Christmas Eve Memories & Traditions

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is here! It seems like we wait all year long for Christmas to be here, and then all of a sudden, it’s here! There are many ways that people celebrate Christmas Eve but today, I’m sharing a few of our Christmas Eve Memories & Traditions that make our holiday celebrations special. Plus I’m sharing some fun gifts to help enjoy the weekend!

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Christmas Eve Memories & Traditions

A few years ago, my daughter’s 4th-grade class learned the Christmas poem “The Night Before Christmas“. When we visited my 94-year-old Grandma that year, I was able to record the two of them quoting the classic poem.

As we think about Christmas Eve, I thought it would be special to reshare this so we can all enjoy it again! This video clip is special to me for several reasons:

  • I love seeing the two of them working together to quote this lengthy poem.
  • I love the fact that my kids and their great-grandmother had such a wonderful relationship.
  • I love the fact that we were able to celebrate together with my kids and Grandma for so many years.


As I was thinking about Christmas Eve, I started thinking about different things we have done over the past few years.  One year we took four generations through Lights under Louisville and Grandma led us all in trying to quote this poem. What fun memories we got to share during that long van drive as we waited in lines to see the Christmas lights.

Some people spend Christmas Eve going to midnight candlelight services, while others stay home and read the Christmas Story and sing carols.  A few years ago, I received this Christmas book called “Twas the Evening of Christmas“.  What a neat way to celebrate Christmas Eve with the kids in your life!

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Give a New Book

As a child, one of my favorite memories of Christmas Eve was the one present we would open after we had quoted the Christmas story from Luke 2. I would always get a new book that would keep me busy for hours before bedtime. Looking back, I suspect that my parents used this as a way to get us out of the living room while they finished prepping the gifts from Santa.

Whether you are looking for a new telling of a classic favorite like Anne of Green Gables or prefer to gift a book that will spark the imagination and help you start dreaming about your next adventure, a book under the tree for Christmas Eve is always a great idea!

Give PJ’s or Socks

Some families have a tradition of giving new pajamas or socks on Christmas Eve. This is a fun way to guarantee everyone will be festive and comfy for Christmas morning.

Feed the Reindeer & Santa

One of the fun traditions with many families is to feed the reindeer and Santa. Reindeer food doesn’t have to be complicated. Just mix up some dried oats, crackers, or popcorn and sprinkle it out on the driveaway. And of course, don’t forget to leave some cookies, chocolate or milk for Santa.

What are your favorite Christmas Eve traditions and memories? I’d love to hear!

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How do you celebrate Christmas Eve? However you are spending the day, I wish you the best of the season and pray you can remember the real reason we celebrate the Christmas holiday!

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