For me, Christmas is absolutely magical and a time to spend with loved ones. My family has so many Christmas traditions and I think this is part of why Christmas holds such a special place in my heart. Ever since I was a child Christmas has always been filled with family, music, baking, and joy.
Here are a few of the Christmas traditions my family adopted that helped to make Christmas so magical.
Christmas Party at Grammie and Grampie’s
My grandparents are a huge part of my life. I can’t even explain how much I adore these two! A day or two before Christmas every year they throw a Christmas party for our family. It can be pretty hectic since I have a lot of cousins who now have a lot of kids! When I was younger all of us would get together for a night of chats, Christmas tunes, and yummy food around the Christmas tree. These days it is harder to get everyone together. I have cousins living all across the country and not everyone can make it back to our little Island for the holidays (including me!).
Drive to Look at Christmas Lights
When I was a child, every Christmas Eve my parents would bundle my siblings and me up and take us for a drive in the evening to look at all the twinkling Christmas lights spread throughout our town.
The Prince County Hospital always had the most beautiful light display we would go to see. One neighbourhood had the most amazingly decorated homes and each street had its own theme. My personal favourite was always Candy Cane Lane.
Twas The Night Before Christmas
Every Christmas Eve before bed my family would gather around the Christmas tree with a cup of hot chocolate and my mother would read Twas the Night Before Christmas to us. I know this story inside and out, but I love that we keep this tradition up.
Christmas morning is by far the most special time for our family. My grandparents have come over every Christmas morning to open gifts with us and almost every year my Uncle and his children join us as well. There is also a rotating group of people that will join us if they don’t have anyone to spend Christmas morning with. There is so much more to this morning than opening gifts, it is all about spending time with family and appreciating each other’s presence in our lives.
I hope everyone has an amazing Christmas filled with laughter and joy. What are your Christmas traditions?