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Let’s look back for a second, remember when you were a starry-eyed kid at Christmas? The feeling leading up to that magical day couldn’t be compared, the lights, the presents, the food, and the sheer MAGIC you felt?

When you pass that time and grow into a stressed, overworked adult, that magic can fade away. But, I have some amazing and surefire ways to make Christmas magical for your kids and also…for yourself. Let’s dive in and look at what the perfect Christmas Day and 6 magical family traditions can look like.

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Christmas Movies For The Whole Family

Let’s get the easiest one out of the way, shall we? This is a popular one but a fun one. An “oldie but a goodie” shall we say. These days there are a lot of Christmas movies out there that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Here is a small list for you and yours to try out this year, and maybe one or two just for you!

  1. The Grinch (2018)
  2. A Christmas Story (1983)
  3. Elf (2003)
  4. Christmas Vacation (1989)
  5. Last Christmas (2019)
  6. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
  7. 3 Days (2001)
  8. It’s a Wonderful Life (1947)
  9. Crown For Christmas (2015)
  10. Coming Home for Christmas (2017)

Bust Out Your Favorite Christmas Apron

Part of being a kid at Christmas was looking forward to the sweet treats that came along with it. Who can resist, young or old, eating WAY too many Christmas cookies? Not this gal!

If you do have kids or if it’s just you, don’t forget to bust out your favorite festive apron and get to baking.

These are plenty of Christmas favorites out there that you can try OR get a family member involved for some bonding moments.

Hit the Road For Christmas

It’s easy to get into a dull routine and just bare down for the holidays.

But why?

Part of making Christmas fun for your family and frankly, yourself, can mean switching some things up. That may mean hitting the road and seeing something new for Christmas.

Whether it’s a bigger trip or even something small like going to that quaint little town filled with mom and pop shops. One of my favorite Christmas memory is going to a small town just outside of ours and going on an annual “Christmas Stroll”. All we did was get hot chocolate and roam around these sweet little toy shops just to get out for a change of scenery.

And by golly, even as an adult, it sure is magical.

Bedroom Christmas Tree

I’ve talked about hitting the road and all but there ARE things you can do if you decide to stay right at home.

Don’t forget that even the smallest things can bring immense joy this season.

One thing that brings my kids some holiday magic would be a small Christmas tree of their very own in their bedrooms! You can get a cheap two- four foot Christmas tree just for them! Most come pre-lit so they can see that beautiful little tree sparkling at night from their beds.

And you know what? Adding one to your bedroom too just might bring some holiday cheer to you too.

Christmas Scavenger Hunt for the Win

Who doesn’t love some fun during the holidays? I know I do!

Tap into your inner kid by doing a Christmas scavenger hunt this year with the whole family! Some things to look for could be right in your backyard OR as your run errands or Christmas shop, have your kids or partner check fun, festive things off their lists and see who can get everything first! It’s not only fun for kids but you can make this something fun to do with you and your partner during a date night.

Win!

Elf on the Shelf

Speaking of kids and families, ever heard of Elf on A Shelf?

A couple Christmas seasons ago, I had the grand idea to get my kids an Elf on the Shelf and set her up doing funny and silly things every night so my kids could wake up and catch this lady elf red-handed in her shenanigans. My kids named her Cindy Lou from The Grinch that Stole Christmas.

It was definitely fun to do, but can be a lot of work especially if you’re struggling to be creative after the kids bedtime every single night in December.

What is Elf on the Shelf All About?

According to the official Elf On The Shelf website it states,

The Elf on the Shelf® is a Christmas tradition centered around Scout Elves who fly to the North Pole each night. Scout Elves arrive at homes in a keepsake box set that features a storybook. The book explains that elves love to report to Santa to tell him about each day’s activities! The best part? Kids love to maintain their best behavior when their Scout Elf is around. This way they are sure to be on Santa’s nice list!”

How Do I Start the Elf On the Shelf Tradition?

It’s pretty easy to start this cute tradition with your family.

All you need to do is:

  • Adopt your elf
  • make sure to read the book that comes with the elf so everyone knows how it works. The book will tell everyone in story form how to do this tradition.
  • Give your elf a cute name!
  • Start setting your elf up in hilarious ways to surprise your kiddos in the morning.

What are the Elf on the Shelf Rules?

There are technically a few rules when doing this kid-friendly tradition:

  • Kiddos CANNOT touch their elf at all or he will lose his magic and won’t be able to continue to surprise them in the morning with his funny mishaps.
  • The elves can’t speak but they can listen! Kiddos need to be good because the elves hear and report back to Santa.
  • The elf will leave on Christmas Eve to go back to the North Pole and will return next year.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas

I kid you not when I say there are TONS of ideas out there showing you different ways to set up your elf. It’s up to you to decide how your elf will be that night so I suggest getting a few ideas to get your started.

Here are a few setups I did to surprise my kiddos-

elf on the shelf sitting on top of toilet paper

elf on the shelf mummy

elf on the shelf treats

Every morning my kids would say first thing, “What’s the elf doing today?!” It was and is a fun tradition and in my opinion, brought a little more of that Christmas magic feel for my kids.

The Christmas Eve Gift

I saved the best for last! For me, Christmas Eve was so thrilling and one reason being that my parents let us open one gift that they picked for us that we could use that night! It was almost like Christmas came early! If you want to make it extra special this year, make a “Christmas Eve Box” for your kids or partner this year. Things you can include could be:

  • Pjs
  • Movies
  • Christmas music
  • Books
  • Festive Socks
  • Ugly Christmas Sweater
  • and so much more!

Conclusion

Use your imagination this year and make it fun not only for your family but for yourself.

Christmas IS right around the corner.

So let’s pull together and make Christmas fun and cheerful for our families and for ourselves this year.

Thanks for coming along with me as we look at some fun and festive Christmas traditions. I know I’ll be using these this year with my family to brighten up this part of our lives to make great family memories. Because you know what? The best family traditions can make for the perfect Christmas Day.

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