Five Family Christmas Traditions

Every family has their own Christmas traditions and it is always lovely to read about them. I thought I would share five family Christmas traditions of our own and I would love to hear yours too.



Christkindlmarkt
We love to visit the traditional German market in Leeds Millenium Square each year, it makes me feel so festive. We always pick a new decoration for the tree, eat huge sausages and have a go on the carousel. We usually go on or around Sebs birthday and it marks the start of Christmas for us. 
Build a gingerbread house
Every year I buy a gingerbread house kit from Ikea and we make it in the run up to Christmas with Christmas radio on in the background. As the boys have got older they have become more involved in our tradition of building, decorating and eating the house.

Seeing the lights
We started this a couple of years ago and it is a tradition I can see going on for years to come. After dinner one evening in December we pile into the car and go for a drive to see all the lights in our local area. There is one particular house that puts on a real show all in aid of our local hospice, they gather a real crowd and lots of donations.

Giving to others
Each year I make sure that we donate to others. We donate to the food bank or to a local toy collection. Next year I am hoping to do the reverse advent in November which is a fantastic and simple idea.  Why not look up your local food bank.

Christmas Eve box
Christmas Eve is my favourite day of the year, I love the excitement of the day before more than Christmas Day itself.  I have made a Christmas Eve box for several years now and mostly we reuse the same things; a key for Father Christmas,  his plate,  the boys stockings etc. Each year I buy new pyjamas, some hot chocolate and some sweets to add to the box.

Do you have any family Christmas traditions? I would love to hear them. 

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