Christmas Eve Traditions for the Whole Family

By December 24, 2014Aging in Place, Holidays, Wintertime

The holidays are a time to reconnect with friends and family. It can be quite difficult to do so when you have a full-time job and a family to take care of. However, everything seems to slow down during the holidays, and it provides the right amount of time to spend with loved ones. It’s even easier to plan time with the ones you love when you have specific traditions everyone partakes in. Christmas Eve is the perfect time to start new traditions or practice those that have been in your family for years!

Baking
Food is one of those rare universal uniters. Anyone can come together over delicious food! So why not start or continue the wonderful traditions of baking with your family. There are just too many Christmas cookie recipes to recite in one blog post, so find one that your entire family will love. Or you can pick a type of bread to bake. The possibilities are endless. Baking is a great activity for the family, because everyone can take turns adding ingredients to whatever recipe you chose. The kids can also have a blast by eating all the batter before you pop it into the oven. It’s a great way to get everyone in the same room together, taking part in the same activity, and enjoying each other’s company.

Attending Religious Services
A person’s religion can become a big part of their life as they age. It’s also a great way to meet other people from your community and come together over something you have in common. Plus, it’s a great family tradition since, technically speaking, most parents share the same religious beliefs with their children. A Christmas Eve service is a wonderful event to attend with your family. It helps older adults heal spiritually and kids can enjoy all the wonderful holiday scenery and sing along to all the Christmas music. It’s a perfect way to get in the holiday mood by partaking in the true meaning of Christmas.

Reading Christmas Stories
Storytelling is also a great universal uniter. Everyone has their own story, and it’s a joy to go around listening to each person’s unique tale. Christmas has plenty of traditional stories attached to it from the religious aspect of it all the way to it’s entertaining narratives like The Gift of the Magi and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. These are wonderful stories to read out loud to the whole family. It’ll help get everyone excited for Christmas morning.

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