It has dawned on me this year that I am actually the parent and one perk of this job is that I don’t just do washing, cooking, cleaning, working and paying bills….I can create fun traditions too! So I have decided on the 24th of December, that it is still not too late to start some Christmas Eve traditions. Here are 5 super fun and more importantly EASY (and last minute) Christmas Eve traditions:
1. MAKE A ‘NIGHT-BEFORE-XMAS’ PILLOW PACK
“Today’s innovation is tomorrow’s tradition.” Lydia Bastianich
Fill a red pillow case with “something to wear, watch and read” and open as a family on Christmas Eve:
Something to wear:
This part is crucial for taking a classic, family photo on Xmas Eve – anything striped, red, green, matching PJs, kooky hats…the tackier the better!
Something to watch:
Wrap and re-wrap the same DVDs every year and if you have young kids that go to bed early (or are kid-free), you can watch them as a couple while you play Santa. Try a ‘left-of-centre’ Christmas movie like: ‘Die Hard’ or ‘Gremlins’ or better yet bring back some childhood nostalgia with cult classics from your youth like ‘The Goonies’ or ‘Drop Dead Fred’.
Something to read:
Last but definitely not least, find and print a famous or fun Christmas poem, write a heartfelt card or buy a Christmas picture book and write on the inside cover with the date (Follow us @littlebirdiebooks on Instagram for a few of our favourites).
“Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!” Clement Clarke Moore
2. MAKE A ‘GRATEFUL GARLAND’
Step 1: Cut red and green paper into strips a few for each family member.
Step 2: Write things you are grateful for from the year that has just past (the little things, the big things and everything in between).
Step 3: Connect the strips together and decorate your tree or living room.
“It is not joy that makes us grateful, it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” Brother David Steindl-Rast
3. SNEAKY DOOR DROP
If you have some neighbours or close friends that are nothing but awesome all year round, do a sneaky door drop on Xmas Eve. Maybe a six pack of beer, some ‘ham jam’ or a Xmas scratchie….these lovely people are worth their weight in gold!
“For it is in giving that we receive.” Francis of Assisi
4. WACKY WATER PRESENT
If you are like us and live in stinking hot Brissie, include a gift on Xmas day that is pool or water related toy. This will make Xmas Day so much more fun! One super cool water related present is the #uglyxmasrashie with proceeds going to the Cancer Council https://uglyxmasrashie.com.au/. This might have to be a 2018 Xmas gift if you are like me and super disorganised! K-Mart, Big W or dollar store it is!
“I see no good reason to act my age.”
5. SAINT NICK SHOE FILLERS
If you are like me and have zero craft skills to sew a stocking than this is the tradition for you. In honour of Saint Nick, fill each family member’s shoes with their favourite edible goodies including something gold related (chocolate gold coins, real gold coins, a scratchie or an orange) and leave each set of shoes inside the front door. Makes for a great photo each year too as your kids’ feet grow!
Did you know that an orange in a stocking is to symbolise gold?
The thing with traditions is that they are only traditions if you keep them going every year so don’t make a rod for your own back by over doing it!
Janice and I wish you all the best during the silly season and we are truly grateful for all your support this year!
“Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!”
Your Little Birdies xx