Family traditions are a powerful way of strengthening a sense of belonging within a family and just generally upping the joy factor in family life. We’ve pulled together a list of more than 25 beautiful ideas to inspire you to make more magic moments this Christmas Season and for years to come.         *this post contains affiliate links.

  1. The Christmas Eve Box. Basically you want to grab a big gift box (or there are a growing range of gorgeous wooden boxes like these ones which are engraved and personalized). Fill the box with a range of Christmas themed items that will set the family up to start making beautiful memories on Christmas Eve. Examples include new pajamas, a Christmas movie, bag of microwave popcorn, sachets of hot chocolate and a little pack of marshmallows, a Christmas story book. Basically add anything that will foster some quality family time together on Christmas Eve.
  2. Bake cookies together as a family to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve, along with a carrot and water for the reindeer. Leave a few cookie crumbs and nibbled carrot for when the kids wake in the morning.
  3. Leave some additional evidence of Santa’s visit by making big boot prints (with flour or baby powder etc sprinkled around boots or a boot template) or a black button loose on the floor or even wisps of wool on the bricks of the chimney that “must have got caught as Santa climbed through”.
  4. Stay up late and “capture” Santa delivering the presents. Capture the Magic and iCaughtSanta are two great apps that allow you to add images of Santa in various poses to photos of your own home so the kids will be totally convinced that the jolly old guy really did visit.
  5. If you don’t have a chimney get an old brass key and hang it outside the front door. Let the kids know that this is a special key that only works with Santa’s magic.
  6. Join in the local Christmas festivities at a Carols event.
  7. Bake and decorate gingerbread houses. Or buy a ready to go kit to take some of the pressure off and simply enjoy the process of decorating it together as a family. Alternatively forget the gingerbread altogether and make little houses to decorate out of biscuits and icing.
  8. Help out at a local charity each year as a family.
  9. Collect a big pile of Christmas story books and pull them out on the first day of December.
  10. Decorate the tree together on the first of December. Pop on some Christmas carols to help everyone get in the festive spirit.
  11. Elf on the shelf. The premise is that the elf is Santa’s scout. At the start of each Christmas season, the elf appears to serve as Santa’s eyes and ears, and every night it travels back to the North Pole to report in – that’s how Santa knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice! If you want to up your elf shennanigans this year, be sure to check out these elf-props.
  12. Kindness Elves. A very similar idea to Elf on the Shelf but with a greater focus on kindness and positive reinforcement of good and kind behaviors. The Elves bring a little note saying they have heard the children have kind and magical hearts and they wanted to see them for themselves. The elves put out little notes each morning either praising the children for the acts of kindness they have witnessed or suggesting some more ways to help others and show kindness (eg bake cookies for a neighbor, visit an elderly relative). These cute elves arrive with their own little house complete with a working letter box. There are also some cute little accessories packs available here
  13. Have an advent calendar to count down the days from December 1st till Christmas Day. There are so many different options available this year ranging from simple chocolate filled ones to beautiful wooden designs with little doors or drawers to fill with you own special treasures. For a little added magic I know of some families that have an ‘elf’ deliver it to the door on the 1st of December each year.
  14. Rather than buying a pre-filled advent calendar or filling one with small toys, perhaps grab one with little drawers or pockets and fill it with little notes each day which outline a different activity for the day or some holiday related tasks. Or you could do a small treat plus an activity card each day. Subscribe to our newsletter to access a free set of printable advent activity cards by clicking here or on the image below
  15. On Christmas Eve, leave old toys in the kids Santa sacks for Santa to collect and take back to the North Pole so that the elves can repair them for other children.
  16. Have special wrapping paper that only Santa’s presents are wrapped in. And be sure that Santa’s handwriting is not too similar to mum and dad’s!
  17. Instead of a Christmas Eve Box, perhaps just allowing each child to choose one gift from under the tree to open on Christmas Eve. The excitement will be palpable and allows the kids to savior the gift away from the chaos that (often) is Christmas morning.
  18. Each year choose a group of community service workers, such as fire fighters or ambulance service, and surprise them with a gift of chocolate and cookies etc.
  19. Have a family camp-out in the living room under the Christmas tree on the first night that the tree goes up.
  20. Make a video message from Santa (we love this one from .
  21. Track Santa’s journey at
  22. The kids can write a letter to Santa. Australia Post works closely with Santa to make sure he reads and responds to all their letters.
  23. Alternatively you could write your own reply letter (in Santa’s handwriting) and affix it to one of the presents from Santa.
  24. Give everyone in the family silly Christmas themed socks to wear on Christmas day.
  25. Make Christmas ornaments together. Keep some for yourself and use others as gifts for grandparents and teachers etc.

What an epic list! We hope you have found some inspiration from the ideas above and that you have a whole lot of fun making magical memories with your family this year. And if you’re still looking for more ideas, click here for 25 More Family Christmas Tradition Ideas.

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