Christmas traditions: 21 inspiring ideas to try

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on December 24, 2017
Christmas traditions: 21 inspiring ideas from around the world

Even though, so far, I haven’t been totally full of festive cheer, I do love Christmas. I’m really grateful to have happy childhood Christmas memories, too.


Now that I’m an adult, it’s time for me to start my own traditions and create memories in my own way, which is really exciting!


For a bit of inspiration and festivity, I wanted to share some traditions I’m thinking about starting.


I also asked about this on Twitter, and some of my lovely followers kindly shared their traditions, so I’ll absolutely be taking some inspiration from them, too.


Advent calendar with a difference

Peta gave me this idea earlier in the year when she commented on one of my posts and, if you follow her on Instagram, you’ll see she is rocking the advent calendar game this year!

I love the idea of a homemade calendar, or one containing different little gifts and sweets. We have this one with tiny drawers which we usually just place single Heroes in, but I might see if I can mix it up a little.


Christmas traditions from around the world


Reverse advent calendar

Instead of receiving something, you make an advent calendar with space for you to add something each day. At the end of advent, when the spaces are all full, you then donate it to a food bank or charity.





Christmas Eve box

My sister does this with her kids. They get new Christmas PJs, a Christmas film to watch, a new book to read, and some festive treats.

Even without kiddos, I think I can make this work for me and the grown-ups. It would be cute to have a box with a film, snacks, hot chocolate, cosy socks, that kind of thing.



I love to hear how different countries across the world celebrate holidays. @Laurareflected is from Australia, so her Christmas day would be pretty different to a wintery one here. It sounds like such a fun family day and, regardless of weather and food, that’s what it’s about right?

Travel decorations

I fancy filling my tree up with decorations from places we’ve travelled. We already have a few, and we usually buy one for my mum when we’ve been anywhere exciting, but I’d like to make it more of a habit to seek them out when we’re away.


Christmas photos

We do have the odd photo of me when I was a little kid on Christmas day, but it would be nice to have a gallery of Christmas day pictures through the years to come.


Recycled cards

My mum came up with this the other day because she’s sick of spending loads on cards every year, only for them to be recycled (we hope).

She suggested we each buy the cards we’d usually buy (the ones that say ‘mum and dad’ or ‘to my grandparents’ etc. on the front) and we just keep them and write a new message each year and display them as we would decorations


Dress up

Some people prefer to stay in PJs all day on Christmas day but I like to dress up a little, even if it is just a Christmas jumper and a nice skirt or something. It’s the time of year to be a little extra if you want to, so I’d like to take advantage of that.



My favourite kind of food is Italian and, through that, I’ve developed a love of all things Italy. Including @claudiamontano on Twitter btw. So, this sounds ideal for me! Her family do Italian Christmas Eve & British Christmas Day.

Going for a walk

As much as I love the idea of hibernating all of Christmas day, I think it would be nice to step out for fresh air and to walk off the dinner, maybe visit relatives close by or wander through the park.

Snow is obviously preferred, but I won’t hold my breath.




Wrapping presents

Obviously, I do this every year, but this year I made a big deal of it – having festive snacks and watching Christmas movies while I made a mess with ribbon and tags.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen it on my story – I watched The Grinch and Muppets Christmas Carol this year.

I like the idea of planning an afternoon or evening by myself to sit and wrap presents and get in the festive spirit







Spend time with children

For me, kids’ excitement at Christmas absolutely makes it. So, I’d love to do something annually with the kids in my family that has a festive twist on it. Visiting Santa, maybe, or doing Christmas crafts.


Give something back

I’m privileged enough that Christmas is currently a happy time of year for me. I’m not close-minded enough to believe that is the case for everyone.

I know some people dread this time of year. Some people would enjoy it, but aren’t in the position to celebrate the way they’d like.

I’m not rich by any stretch of the imagination, but I think I can find a way to bring a little bit of joy to someone.

For example, there are organisations which allow you to send presents to children in developing countries, or to soldiers on active duty.

I could volunteer my time at a shelter or charity, or just reach out to someone if I know they’re struggling and let them know someone is thinking about them.


Table presents

Some families I know give each other presents at the dinner table, just before they’re about to eat.

Sometimes they’re little things, almost like stocking fillers, and sometimes they’re things like silly hats to wear while they’re eating. Kind of like an upgraded cracker!


@thingsarahloves @abilourich



I love the idea of making some of the same food every year, so it becomes associated with Christmas, and is something we look forward to (as well as dinner, of course!). @thingsarahloves @abilourich and @acrushonlife have the right idea!


I really hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and maybe you’ve found some inspiration yourself. I’d love to hear your own favourite traditions, so do leave me a comment below.

Thanks again to the lovely people who contributed to this post, I’m absolutely fascinated by the traditions they’ve shared! Make sure you click through the links below the tweets to check out their feeds.



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