Does your family have many Christmas morning traditions? Our family has Christmas season traditions, Christmas Eve traditions, Christmas dinner traditions, but nothing compares to our list of Christmas morning traditions. And in doing some research for this post, I found some very interesting traditions that other families follow, as well.
I’ve always felt that traditions enhance any kind of celebrations, especially holidays. They are also something that can be passed down to future generations.
Take a look at the Christmas morning traditions I’m listing and see if there are any that you might like to add to your family this year. Some of these are things that we do each year, and many of them are traditions that are from other families.
Wear matching pajamas. I’ll admit that I’ve done this a few times, but our pajama tradition is usually that I let my family open only one gift on Christmas Eve, and the gift I give them to open is usually pajamas. I guess it’s more “always” than “usually”, but every year I tell them I’ve broken the tradition and there are no pajamas this time. They never, ever believe me. But THIS year, it really will be something different. Maybe.
check on santa’s cookie plate
Check to see if Santa ate his cookies! In our family, we’ve always left a plate on the kitchen table with a few cookies for Santa and a glass of milk. And, of course, we never forget about the reindeer! Usually, a few carrots are left out for them, but sometimes we’ve left a scoop of dogfood in a bowl. Then on Christmas morning, the kids run right to the kitchen to see if the cookies have been eaten. We never had a year where Santa hadn’t eaten his cookies, drank his milk, given the reindeer their treat and usually left a little thank-you note for his snack.
Christmas family photo
Take a family picture in front of the tree. This one is also extra cute if the whole family is wearing matching pj’s.
Have Christmas music playing. This seems like a great way to get everyone feeling festive. Plus, this is kind of the last official day that people will listen to Christmas music until next year, so why not make the most of it!
Special Christmas Breakfast
Have a special breakfast food. Some families do pancakes, some do French toast. In our family, I make homemade cinnamon rolls. They are incredibly delicious. The nice thing is that you prepare them the night before, and on Christmas morning you take them out of the refrigerator to rise for about an hour and then pop them in the oven. I will include this recipe for you.
have some hot cocoa
Serve hot cocoa. You can add mini-marshmallows or some whipped cream to the top! This is a nice alternative to everyone’s usual cup of coffee or glass of milk or orange juice. You can even use simple hot cocoa packets that you just add hot water to the cup, but there are very simple recipes on the internet or even on the container of cocoa for you to make your own hot chocolate from scratch. And try adding a touch of vanilla extract to yours for a special touch.
Open presents, one at a time
I kind of thought this was a given, but apparently, it’s just kind of a free-for-all in some homes on Christmas morning. Maybe my personality is just a little too OCD for this kind of chaos, but I honestly think it’s nice to just take turns opening gifts and appreciating what each person has received. It also teaches kids to be patient enough to wait their turn and grateful for what they have been gifted.
enjoy the gifts – play with the toys!
Spend time together after the gifts have been opened. This is a perfect time to try out any new games anyone got or play with some new toys. It’s usually when you start trying to hunt down all the correct batteries you need for some of the gifts and start putting together all of the “some assembly required” items.
Have fun in the snow
Depending on where you live, this might be a fun time for a friendly snowball fight in the yard or a great time to make a snowman or two. Maybe even some sledding will be a part of the morning.
You may already have some of these same traditions or maybe you see one that would be fun to add this year. I think it’s good for families to have at least one or two traditions that they look forward to each year. Children love routine and consistency, and traditions bring them both, year after year.
Traditions also enhance family bonds. You will all have those memories to look back on together, and it’s fun that you can all look forward to some of the same things every year. It definitely adds to a sense of security for your children.
I hope this inspired you to continue traditions that you already have and maybe even inspire you to add something new this year. There is so much to celebrate right now, so take it all in and make some new memories with the people you love.
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- 1 pkg active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup lukewarm milk (scalded, then cooled)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter (softened)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 3-1/2 cups – 4 cups flour
- Brown Sugar
- Powdered Sugar
To Prepare Dough
- Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Stir in milk, sugar, butter, salt, egg and 2 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Mix enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.
- Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth ( approx. 5 min). Place in greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover. Let rise in warm place until doubled in size (approx 1-1/2 hours)
- Roll dough into rectangle (15″ x 9″) on lightly floured surface. Brush melted butter all over the surface of dough. Sprinkle cinnamon all over the top of the butter. Sprinkle brown sugar all over top of cinnamon, until there is a thin layer covering. Roll dough up, length-wise, tightly. Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal. Cut into 1-1/2 inch slices. Place slightly apart in greased pan. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight.
- In the morning, take the cinnamon rolls out of the refrigerator and let rise approximately 45 minutes.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix up a glaze using powdered sugar and water. Start with approx 1 cup powdered sugar and
whisk in just enough water to make it the consistency of a thin glue. Keep adding powdered sugar and/or water until you have the consistency that you like and until smooth. When rolls come out of oven, pour glaze generously over hot rolls. Enjoy!