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Christmas is just around the corner!Β Today, we are talking all about Christmas traditions, old and new. Those may be family traditions, personal traditions, long-standing traditions or brand new ones that are just being started!

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Christmas Traditions

Growing up, it seems like my family was big on traditions. WeΒ  always had things each year that we never failed to do. They were just our family traditions that we never wanted to miss! After getting married, my family adopted even more traditions that we wanted to carry on with our girls.

  • Making a cake for Jesus’ birthday:Β  Even from a young age, we wanted our girls to know the real meaning of Christmas and not think it is purely about getting presents. Every year, we make a cake to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. We enjoy some ourselves, but my mother-in-law also had a new twist to the tradition that we leave a small piece outside for the birds so that they could take it up to heaven. Jesus needs cake too! πŸ™‚ My oldest absolutely loves this tradition and it really helps her to learn and understand the true reason why we celebrate Christmas.
  • Attend Christmas Eve service: I have always loved going to service on the night of Christmas Eve. The candlelight service and the message given is always so beautiful and it is one of my favorite passages out of the Bible. Plus, I get to put my girls in fancy, matching Christmas dresses:)
  • Baking Christmas cookie platters to hand out to all the neighbors: I did this with my mom and siblings every year growing up, I did it last year on my own and I’ve done it a few years with my in-laws. It is so much fun to make a bunch of different cookies and treats, and then pass them out on cute holiday platters to the neighbors. This is also the perfect way to show Christmas kindness.Β christmas cookies
  • Opening a present on Christmas Eve: This is something that a lot of people do every year. Usually it involves some sort of pajamas or comfy clothes. My mom used to let us pick whatever one we wanted, but we had to edit that tradition since some of us got really great gifts that night and then others got socks… No on wants sibling battles like that the night before Christmas! This year, I am starting something a little bit different with my girls and nieces. I am making them Christmas Eve boxes, filled with pajamas, a Christmas book or movie and a snack of some kind. This will be what they get to open on Christmas Eve night. christmas eve traditions
  • Watching our favorite Christmas movies and played board games: Without fail, we always watched Charlie Brown’s Christmas, The Santa Claus movie series and the original Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph. Plus, we would always get a “family gift” of a new board game that we would spend hours playing on Christmas Day. (More Christmas movie favorites here)
  • The Scandalous Stocking: I would recommend that you only do this for your significant other… since that’s what it is meant for:) I make it a point every year to put something a little… personal… in the bottom of my husband’s stocking. I am a pretty modest person. Actually, EXTREMELY modest. But even though it’s half embarrassing for him to pull it out in front of his family, it is also so much fun to see his reaction to whatever I picked for that year. Sometimes it’s funny and other times I try to make it something “useful”. πŸ™‚
  • A different take on “Elf on the Shelf”- Traveling Wisemen: My sister-in-law introduced me to “the traveling wise men” lastΒ year, as a substitution for the well-known “Elf on the Shelf”. Here is a little more from her, “For years it has been our family’s Christmas tradition to put together our nativity scene all decked out with Joseph, Mary, Baby Jesus, an angel and of course, 3 wise men.”traveling wisemen“The interesting thing is that there were no wise men present at all when the baby, Jesus, was in the stable. The story of how and when the wise men came to find Mary and the Christ-child is found in Matthew 2:1-12. They found Mary and him (up to two years after his birth) in a house. So, we started putting up our nativity together without our wise men inside and instead had them “journey” to Jesus. It has been a fun tradition and our girls have been a part of “traveling” the wise men. This year, my husband and I thought it would be fun for the wise men to journey through the night and when our girls wake up, they could go find where they journeyed to during the night. It has proved to be much fun for us as we move the wise men to different locations in the house (even on the chandelier) as well as for our girls locating the wise men and it helps us remember the true story of Christ’s birth.” I absolutely love it!


*Cheers to holiday traditions, both old and new*

joanna at motherhood and merlot


  1. I loveeeeee going to Christmas Eve service! It is one of my favorite church days of the year! We get extra dressed up compared to regular Sunday service and it is just a really special night.
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  2. We attend church on Christmas Eve as well.. We also get ornaments each year as a tradition… Thanks for sharing
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  3. I love the making a cake for Jesus’ birthday idea! My sister + I did the same thing with cupcakes last year and I think it has to be a tradition. πŸ™‚
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  4. I love the traveling wise men idea! So unique! We do Christmas Eve presents too! I want to do the Christmas cookie platter for my neighbors now that I have some and I always like to leave something for the mailman too! Great traditions!
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  5. So important that little ones know what Christmas is all about and that it’s just not about getting gifts like you say. I think for some families the “old traditions” have been lost sadly and others are making their own, love this post, inspiring!

  6. What wonderful Christmas traditions you have! My favorite family tradition is each of our family members open one gift on Christmas eve, open some on Christmas morning, and then open the rest on Christmas evening after our dinner. πŸ™‚
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  7. I love that you bake cookies to hand out to the neighbors. That’s so sweet!

