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Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions: Spirit of Giving

  Christmas Straw Place straw in a basket beside an empty cradle. Each time a family member does a kind or thoughtful act, they can place a piece of straw in the cradle. On Christmas eve wrap a baby doll in swaddling clothing and lay on top of the hay. Struggling Family Take a basket of gifts to a struggling …

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Christmas Traditions: Christmas Day

Christmas Morning Take pictures of the kids getting up. First one up wakes everyone or kids must wait until a special signal-e.g.. play a tape. Read Luke 2 before opening gifts. Move Mary, Joseph and Jesus into the manager (see Nativity advent traditions) or place Jesus in the manager from Christmas straw advent tradition. Light last candle in the advent …

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Christmas Traditions: Advent

Counting down for Christmas is a popular family tradition. You can make yours’ centered around activities or use to teach the meaning of Christmas. Advent Candle Paint alternating red and green stripes around a 3″ x 8″ candle. (use nonflammable, nontoxic acrylic paint). Every night at dinner, decide as a family one thing that you are thankful for. Light the …

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Christmas Traditions: Christmas Eve

Turn down the lights and sing carols by candlelight. Take a drive to see outside lights. Read the Christmas story aloud from the Bible. Attend watch night or candle-light service. View Christmas lights about town. Let kids open one gift (such as pajamas). Hang stockings. Serve eggnog or wassail. Is there room in your inn? Tradition from Mexico. Go door …

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Christmas Traditions: Family Activities

Create memories by doing special family activities each year. Start a large jig-saw puzzle at the beginning of the season. See if you can finish before New Year’s Day. Visit Santa. Write Santa. Read a story aloud each evening. Add a new storybook to your collection each year. Watch a Christmas video. View Christmas lights about town. Make a Christmas tree …

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Christmas Traditions: Decorating

Start some family traditions centered around decorating. Pick one or more of the following ideas. Family Collections Start a collection of angels, Nativity sets, Bells, Nutcrackers, Plates, Music Boxes, Cookie Cutters, Teddy Bears, Christmas Books, Father Christmas, Candles, etc. Add a new piece to the collection every year. Decorating the Tree – Serve same menu every year. Your choice from …

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