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Christmas Eve Traditions … What Are Yours?

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then come the melding of a million traditions! Oh, traditions! And then comes the baby in the baby carriage … and, of course, another round of traditions!

Since my husband and I wed in 2007 we’ve evaluated a lot of the traditions we grew up with, the ones we want to keep and most importantly, the new ones we want to start. To our family I brought soup for dinner on Christmas Eve, he brought baking a dessert for baby Jesus and singing Happy Birthday (our daughter’s favorite tradition!), and together we’ve established a few others.

We’re open to new ideas, especially this year since our kiddos are 2 and 4 and truly grasping the spirit of Christmas, so chime in! What are your Christmas Eve traditions? 

These awesome bloggers are sharing there traditions to jumpstart the conversation …


My parents immigrated from Poland and one of my most treasured family memories is our Christmas Eve tradition; Wigilia. It’s as if all of my favorite Polish traditions and foods are all rolled into one day and we celebrate where we are from and who we are as a family. My mom and I prepare our potato and cheese pierogies from scratch, sometimes a week before, and they are the highlight of everyone’s dinner! Although some of the traditions are harder to maintain as time goes on, I know without a doubt that pierogies for Christmas will be a staple for my family!

Bianca from The Pierogie Mama

canolli and hot cocoa by christmas tree

My little family and I have started several Christmas Eve traditions in the past 7 years. But my favorite, is that my Husband makes homemade Cannoli after dinner, and then we sip hot cocoa and each get to open one gift before we go to bed! 

Mandy from A Sorta Fairytale

little girl looking at christmas tree

Every year on Christmas Eve, Alea gets to open one present before she goes to bed. This present includes a bedtime story and a pair of new PJs to wear to bed! I don’t know who looks forward to that present more, me or her. I have so much fun picking out her Christmas Eve jammies!

Chelseas from Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles

discovery street

We always go to church on Christmas Eve. At home we sit by the Christmas tree, review our year, count our blessings and pray over each other.

Ruthy from Discovery Street

christmas lights

Christmas lights are all the rage with little kids so we’ve made it a tradition to sing carols and drive around looking for our favorites colors and characters while mama and dad sip eggnog lattes and the little’s sip cocoa!

Gretchen from That Mama Gretchen


Each Christmas Eve, we attend a service at church together as a family. Then, we come home and enjoy homemade fettucine by candlelight, with red oreo milkshakes and a reading of Jesus’ birth.

Lacy from Living on Love

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