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Christmas Traditions? Bonnie Beaver♥ Due April 8; 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 18310 posts
8th Dec '12

What's some cute/fun christmas traditions for toddlers? They wouldn't be able to understand "Elf on a Shelf." My youngest probably could next year, but not this year. So what's some fun ones that the entire family could do? I'd really like to start a fun tradition.

Clk 2 kids; Dexter, Michigan 11950 posts
8th Dec '12

Make holiday decorations or even sugar cookies. Young ones can put things on decorations with tape or glue, and parents can cut. Parents bake cookies, young ones put in pre-measured ingredients.

Veronica m6 Due February 25 (boy); Fort Richardson, Alaska 1514 posts
8th Dec '12

My family just puts up the decorations together, watches movies, and makes all different kids of goodies:D
We also make homemade family Christmas cards to send to family w/pictures...nothing extra special....We like to put the focus on family, spending time together and expressing that love.

Bogey Woman 2 kids; Fort Irwin, California 1892 posts
8th Dec '12

I make gingerbread men and then when he's not paying attention, I hide them around the house and tell him they escaped somewhere and we need to find them. It's almost like an Easter Egg hunt, but gingerbread men :)

Veronica m6 Due February 25 (boy); Fort Richardson, Alaska 1514 posts
8th Dec '12
Quoting Bogey Woman:" I make gingerbread men and then when he's not paying attention, I hide them around the house and tell ... [snip!] ... house and tell him they escaped somewhere and we need to find them. It's almost like an Easter Egg hunt, but gingerbread men :)"


That is too cool...We need to do that..
That sounds like loads of fun:D

EBF*JB 2 kids; California 2859 posts
8th Dec '12

Christmas Eve we look at Christmas lights and read the Polar Express.
We also decorate the tree and house together while listening to Christmas music.



The gingerbread man idea was a good one!

Bogey Woman 2 kids; Fort Irwin, California 1892 posts
8th Dec '12
Quoting Veronica m6:" That is too cool...We need to do that.. That sounds like loads of fun:D"


My son loves it. Sometimes I'll sneak a few into my apron while he's not looking and tell him he has to guard the cookies that are on the cooling rack while I run somewhere in the house and hide the ones I stole, then I'll come back and say, "Oh, no, looks like some got away! I thought you were watching them! We need to find them!" And then when he goes off to find those ones, I hide the rest of them.

Veronica m6 Due February 25 (boy); Fort Richardson, Alaska 1514 posts
8th Dec '12
Quoting Bogey Woman:" My son loves it. Sometimes I'll sneak a few into my apron while he's not looking and tell him he has ... [snip!] ... I thought you were watching them! We need to find them!" And then when he goes off to find those ones, I hide the rest of them."

:D
I am so going to do that with my kids this year....
Thank you so much for the great family activity.

Bogey Woman 2 kids; Fort Irwin, California 1892 posts
8th Dec '12
Quoting Veronica m6:" :D I am so going to do that with my kids this year.... Thank you so much for the great family activity. "


No problem :) Have fun with your little ones ^_^

Legendary 2 kids; Beverly Hills, California 59667 posts
8th Dec '12

Harry and I get loaded drunk on Christmas eve and do fucked up shit to make it look like Santa was here, last year Brooke left carrots for the reindeer and Harry wanted to make it look like the reindeer ate them, but nobody eats carrotts in this house so they were like 8 months old, lmao he nibbled on the edges on legit moldy carrots.

3 kids; nowhere, ca, United States 46959 posts
8th Dec '12

day after thanksgiving we play christmas music and pull out the decorations. At some point we take the kids to hallmark to buy their series ornaments, we go to a christmas party every year and after we drive down candy cane and lollipop lane.
This year we started elf on the shelf. Watch Christmas movies..
Every Christmas eve they wake up and find PJ's from santa, that we take with us to nani's to change into in case they fall asleep on the way home. We spend the day there with Jason's family, then we come home, Jason and I watch Bad Santa and wrap gifts, the kids wake up on Christmas and it looks like Santa was here..
Oh we also bake a ton of Christmas cookies/candy and give cookie trays to the kids teachers, and friends and family.

Zach&Evan&Jacob'sMom 3 kids; 7 angel babies; Fall Branch, Tennessee 48611 posts
11th Dec '12

We put hot cocoa in sippy cups and take the boys out to look at Christmas lights one night. We also always go to the Speedway in Lights. My boys love doing both of those!



We always open pjs before bed on Christmas Eve and we were them to bed. Of course, after that we set out milk and cookies for Santa as well as carrots and celery for the reindeers.



I am sure there is more, but I am sleepy and ready for a nap. Lol.

Zach&Evan&Jacob'sMom 3 kids; 7 angel babies; Fall Branch, Tennessee 48611 posts
11th Dec '12
Quoting Zach&Evan'sMom (15wks!):" We put hot cocoa in sippy cups and take the boys out to look at Christmas lights one night. We also always ... [snip!] ... for Santa as well as carrots and celery for the reindeers. I am sure there is more, but I am sleepy and ready for a nap. Lol."

Oh and I DVR most of the movies on ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas, and we watch a different movie after dinner/before bed every night until Christmas. We usually do popcorn, hot cocoa and candy canes (sometimes). The boys love it!

Mrs. Brightside 2 kids; Lichtensteig, Switzerland 11733 posts
12th Dec '12

we always open a gift on christmas eve. that gift is always new jammies and maybe some slippers. and then we all get in our comfy jammies and get to wake up for christmas morning in them. this year we are going to start something new and also open a (christmas) movie on christmas eve and watch it together as a family before bed on christmas eve (when we get home from grandmas xmas party). this year we got the grinch :D

Bonnie Beaver♥ Due April 8; 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 18310 posts
12th Dec '12
Quoting Mrs. Brightside:" we always open a gift on christmas eve. that gift is always new jammies and maybe some slippers. and ... [snip!] ... it together as a family before bed on christmas eve (when we get home from grandmas xmas party). this year we got the grinch :D"


Those are actually really cute ideas. haha