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18 Christmas Family Traditions To Make This Season Extra Magical

In the run up to Christmas, ’tis truly the season for spending quality time with our loved ones. However you choose to make merry this holiday season, trying a new Christmas tradition should be right at the top of the list. So we’ve compiled these traditions to adopt as a family to make the festive season that bit more magical, without spending too much money. 


  1. Pack up last year’s toys to give to another family – join in your little ones to write a card to go with the donation
  2. Watch Christmas adverts from previous years on Youtube
  3. Decorate gingerbread men with a bake off style competition
  4. Make a donation to Little Village, who send out Christmas bundles to families in need
  5. Put out a treat of Whiskey & cookies for Santa & Rudolph – thanks kids! 
  6. Receive personalised texts from Santa with SlickText
  7. Find matching Christmas PJs for the family – try local secondhand groups to find sets from other families 
  8. Burst through a wrapping paper door on Christmas morning
  9. Have a sleepover under the Christmas tree, inspired by @thechavarastory
  10. Go for a night-time drive or walk through a neighbourhood to see their Christmas lights
  11. Track Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve with Google’s Santa Tracker
  12. Collect pinecones, leaves & shrub clippings to make your own wreath 
  13. Make salt-dough Christmas decorations (with little hand or footprints to reminisce about in years to come)
  14. Adorn your window with festive decorations
  15. Organise volunteering as a family at a local charity
  16. Host a Christmas movie marathon 
  17. Sing along to carols & Christmas karaoke on Youtube
  18. Gift your little ones ornaments each year as keepsakes


Adopting Christmas traditions to take part in every year is a magical way for the whole family to get excited for the festive season. To read more about how to keep costs low this year, read our suggestions here. 

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