ornaments from kristin at exploring domesticity. they are the perfect way to give your tree that special touch!

photo belongs to sheri | hazel + gold designs

or if you’re extra crafty and own a cricut machine, check out this beautiful diy subway art ornament from sheri at hazel and gold designs.

7. go out to look at christmas lights

8. throw a christmas party with your family

kristy has a great post over at seven graces on holiday hostess tips (including a little bit of table/decoration envy… i mean, inspiration!)

9. create a christmas craft

there are a ton of crafts you can do this christmas, from simple kid-friendly crafts to those you can gift to your family!

photo belongs to codi | creative wife and joyful worker

for a beautiful, practical craft, why not create your own gift tags to give all of your gifts that special touch? codi from creative wife and joyful worker did all the hard work for you by providing a free printable of beautifully made tags. all you have to do is cut, hole punch & add a pretty ribbon!

10. watch christmas movies

wrap up all of your favorite christmas movies, then unwrap one each night and watch it!

related: my favorite christmas movies

or, if you don’t have a big collection, turn on freeform and watch one of the “25 days of christmas” movies. check out this year’s schedule!

11. decorate the house

12. elf on the shelf

ahh, scout the elf who reports to santa if your child has been good or bad that day. we’ve never done elf on the shelf growing up, (i actually have never heard of it up until a few years ago!) but it is a popular tradition in many households! there are a ton of great ideas on pinterest of where to put scout every night. here is a list of 100 ideas.

kristin from exploring domesticity has a great idea for her elf for parents who want to use the rest of “santa’s” wrapping paper! check it out here.

photo belongs to aileen | aileen cooks

a great alternative to the traditional elf on the shelf are kindness elves! aileen from aileen cooks uses these with her kids to encourage random acts of kindness throughout the month.

13. participate in a secret santa gift exchange

14. have a family game night

15. decorate the tree and let your child(ren) put the star on top

photo belongs to jess | the simplicity journal

or set up a tree your kids can decorate over and over again, like jess from the simplicity journal does for her girls (and for only $12!)

giving back

16. donate your time to a soup kitchen

17. donate toys to the needy

i know we have all heard of toys for tots, the organization that donates toys to needy children. even though christmas isn’t all about the gifts, it makes me sad that some kids aren’t going to get anything for christmas. check out toys for tots or an organization local to you. it’s also a great way to teach your children about giving!

18. do random acts of kindness

kristin from exploring domesticity has some great ideas for random acts of kindness in this post!

19. sing christmas carols at a local nursing home

20. bake cookies for relatives

21. send christmas cards

christmas eve

22. read “the night before christmas”

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23. leave cookies for santa

24. create & open a christmas eve box

i love this idea from krystle over at the bee keeper’s tales of opening a christmas eve box, including new pajamas to wear that night, hot cocoa, a new christmas movie & a special ornament for your child.

25. make reindeer food so santa’s reindeer can find your house

want more christmas goodness?

check out my christmas-themed pinterest board for diy home decor ideas, recipes, gift guides & more!


  1. Ella says:

    Oh my goodness, those cookies look delicious! I absolutely love Christmas cookies and Christmas food in general. That gingerbread house advent calendar looks wonderful – such a great idea. This article has certainly got me feeling Christmassy.

  2. LeeAnn says:

    I love all these ideas! Setting up or tree together has always been our family tradition. My son is older now (20) so he doesn’t get involved as much anymore. Now it’s just me and my daughter.

  3. Courtney says:

    I think making a Christmas ornament is one of my favorite traditions! We made one last year, but we’ll have to have a new one made to add our newest addition!

  4. Meagan says:

    These are great ideas for traditions! We love our family holiday traditions and the kids get excited when they know they are coming soon.

  5. LaToy says:

    I’m really looking forward to Christmas this year and I can’t wait to do fun traditions with my son! I’m excited to make our gingerbread house this year!

  6. Charlene says:

    These are some amazingly fun and great ideas. Of course I like the cookie baking for relatives and the random act of kindness, oh and the taking pictures. Love how you put this together. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Lexi says:

    It will be my daughter’s second Christmas and I have been trying to decide which traditions to start. Thank you for such a great list, so many ideas!

  8. Hannah | Lovely Little Lives says:

    What a fun and simple way to countdown to Christmas! I love the idea of a Christmas Eve box, I need to start that tradition in our house!

  9. Nicky HypeGirls says:

    This is the first Christmas I decide to go all out with my decor and you have so many good ideas here! Thank you for sharing I can’t wait to create our Christmas craft. And we always donate old toys and clothes to the needy, giving is such an important lesson to teach our kids. Nice article mama!

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