Christmas services at church are either underway or coming Christmas Eve. And @@if you’re not careful, Christmas will arrive, but the Christmas spirit will be totally absent.@@ We all do Christmas parties, gift exchanges, Christmas meals and Christmas playlists. So today I want to offer up 4 surefire – and slightly quirky – traditions to capture the Christmas spirit.
1. Fresh Balsam
I told you this would be quirky and unexpected, but you need to take a visit to your local Bath & Body Works and purchase at least 1, maybe 2, Fresh Balsam scented candles. Light those up Christmas Eve, and you can’t go wrong. The Woodland Balsam, Crisp Eucalyptus, Fir Branches, and Cedarwood blend is guaranteed to bring on Christmas cheer.
2. Pajama Party
I’m still serious. Every year, my wife buys matching or themed pajamas. They are always warm and always comfortable. For instance, two years ago Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out, and I have little boys who are Star Wars fanatics. So, what did we all open up on Christmas Eve night? Star Wars pajamas. Last year? Easy…Cubs pajamas! If you want to go the extra mile, wear them to your family Christmas gathering the next day. We’ve done this on two occasions and never regretted it.
3. Movie Date
When the kids are down, stockings are hung, and you’ve half eaten Santa’s milk and cookies, get your matching pajamas on and put on your spouse’s favorite Christmas movie. You can do a classic like It’s A Wonderful Life or perhaps one from your childhood (if you’re my age) like Home Alone. My wife’s favorite is The Holiday from 2006.
4. Christmas Caserole
I can't think of anything better to do after opening presents on Christmas morning than sitting around the table with my family to eat some comfort food. And there's nothing like all of your favorite breakfast foods thrown in to one pan and baked. Best thing about this is you can pre-make it and bake it while you're opening presents. Here is a link to a few options: Recipes
What are your quirky family traditions? How are you planning to capture the Christmas spirit this year?