Christmas Eve Traditions

My family is pretty serious about Christmas Eve. I love that we have this evening of fun, and then we sleep late-ish and relax in front of the fire on Christmas. My dad has 4 siblings, so as many as are nearby try to make it over to celebrate with grandma. Lately, the group has been smaller with everyone moving away and making their own family traditions. It’s all good, but I can’t picture Christmas Eve any other way, and I love my childhood memories of the holiday.

If your family doesn’t have too many traditions, I highly recommend making some around a favorite holiday. There’s something about those things you do each year that helps you remember the past better and look forward to new memories each year. For example, our cousins have started having children of their own, and I can’t wait to see how these little kiddos grow up in our fun traditions and how the holidays change.

Of course, our holidays involve a lot of food — usually a Beef Wellington or Prime Rib —  with an entire table of desserts. View Post

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Less than a week until CHRISTMAS!!!! Ok, you might need 2-day shipping at this point. So what am I ordering today?? Maybe I did wait a little too long for the shopping…

Nevermind. Here a few great ideas on Amazon Prime that will still get here before Christmas in time to wrap and put under the tree! Get clicking!

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For many years growing up, our cousins slept over from Christmas Eve into Christmas Morning. My dad would make this big Christmas breakfast before they went off to their other grandparents’ house. On one Black Friday, my aunt and my mom bought us all matching PJs for the Christmas Eve sleepover, and now we match every year… even though they don’t stay overnight anymore.

I think this is a super fun tradition that also has resulted in my owning several pairs of flannel pajama pants… not complaining about that!

If I find the original photo of our matching PJs, I’ll add it to this post… but for now, here’s last year’s photo.

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This probably won’t be very useful to you this year since it’s already December 17, but I must tell you about a super fun and useful app we found this year. I shared about this on my Instastory a few weeks ago, and I’m pretty obsessed with it.

Our family decided to do a secret santa this year to be a little more minimalist in our gift giving. We’re spread out between NJ – SC, so we wanted to include everyone in the Christmas fun!

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You’re probably going to a lot of parties this time of year, and maybe you’re not sure what gift to pick up for the host or hostess at the next event. Or you might be tired of getting the same things all the time…. I have a few recommendations for ways to shop local and find the perfect hostess gift…

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