Our Christmas Eve Traditions

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Christmas is a magical time isn't it? We all have our own way of celebrating the festivities and in many households across the world, everyone has their own Christmas eve traditions which makes it interesting to read about how its celebrated across the globe.

In today's post I'm talking all about our Christmas eve traditions.

On Christmas eve we like to make sure that our house is spotless, all spic and span so that we have nothing to worry about for the next few days, it means we can relax knowing that nothing (bar hoovering) will need done unless we have a mishap (Who wants to be cleaning over Christmas anyway?). We change all the bedding, wash furniture down, polish things, make sure there is no washing to be done on Christmas day and give the place a good deep clean, it means we can sit back and simply enjoy the festivities.

Once the cleaning is done, which only takes around an hour, an hour and a half, I like to spend the rest of the day with my son, getting ready for Santa to come down the chimney. Since Little Bear was born, we've been making some cookies/muffins for Santa and/or some reindeer food, well, I would do it until he was old enough to help but now, he loves to get involved. It's a nice activity to keep Little bear occupied during the day and I love watching his face with all the excitement and wonder over Christmas.

We will have Christmas movies on the whole day, THE WHOLE DAY! Just to get us in the mood for Christmas day, we don't spend much time in front of the tv during the day as we are always doing stuff like cleaning or activities etc... but it's nice to have them on in the background. 

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On Christmas eve we will all sit down around 5/6, in the living room, where we exchange our Christmas eve gifts which consists of; Pjs, new robe, new slippers and some chocolates or treats for watching our Christmas movies with. It has been like this since I was little, and I love to keep this tradition alive with my son. Then after this we have our baths/showers, get cosied up and watch The Nightmare Before Christmas or another of our favourites. 

Now that I have Little Bear, I have a Christmas eve box for him which has new PJs, robe, Slippers, DVD, a treat, bath bomb and book plus some colouring in pages. Little bear loves it, he has tons of fun and his favourite is always the bath bomb (boy after my own heart).

Just before bed, we will put out our stockings which will be around 8/9pm, we will also set out the milk, cookies and carrot for Santa. Little bear always thinks it's amazing that it gets eaten, it fills me with joy seeing his face on Christmas day.

I then get Little bear into bed and we read a Christmas book, once he has nodded off its time to start the stealth work of getting all the presents under the tree.

My other half, my and I set out all the presents, built up anything that needs building and fill the stockings. My OH then drinks the milk, I'll eat some of the carrot and my gran has the treat that's left out for Santa. Once that is done, it's time for the adults to head to bed, ready for an early rise the next day. 

And that's our Christmas eve, it's one of my favourite parts of Christmas and I just love spending time with my boy. 

Do you have a Christmas eve tradition? 

This post has been included by Twinkl among their top picks for their favourite Christmas traditions

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  1. love this so much, my husband and I don't really have any traditions yet as (sadly) we have only had 2 Christmas's together in the 11 years we have been married as one or both of us have been working the day or Christmas eve but we both hope to change that next year! xxx

  2. I love Christmas Eve with my boys, can't wait! #OAGGxmasgiveaway

  3. I am so excited for Christmas. We pretty much do everything that you do, clean the house, Christmas Eve boxes. We also get a takeaway so there is no cooking that day. I can't wait :-) #OAGGXmasgiveaway

  4. Christmas Eve is always such a magical day. It's especially more magical for me now as I have a younger sister who just loves anything to do with Christmas. We always go to the cinema on xmas eve or the day before (it just depends how busy we are) this year we are off to see Moana (and I am SO excited to see it). We also go to an annual xmas eve party with family and friends and then when we get back my mum presents us with a xmas eve present which normally consists of a xmas movie and some new PJs! 🎅🏻 xx

    t a b i t h a // http://whattabithaloves.blogspot.co.uk

  5. Aww it's so sweet to read your traditions & what you do over Christmas! I've got to admit, I don't sit to watch Christmas movies but like you, I like them on in the background. I hope your Little Bear enjoys the Christmas eve box! MERRY CHRISTMAS to you & your family!

    Caz xx