Family Christmas Traditions

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There's something so heartwarming about a family Christmas.


Christmas is all about spending time with family and we all want to plan and host the perfect Christmas celebrations for our families, however, sometimes we need all the help we can get to achieve that.


Our visitors have come to the rescue by sharing some great ideas... delicious Christmas party recipes, Christmas games and activities, and loads of yuletide traditions.

Special congratulations to the three who WON a $25 US Amazon Gift Certificate in our 2007 Christmas Traditions and Fun Contest!

  • Julie Stewart of Texas on her winning Christmas game entry, Christmas Auction
  • Diane Roscoe of Ohio on her winning family tradition entry, Elf Night
  • Sharon Jeka of Indiana on her winning Chocolate Cherry Cake holiday recipe entry


    Family Christmas Traditions
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    Our visitors' share their favorites below...

    Christmas Tree Dip 
    This Christmas tree dip recipe will add a flavorful touch to your yuletide table. Make extra because you won't be able to serve it up fast enough. …

    Hide Yoda in the Christmas Tree 
    My brother and I invented a fun game to play once we had decorated the Christmas tree. We would hide a small Yoda figure in the tree. Then we would …

    Decorating for Christmas 
    Each year we decorate a lot for the Holidays! We are known as the Griswalds during the Holidays. It has been a tradition for over 20 years. Our electic …

    Christmas PJs 
    Growing up, Christmas was a magical time for me that always ended too soon. The tradition I began with my daughters was to allow them to unwrap one …

    Christmas On our Own 
    My Husband and I have been living on our own since we were 15 and 16 years old, even homeless sometimes. Because of this we never were able to afford …

    Breakfast Casserole 
    Every Christmas Eve for approximately 20 years, I have made "Breakfast Casserole". Then early Christmas mornings it was popped in the oven & baked while …

    3 Ps of Christmas 
    3 P's of Christmas: Pipe, Pajamas, Pie in Face I live with my three sons ages 6, 11, and 15. Every Christmas Eve we sit around the tree with 3 large …

    Wrapping Paper Fun 
    Tara's 3 fun ideas to use Christmas wrapping paper to make the holidays even more exciting. These Christmas family traditions are ones you'll want …

    Gift Exchange 
    Every Christmas day my entire family comes together for dinner and a gift exchange. We put everyone's name into a bag and we all draw one. Each person …

    The Photo Swap 
    Every year my family gathers together on Christmas Eve. As all of us children have grown older and now join the adults in an annual swap we realize how …

    Family Traditions 
    My Family Traditions The old-fashioned characteristics that flow through my family’s veins allow us to have countless traditions. Like most families, …

    Find the Pickle 
    One year my Mom decided to start buying Old World ornaments for her Christmas tree. One year she bought a pickle ornament which has a meaning that the …

    RECIPE: Christmas Wreaths 
    Using the traditional "Rice Krispie Treats" recipe, substitute corn flakes for Rice Krispies, add 2 tablespoons of green food coloring and mix thoroughly. …

    Pin the Tail on the Kalle 
    We play "pin the tail on the donkey," but we never can find a donkey so we just have kalle jahn bend over and that works just fine. We usually use a …

    Future Blackmail Material 
    Everyone in the family gets matching pajamas for Christmas Eve. It doesn't matter if you are 6 months old or 60 years old, the tradition continues every …

    Grandmoms Best Peanut Butter Cookies 
    Peanut Butter Cookies 1 cup butter or margarine 1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 eggs …

    Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus 
    Our Christmas dinner prayer is to sing "Happy Birthday" to Baby Jesus.

    Elf Tradition 
    We have a little elf that we start to put out the first of December. We call him Snuffy. We told the kids that Snuffy is there to watch us and to …

    Christmas Eve Tradition 
    We have our Christmas Party on Christmas Eve - we have our gift exchange and since my Birthday is on Christmas Day we celebrate - And, after all the …

    Peanut Ritz Crackers 
    This is one of my family's favorite Christmas/New Year's foods. This is how you make it. 1 sleve of Ritz crackers 1 jar of Creamy Peanut Butter …

    Christmas Story 
    My family loves sloppy joes on Christmas for some reason and every year they put in the Christmas story.

