Christmas Eve Traditions

There’s no doubt that Christmas Eve is one of the most exciting nights of the year for most children. The magic and the anticipation all makes for the perfect evening.

To make Christmas Eve that much more special and perhaps distract the kiddos from Santa’s impending visit try creating some new traditions to add to the list of things the family looks forward to every year.

Here are some great places to start

1. Christmas Eve pickle

This tradition is one that will tickle everyone. It’s German in origin, though no one seems to be exactly sure how it started. Basically the pickle-shaped ornament is the last one that goes on the tree on Christmas Eve, and it’s hidden deep in the branches. Whichever kid finds it first in the morning gets an extra gift from Santa.

2. Peppermint pig

Believing that pigs were good luck, the Victorians started this tradition. To make it your own, order a peppermint pig, then smash it after dinner. Share the candy around the table, and it’s good luck for the rest of the year.

3. Pyjama elves

Christmas is a great time for new pjs, especially because the elves can deliver them on Christmas Eve. There’s even a book, The Pajama Elves by Hayden Edwards, that tells the tale of elves bringing magic pjs that you can read as well.

5. Takeout

With all the hustle and bustle and preparation for the big day, sometimes ordering takeout or pizza from a favourite restaurant is a great way to take a little break and just enjoy some good food. Turn on your favourite holiday movie, and snuggle up.

6. Christmas key

Don’t have a chimney? No worries, just leave Santa a magic Christmas key. Hang it outside on Christmas Eve, and he’s sure to have no problem at all getting in and leaving gifts.

7. Reindeer food

While cookies and milk are good for Santa, don’t forget his trusty sleigh mates. Sprinkling this mix of oats, birdseed and sparkly sugar crystals will dazzle your kids and make the birds happy in the morning too.

8. Track santa

The Santa Tracker lets kids (and adults) track the Big Guy from around the world to keep everyone informed just where in the world Santa is on the big night.

9. Create your own Christmas Tradition

Even better still. Create your own Christmas tradition. We’d love to hear about your Christmas Traditions that you do with your family throughout the festive season.