  8. Ha ha! I love the Scandalous Stocking idea…my hubby would be so embarrassed! I try to do the birthday cake for Jesus each year too! πŸ™‚

  9. Aw, love this! Just reading these is helping me get into the Christmas spirit!
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  10. I love the scandalous stocking idea. Especially for a modest person… so cute! Got a kick out of that.
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  11. We baked Christmas cookies for the neighbors when I was a kid, too. Now my holiday traditions include watching my favorite movies and driving around to see the lights.
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  12. That’s so interesting to hear your Christmas traditions! The tradition of making a cake is so sweet. It’s always so interesting to see how everyone’s traditions differ.
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  13. We used to do midnight mass, but our church stopped it πŸ™ I’m big on the Christmas eve box now!
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  14. I LOVE the scandalous stocking idea! Tee hee! πŸ˜‰
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  15. Great traditions. We get to open one present on Christmas eve as well.
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  16. scandalous stocking hahaha epic, part of our traditions are always going to church christmas morning then coming back to cook and open presents
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  17. Our family has a bunch of traditions…my favorite is watching Christmas Vacation on Christmas Eve!
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  18. Love this list!!! We actually just made a huge batch of sugar cookies and delivered them to all of our neighbors this evening with our kids! This is the 2nd year we’ve done it and I think it’s a tradition now πŸ™‚
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  19. I love the idea of opening PJ’s or something on Christmas Eve. It’s so nice to wake up on Christmas morning in new Pajamas!

    Katie <3
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  20. We used to go to mass on Christmas eve with my mom. And when my kids were little we had elf on a shelf. I usually stick him in the Christmas tree now. Happy holiday season.
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  21. Love the traveling wiseman tradition! At our house, on Xmas eve, a tradition is to pick one gift to open and then bedtime. I look forward to it all year.

    Thrifting Diva

  22. I totally agree with the opening-a-gift-on-xmas-eve tradition! It just takes off the itch for the little ones, so that they can actually get some sleep (or rather, let their parents get a little sleep)… πŸ˜‰

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  23. I love our Christmas tradition of sitting by the fireplace with it lit, of course – chatting with our family, drinking eggnog. I cannot wait to fly home and do that with my family! πŸ™‚

  24. Love these traditions! We have been getting special “Christmas” pajamas for each of us to open on Christmas Eve for the last couple of years. So fun!
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  25. Your post makes me excited for Christmas! The only kids in our family is my niece and nephew, but now that my niece will be 3, she’s starting to really get into the holidays, which makes it so much more fun for the rest of us!
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  26. My kids would love making a cake for Jesus’ birthday! I love that idea.
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  27. Joanna! You’re so awesome having a cake for Jesus’s birthday. We talk about Jesus’s birthday a lot but I didn’t think to do cake!!!! I love the idea of the wisemen being moved around too. I’m all for the commercial aspects of Christmas, but Christmas mass is what makes it Christmas. My kids really understanding the meaning of Christmas is what is so important. I love how you wove that through all of this!
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  28. You have some AWESOME traditions!! I love that you leave a slice of cake outside too!
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  29. I love the traveling wisemen idea and baking a cake for Jesus’ birthday (absolutely borrowing this idea)! We usually have the family over for Christmas Eve dinner, watch classic Christmas movies, and open one present the night before.
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  30. I LOVE the 3 wise men idea! So cute! And no elf…that sounds like a wonderful holiday, may you enjoy every second!
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  31. I love this! Love the scandalous stocking idea hahaha I’m not sure I could pull that one off as my boyfriend does Christmas separately , so I wouldn’t be there to see their reactions! LOL I watch home alone every year, it’s a wonderful life is a family tradition we watch every year and we just saw the play of it last night- which was awesome!
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  32. Great ideas! I love the idea of making a cake for Jesus with the kids to teach the the true meaning. So cute. Also, love giving something like cookies or card to neighbors…even though every year I seem to just miss the deadline!
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  33. I love the Christmas Eve box! What a great idea πŸ™‚

  34. I Love your 3 wise men. Everything about you shouts Christmas to me. You have been glowing all season πŸ™‚ Love reading all of your traditions. That is really what Christmas is about to me is the memories of the things we do together. I could care less about the gifts… well most of them πŸ˜‰
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  35. I want to incorporate so many of your traditions! Christmas eve box, traveling wise men, baking a birthday cake. Im dying over the scandalous sock idea too! πŸ™‚ We do Christmas lights, a movie, pjs, this year we got an elf and we got to a christmas church service. :)a

  36. We had many of the same traditions growing up. πŸ™‚ One other thing we did was to sleep “under” the tree on Christmas Eve. It was my favorite nights of theyear.
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  37. Just wrote a similar post about my Christmas Celebrations in Germany…I love all these little traditions..every family has some special once and it is so nice to compare what everybody is doing =) Thanks for giving this little view into your family christmas ^^

  38. We do a Christmas Eve box! New Pjs, a movie and other goodies! It’s my favorite πŸ˜‰ I love creating traditions for my little family that the boys can look forward to every year.

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  40. The scandalous stocking… oh my word! I love this! It’s going to be a new tradition in my home. πŸ™‚

  41. We bake Jesus a birthday cake each year too! It is one of my favorite things to do! πŸ™‚
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  42. I love your sweet Christmas traditions! We never celebrated this holiday growing up so I’m always interested in reading about other people’s!

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