Do you have Christmas Eve traditions? These are the traditions my family has done since I was a kid, and the traditions we do now that we have kids.
Traditions are my favorite way to bring Christmas magic.
Creating traditions is one of my favorite things. In fact, I wrote about some of our favorites throughout the year RIGHT HERE. But Christmas traditions (including Christmas Eve traditions) are some of my very favorite.
I love being able to create Christmas magic through traditions, outings, special meals, and cozy evenings at home.
This was our family tradition as I was growing up
Growing up, my family had a few Christmas Eve traditions. We would usually go see a movie on Christmas Eve, since it feels like the longest day of the year and that helped break up the day a bit. My mom would also make what we called a “Shepherd’s dinner.” We would sit on the floor, the meal lit by candles, and eat soup out of bread bowls, or a spread of meats and cheeses. Probably not what the shepherd’s in Jesus’ time, but it was more about the sentiment. We would recite the Savior’s birth story from Luke, and sometimes act it out.
It took us a few years of marriage to find a good Christmas Eve tradition
After Philip and I got married, we did a few Christmases with our parents, but the ones we did on our own didn’t really have many traditions. We made a really nice steak dinner a few times, but that was about it.
I loved my family’s tradition, but Philip and I wanted to do something that was our tradition.
My favorite Christmas Eve tradition ever, ever, ever.
When we moved to California in 2012, it was November and we were about to have our first Christmas away from any family or friends. Fos was a brand new baby, and moving felt like such a fresh start with the chance to do anything we wanted.
We had moved from Utah, where we had lived for the last 6 years, and had moved to Huntington Beach. Our rental home was about one mile from the beach, so it just felt right to spend Christmas Eve at the beach.
I grew up in Las Vegas, never going to the beach, and not even really liking the beach. But living in Huntington Beach changed me. I love the beach, and spending Christmas Eve there was the perfect way to relax and connect and focus before Christmas Day.
We spent every Christmas Eve after that at the beach, including in 2017 when we spent Christmas in Hawaii.
Now we’re working on a new tradition for Christmas Eve
This year, now that we live in Dallas, we were trying to come up with a new Christmas Eve tradition that fits this time in our lives.
We live right on a lake, so we’ve decided to spend tomorrow day at the lake and then get Texas BBQ for dinner. I love the idea of doing things that are specific to where we live, and this just feels right.
We’ll see if we do it tomorrow and it still feels like the right thing!
Tell me what you guys do on Christmas Eve!