    Annual Reading: Rover Saves Christmas by Roddy Doyle 
    On Christmas Eve, our family drives several hours to a family party. And every year, I read the kids Roddy Doyle's hilarious book, Rover Saves Christmas----the …

    I Want That Game! 
    I have three daughters-each with lots of friends~~and that means lots of clothing, purses, shoes, etc...around the house! Last holiday season, my girls …

    Chocolate Cherry Cake 
    This chocolate cherry cake is so easy, no mixer, and the frosting makes this cake extra special..so no cheating with the can stuff! INGREDIENTS: …

    Elf Night! 
    Every year, for as long as I can remember, my three daughters celebrate "elf night"! When they were very small, I told them that the first Friday …

    Christmas Auction 
    Instead of getting gifts for each other, all of the adults in my family participate in our Christmas Auction. Each person brings a few small gifts …

    Hot Chocolate Eggnog 
    This Christmas family tradition, shared by the Butler family, will not only warm you to your toes but it's yummi-licious too! Perfect for romantic, …

    Fondue Party 
    Love having a Fondue Party - Everyone brings one thing to dip and one thing to melt - from chocolates, berries, cheeses, mini-sausages in sauce and …

    Christmas Lights Drive 
    We go out about a week before Christmas listening to Christmas music while looking at Christmas lights in our community. We come home to some homemade …

    Singing the 12 Days of Christmas 
    The Singing of the 12 Days of Christmas (the Sillier the Better) My Aunt Blanche has a glass set which depicts the 12 days of Christmas and as the …

    Bunco 
    We play a version of a dice game called Bunco. We all wrap up any strange Christmas gifts we've received or found at the dollar store along with a few …

    Family Christmas Traditions and Fun Contest NOW CLOSED Not rated yet
    There have been so many great entries in this Christmas traditions and fun contest, that it is very difficult to choose the BEST. Please help us out …

    Board Games Not rated yet
    We love playing board games after we eat. We play Scene It, Trivial Pursuit, and Scrabble.

    My Family Tradition Not rated yet
    I go over to my dad's house in Jackson Wisconsin. From there my mom, dad, sister and I go over to my brother's house. They live in Newburg, Wisconsin. …

    Gag Gifts Not rated yet
    Every year, we give each person,(relatives) a different gag gift. This gets lots of laughs.

    The Nativity Story Not rated yet
    Each person takes turns taking one figure from the Nativity set. Then we reassemble the set as each person voices their character as they add it to …

    Jigsaw Puzzle Not rated yet
    Christmas Eve we get to open a jigsaw puzzle and we have quality family time putting it together.

    Chocolate Biscuits Not rated yet
    My favorite tradition and memory at Christmas is my dad making chocolate biscuits Christmas morning before we could go see what Santa brought.

    Keep or Take Gift Game Not rated yet
    With five married children and fifteen grandchildren, and often extra people, we have a fun game. I buy inexpensive items and wrap them. Everyone …

    Passing of the Flower Not rated yet
    One person (selected the year before) makes decorative flowers out of paper towels. Inside each flower there is a coin - either a penny, nickel, dime, …

    Tradition Not rated yet
    Growing up, we opened gifts on Christmas Eve and left Christmas Day for visiting family, eating, and enjoying the new gifts. blogged ya: …

    The Mad Feast Not rated yet
    My family and I recently started a new tradition. To kick off our Christmas season we go to a madrigal feast. This event is hosted by my high school …

    Oreo Balls Not rated yet
    1 package regular size Oreo cookies, crushed 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 package white almond bark 1 package chocolate …

    Christmas Story Not rated yet
    Well, I have 2 girls and 1 boy. When my girls were small and we would put up a tree with presents under the tree, they would pick holes in them to see …

    Santa's Butterscotch Melts Not rated yet
    Be sure to leave a plate of Santa's butterscotch melts for the big guy. He'll savor them to the very last bite. Santa Butterscotch Melts Ingredients …

    Dress Up Tradition Not rated yet
    Our tradition is that on Christmas day my whole family dresses up in Christmas costumes. We spend Christmas with my nan. She wears a long red dress …

    Wii Competitions Not rated yet
    New tradition. We're having Wii competitions every night. Just the family and just for fun. Great way to bring us together during the holidays.

