Christmas traditions are a great way to spend quality time with your family during the holiday season. And while there are a variety of common traditions many families take part in during the holidays, why not change things up a little bit this year?

Make some memories with your family with the help of these six unique Christmas traditions to start this year.

The Christmas Pickle

When you think of the Christmas season and all the things that go along with it, pickles probably aren’t the first thing to come to mind. But once you start this fun tradition with your family, everyone will associate pickles with Christmas Day from now on.

The tradition of the Christmas pickle began in the late 1800s when Woolworth stores started selling ornaments in the shape of fruits and vegetables imported from Germany.

It was said that the pickle ornament was the last ornament to be hung on the Christmas tree as part of a German tradition.

That story turned out to be a myth. But that doesn’t mean your family can’t have a little fun adding this silly idea to your own holiday traditions.

Typically, the pickle ornament is hidden on the tree on Christmas eve. The first person to find the pickle on Christmas morning gets to open the first present of the day.

Christmas Book Advent Calendar

Many families use an advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas. But have you considered switching things up during the holiday season?

One fun way to count down to Christmas is by wrapping up Christmas books or movies for your kids to open each night.

Wrap all the books or movies in festive wrapping paper, then place them in a stack or basket in your home.

Each evening, let your kids pick a package from the stack to open. Then, read the book or watch the movie that evening to have a little family fun before bed.

Special Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper is a great way to dress up holiday gifts when you place them under the tree. This year, make things a little more special by giving each of your family members their very own wrapping paper pattern.

Pick a wrapping paper that’s special to each of your kids, featuring their favorite characters or holiday themes.

Wrap all the presents for each person in your family with the same paper. Then, everyone will know exactly which presents belong to them under the tree.

In addition to making things fun for everyone in the family, this method will also make things a little easier on you because there’s no need to add tags to any of the gifts after you’re finished wrapping them.

St. Nicholas Day

Many people around the world celebrate Christmas day, but St. Nicholas Day is a common holiday in parts of Europe. This year, make the holiday season a little more special by incorporating St. Nicholas Day traditions into your celebration.

St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6 by filling your family members’ shoes with gifts and treats.

To celebrate, make sure everyone in your family leaves their shoes by the door. Then, fill them with small gifts, coins, candy, and fruit.

When your kids wake up in the morning, they’ll be excited to see all the fun surprises left in their shoes overnight.

A Tree for the Kids

The Christmas tree is probably a favorite tradition of your kids. But if you have little children at home, you would probably prefer that they stay away from the larger tree.

Instead of keeping your kids away from the tree, why not encourage them to decorate for Christmas by giving their own mini tree in their room?

Set up a small tree in your kid’s bedrooms and let them pick out the kinds of decorations they add to the tree.

Make sure to select ornaments that aren’t breakable so they can decorate and redecorate their tree as much as they want.

Christmas Eve Box

While many families choose to open presents on Christmas morning, that doesn’t mean your kids can’t get a little sneak peek on Christmas eve.

With a Christmas Eve box, your kids can open a present on Christmas Eve to help them celebrate Christmas a little bit early. Christmas Eve boxes can be as simple or as elaborate as you want, making them a great choice for any family.

Most Christmas Eve boxes come with items that your kids can use during the evening, like:

  • Matching Christmas pajamas
  • Supplies to make cookies for Santa
  • Hot cocoa and personalized mugs
  • A Christmas movie and snacks
  • Christmas socks or slippers
  • A Christmas book to read before bed

You can give your kids just one of the items on the list or combine them into a big Christmas Eve surprise.

Either way, your little ones are sure to have a blast with this unique Christmas tradition this year.

More Christmas Inspiration…

For more fantastic holiday recipe ideas, check out these Festive and Delicious Christmas Party Food Recipes. And, for ways to manage your money this holiday season, check out How to Avoid Overspending During the Holiday Season!

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