Family Christmas Traditions

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My oldest kid is only four, so we don’t have a ton of family traditions yet, but I seriously love the idea of having the same things to look forward to every year. My son is the age now where he remembers things from last year, and he loved them so much that those will probably be our traditions.

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North Pole Breakfast

One that I started two years ago and has really stuck in Micah’s mind is the North Pole Breakfast. Every year on December 1, the Elf on the Shelf comes back with a “big” breakfast for the kids. Usually, it’s just donuts, hot chocolate, fruit and some Christmas PJ’s wrapped up for them. We also go all out with the Dollar Tree decor. Not really. We usually just use some cute little cups with straws, a festive tray, and I break out the handy tiered dessert platter. (I use this thing for every special occasion. Ever.)

The kids love this tradition, and even if you don’t celebrate with the Elf on the Shelf, it’s such a fun way to welcome the Christmas season. Micah asked me every day from Thanksgiving until we did it, when Santa was going to bring him donuts. Kid after my own heart.

Storybook Land

We live in a pretty small town, and with that comes a lot of quaint, cute, Christmas things that have been around for a while, everyone loves them and you have to do every year. For us, it’s Storybook Land.

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This is located at the fairgrounds, and it’s a walk-through with a bunch of Christmas lights, displays and you can meet Santa at the end. (Does anyone else think it’s weird HOW MANY SANTAS there are, everywhere?! Micah is too smart for this. “Why is Santa here? Shouldn’t he be at the North Pole getting ready for Christmas? Wait why is Santa at so many places?” Ha.)

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If you live in the Albany, Oregon area and haven’t been, go check this out. It is free (donations of food recommended – helping charity this time of year is awesome!) and can take as long as you want it to.

Here are some other Christmas traditions from other bloggers around the internet.

Fueling Mamahood 

Lindsey over at Fueling Mamahood has some great ideas about how to enjoy the time together this Christmas season – and her kids are super cute! She talks about Christmas Eve boxes, which we have done before as well!

The Peculiar Treasure

Kristin is a faith-based blogger who talks about traditions that keep Christ at the center of the season. This is something that I know is important, but can have a pretty hard time doing so I really enjoyed these suggestions!

Keri Lynn Snyder

I love Keri’s suggestion of how to teach children about the Christmas story. Micah understands a lot of it through reading and Awana, but Sophia is totally hands on more than verbal – and this Star from Afar book will help her begin to grasp. She has also written posts about how to be intentional with kids this Christmas and some simple DIY advent candles!


What Christmas traditions do you celebrate? Comment below! It’s never too late to start being intentional this Christmas season!

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  1. Traci

    December 13, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    We also do storybook land, and visit some special light displays each year. One thing my kids really look forward to each year is the the first Sunday in December, my mom and Aunts on her side, plus all the kids and their kids meet to make a Norwegian dessert called Krumkake. The kids decorate cookies or gingerbread houses or ugly sweaters, and take a turn in the kitchen in the krumkake assembly line. A few hours later everyone has a big batch to take home.

    1. saneathomemom

      December 16, 2017 at 9:38 am

      I saw your pictures – it looked so fun. I love krumkake. Micah was trying to tell me he had some at pre-school but just kept calling it “ca-ca” haha. Did you guys bring them for the class?

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