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Christmas Traditions: Christmas Eve

In most families, Christmas eve is about traditions. We tend to do the same routines each year, and the kids love it. If you lack family traditions or you are interested in new ones, check out our ideas below.

Turn down the lights and sing carols by candlelight.

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. Or set up a Hot Cocoa bar with lots of toppings-whip creams; marshmallows; candy cane bits; chips-white chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch, etc.; cinnamon; syrups-caramel, chocolate, strawberry, etc.; and pretzels.

Is there room in your inn? The tradition is from Mexico. Go door to door knocking and asking if there is room. Last room you are invited into. Celebrate by doing any activity listed here.

Act out the nativity.

If you did the Christmas Straw activity (see advent traditions), place Jesus in the manager.

Light the middle candle in the advent wreath or wait until Christmas day.

Bake cookies for Santa.

Christmas web. A Victorian tradition where the different colored yarn is tied to a small gift. The yarns are then weaved around furniture etc. to a starting point. The person who follows his yarn trail and reaches the gift first wins the gift.

Give Jesus a gift of yourself. Make a promise to not shout at a brother, read the Bible in a year, volunteer at the soup kitchen, etc.

Have a Birthday Party for Jesus.

Hang Jesse Tree ornaments on Christmas Tree.

Sprinkle reindeer dust. Color sugar sprinkled on ground to mark the house.

Track Santa as he makes his trip around the world.

What does your family do on Christmas eve? Please share below in comments.

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