Since we travel to see family on Christmas Day, we spend Christmas Eve much like any other day. Typically John has to work for at least part of the day as well. For years, it bothered me that we had no "real" Christmas Eve Plan. . .afterall, you know what a planner I am.
But what I have come to realize, is that we do in fact have a plan, it's to spend time together as a family enjoying the season. After all the bustle and hustle, it's a great day to enjoy each other, eat cookies and keep the lights and holiday music flowing.
So in case you are feeling out of sorts for Christmas Eve, here are some ideas to jump-start your own family time. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, you can adapt some of these to spend a quality family night together.
5 Ideas for Spending Christmas Eve as a Family:Build and decorate a Gingerbread House
I pick one up right after Thanksgiving, but we don't make it until Christmas Eve.
Play a game
This is a great day for a epic game of Monopoly or other fun board game.
Watch a movie
Either a great Christmas Classic, such as The Polar Express or something fun, like Star Wars. Pop come corn, snuggle up and enjoy under the holiday lights.
Keep dinner simple
We do a dinner of finger foods and appetizers. Easy to make, easy to clean up, and it's fun.
Indulge in Traditional Christmas Activities
Read Twas the Night Before Christmas. We've been counting the days with our holiday book collection, and I always wrap this classic book for the 24th. We read it out loud together before putting out cookies, milk and carrots. You can make Reindeer Food (oats and glitter), hang up the stockings and share stories about Christmas when you were a child.
The important part is to spend time together. Festive food, sparkling cider (cocktails for the adults) and holiday music can put everyone in the mood. So turn on the holiday lights, and enjoy!
What are some of your Christmas Eve Traditions?
catch you soon -