    Michaud Family Christmas Eve Tradition Not rated yet
    All of us get together on Christmas Eve and eat, drink and play Trivial pursuit. We've always had a Jubilee Roll from Friendly Restaurant for as long …

    Christmas Eve Tradition Not rated yet
    Every Christmas Eve, my sister and I pack up our kids and husbands and head for our parents' house. My mom makes a turkey meal and each of the children …

    Christmas Baking with Mom Not rated yet
    Every year on December 23, my mom and I bake. Each year we pick a different item that we would like to bake and then we get together and spend the …

    Monopoly Game Marathon Not rated yet
    All our friends come over with their kids and we have a Monopoly marathon in the living room the weekend before Christmas.

    Our Silver Tree Not rated yet
    We make a small silver tree on Christmas Eve and hang little gift cards, lights, and small watches on it. We call it our New Year's tree. It makes …

    Christmas Eve Not rated yet
    We always have dip, chips, sandwiches, and drinks for this evening. Then, we open up our gifts on Christmas Eve.

    Family Luv Not rated yet
    Every year on Christmas Eve I go to my gramz house, and it's the one day of the year that my whole family is together. That's why it's my favorite day …

    Tradition - Mini Feast Not rated yet
    My son's contribution to our holiday tradition is a "mini-feast" meaning mommy cooks a very big dinner Christmas Day.

    Tradition - wrapping presents Not rated yet
    My boyfriend and I wait for the kids to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Then we pour ourselves a drink and start wrapping all of the presents. The wrapping …

    Christmas Tradition Not rated yet
    I always have my friends over for the holidays. We have a great dinner, and watch movies or play board games. They are my family and I am truly …

    My Special Family Tradition Not rated yet
    ... is not to do anything but stay at home.

    Tradition - Popcorn Balls Not rated yet
    Every year we make popcorn balls. We wrap them in plastic and put hooks on them. These hang from the tree. Great for decoration and hungry tummies! …

    Angel Tradition Not rated yet
    Ever since my 9 year old son has been able to hold the star we've been holding him up to the top of the tree so that he can place the angel on himself. …

    Ornament Exchange Not rated yet
    Presents can be expensive, especially when you have big families like we do. We put a twist on the traditional gift exchange by exchanging Christmas …

    Pumpkin Fudge Not rated yet
    This pumpkin fudge recipe is just irresistible. Within minutes of it coming out of the fridge, it is devoured. Pumpkin Fudge Recipe: Ingredients …

    Christmas Holiday Dinner Not rated yet
    We go to church every year on Christmas Eve then we have crackers, meat and cheese from premade trays. Then, my son gets to open one present early. …

    Personalized Poems Not rated yet
    One year we had about 35 family members over for Christmas dinner and wanted to create a personalized surprise for the table. We strung streamers from …

    Gift Exchange "Roast" Not rated yet
    Our Christmas family tradition includes this twist to the popular Secret Santa gift exchange game. Usually we are all together at thanksgiving, so we …

    Christmas Music Jam Not rated yet
    Our family brings out a box of simple musical instruments, such as the triangle, symbols, box shaker, maracas etc. and just "jam" to Christmas tunes. …

    Cutting Down the Tree Not rated yet
    As a child we lived in the country. Every Christmas we would pull the tobaggan into the woods. After finding the perfect tree my mom would chop it …

    Annual Tree Decorating Party Not rated yet
    Every year at the beginning of December we hold an annual tree decorating party. The house is packed with people and everybody takes a turn to hang …

    Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments Not rated yet
    Every year, we come up with a different color theme and decoration style. My kids and I make the ornaments with craft supplies based on the theme. …

    The Dip Not rated yet
    The first layer of the dip is cream cheese-- spread an entire package in and make sure its not light. Then a can of refired beans, then chopped up …

    Making Xmas Stockings for Charity Not rated yet
    When my boys were small we started taking them shopping for gifts to fill very large stockings to donate to those families less fortunate then them. …

    Easy Fruit Dip Not rated yet
    Easy Fruit Dip 8 oz cream cheese 16 oz marshmallow puff Soften cream cheese, add marshmallow puff, and mix well. Serve with fruit !!!!

    New Yearly Ornaments Not rated yet
    Every year I buy 2 tree ornaments...one for each daughter. They are often mementos of trips we have taken. Sometimes they memorialize someone... they …

    Night Before Gift Not rated yet
    Ever since I was a little kid we have opened one gift of choice on Christmas Eve. Now that I have kids of my own I've continued that tradition. It …

    Cheesy Potato Soup Not rated yet
    Every year on Christmas Eve we have had potato soup. Since my kids have been little they have hated it, so we decided to change that to cheesy potato …


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