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Let us take a moment and set the stage. It is Christmas morning. The kids are still snuggled up in bed, the presents are nicely wrapped under the tree waiting for the family to see, the dog is sleeping on the couch, you have a cup of coffee in hand and you’re enjoying just a few more minutes of peace and quiet. Has that ever happened in your house? Probably not. Christmas morning is normally chaotic and stressful. The kids are up super early with wide eyes just waiting to unwrap the presents. Then you start to open presents and there is paper being thrown about, toys everywhere, and you may or may not have been able to grab that cup of coffee you so desperately need. I get it. It’s hard to make Christmas morning magical, or at least how you see Christmas morning going.
To make Christmas morning magical you need to set all preconceived notions aside. The morning may not go entirely how you want, but there are a few Christmas traditions you can put into place to make the holiday magical for both you and your family.
Make Christmas Morning Magical with Holiday Traditions
You are in control of how Christmas morning goes and by having a vision for your morning you can help steer the family in that direction.
Presents are normally the center stage of any Christmas morning. When I was a kid that was always their first thing we did. We opened presents. We went back and forth between my brother and me. Then we had a few hours to play with our new toys before our mid-afternoon Christmas dinner. As I have gotten older and the internet is more prevalent I have seen some traditions that I would like to incorporate into my families Christmas morning.
There are so many yummy casseroles that you can make the night before and just pop into the oven in the morning. Then you can continue on with your festivities while breakfast bakes. To make this into a holiday tradition have a casserole or dish that you only make at the holidays. Your family will look forward to it every year!
The Perfectly Wrapped Present
Wrapping presents is an art form. However, if you find coordinating wrapping papers and bows you can make your tree look beautiful and not chaotic. Pick one or two colors for your wrapping paper and do the same for ribbon if you use bows. This will give you a more cohesive look.
Here’s a fun tip – wrap each family members gifts in a different wrapping paper. It makes Christmas morning fun when everyone is trying to figure out who the gifts belong to. I have even heard of leaving clues for bigger kids to figure out the wrapping paper before they can start unwrapping in the morning! Just remember to make a note of who has what patterned paper!
You can also use a Santa sack for your child’s presents. Simply place the sack near the tree with the gifts inside (wrapped or unwrapped – that’s your choice!). It looks like Santa dropped off a special bag just for them.
Watch a Christmas Movie Together
A classic Christmas movie to watch on Christmas Day is “A Christmas Story”. Growing up we only watched this on Christmas day because it was on TV for a continuous twenty-four hours. This is a tradition I still try to keep! It’s just a classic and brings back so many memories.
What is your favorite Christmas movie? Make it a tradition to watch a movie together as a family on Christmas morning.
Listen to Christmas Music
Christmas music is only around for so long. On December 26, it is gone for about 11 months until the radio stations start playing it again on Black Friday. Enjoy your favorite Christmas tunes in the background. Sing together, dance together.
Get down on the floor and play with your kids and their new toys. Maybe take a break from the house and go outside to build a snowman or go for a family walk. You don’t need to spend all of Christmas morning in the house. Quality time together during the holidays is key to make them magical. Your family will remember the times you were there with them.
Take Photos and Videos
Capture the moments of Christmas and cherish those memories. Your little ones are only little once. You can set a camera in the corner of the room and just let it record the morning as it unfolds. You’ll see the joy if your little ones opening their gifts, your husband’s excitement when he gets just what he wants and even your own enthusiasm for the holiday. You’ll cherish these memories for years to come and it will be fun to play back old Christmas videos as your family ages. Photographs can capture those same moments. You can even turn them into a photo book each year and bring them out during Christmas time to enjoy.
Set Boundaries with Family
Everyone wants to see the kids open their presents. There is just something special about the twinkle in their eye as they open that one gift they have wanted all year. However, setting boundaries with family members (especially grandparents) will help you uphold your family traditions and celebrate the way you see fit. Your kids won’t mind having a few extra days of Christmas to celebrate with other family members.
Show Grace & Be Patient
This is a hard one. Maybe Christmas morning doesn’t go exactly how you planned. That’s okay. The best thing you can do for your family is show grace and be patient. It is a stressful day for everyone and we all want it to be magical for our families. Slip outside while your kids are playing or enjoy a few peaceful minutes by yourself. It’s okay to get stressed throughout the days (the holidays are always so stressful!).
Create your own family traditions to enjoy each year!
Christmas is all about traditions in our home. As our family grows the holidays change a bit but there are a few things I try to keep consistent year after year. Having traditions will continue to make your Christmas morning magical and something to remember for years to come. Embrace the holiday, push the stress away, and really enjoy yourself. It’s only one day and it truly is the most magical time of year!
What family traditions do you have? Let me know in the comments below!