Simple Christmas Morning Traditions Your Family Will Never Forget
Christmastime is family time. It’s a time for families to enjoy each other’s company, relax, and make memories. It’s a time when we look forward to our family traditions, no matter how simple they may be, because they bring us together after a long and busy year.
As a parent, my favorite traditions are our Christmas morning traditions. Having Christmas morning traditions not only helps families to make memories; they also serve as transitions during a sometimes crazy Christmas morning routine.
With four kids, things can get a little crazy for us on Christmas morning. While their goal is to dive into the presents and tear all of them open (totally fun though, right?), I want them to take their time and remember what Christmas is all about and spend quality time as a family.
If you know me, you know I like to keep it simple and practical. Here are 3 simple Christmas morning traditions that anyone can use for their family. Be sure to leave a comment below sharing your favorite Christmas morning traditions!
Christmas Music Alarm
Out of habit, I’m almost always awake before my kids every morning. It’s no different on Christmas morning: I wake up, have my coffee, shake the fog from my mom brain, and then wake up the kids.
Except, because it’s Christmas, I change it up a bit. Instead of going to their rooms quietly to rouse them from their slumber, I crank up the Christmas tunes.
When I was little my parents would always play Bing Crosby, but my kiddos are huge fans of Pentatonix, so I turn up the volume on my portable bluetooth speaker and play our Pentatonix Christmas playlist.
Even my grumpiest child wakes up happy when Christmas music is playing! They can’t all help but to wake up happy and excited! It really sets the mood for the whole day.
Christmas Morning Family Photos
When my siblings and I were kids, my parents would only let us go so far down the stairs on Christmas morning. Imagine all five (yes, five!) of us lined up, trying to get a peek of what was waiting for us downstairs! It really built up the anticipation of what we knew was coming, plus it kept us from tearing into the presents.
When my kids are all awake, I line them up on the stairs for the traditional Christmas morning photo. They’re all in their matching jammies and beaming with excitement, so it’s pretty easy to snap a nice photo of them all together.
Someday they’ll appreciate seeing all of the photos from their childhood, and I hope they’re even inspired enough to recreate a few!
I love comparing each year and seeing them grow. It’s both heartwarming and bittersweet to see them all grow up so fast!
Christmas Morning Breakfast
Once the excitement from opening presents has died down, it’s time to eat! Our Christmas breakfast is more like a breakfast feast compared to what we usually have for breakfast!
Our breakfast menu consists of:
- Cinnamon buns (with red and green sprinkles, of course)
- and a cup of hot cocoa!
Gotta have a little bit of sweet with the savory, right?
This breakfast is special, because we all sit down together to count our blessings and spend time together as a family. We usually don’t eat this meal together in the mornings since we’re all up at different times, so it’s nice to sit at the table all at the same time.
I like to keep breakfast festive, which is easy with our Re-Play Recycled red and green tableware!
Note: Hot cocoa has been cooled down with a little milk in these cups!
If you’ve been following me, you know my love for Re-Play Tableware.
Re-Play uses recycled HDPE plastic, which is the plastic used for milk jugs. HDPE doesn’t have chemicals found in other plastics, which means it is:
Each Re-Play product saves a certain number of milk jugs from ending up in a landfill. So, in my case for our Christmas breakfast, with 4 tumblers and 4 divided plates, we’re saving 16 milk jugs from the landfill! (And that doesn’t count all of the other fantastic Re-Play products we also have!)
These divided plates are great four our breakfast. It keeps everything separate and portions everything just right.
Where to Buy Re-Play
Aside from the website, you can currently buy Re-Play products at:
- Local Independent Stores
- Whole Foods
- Babies R Us
Selection and participation may vary.
Need a last minute gift? You can also send a Re-Play Gift Card by email!
Many thanks to Re-Play for sending us these plates and cups for our Christmas morning traditions!