5 Ways to Make Christmas Morning Even More Special
Since many of our typical Christmas festivities will have to be changed or modified this year, we've been on the hunt for some new holiday traditions to make the season a little more special. The past few weeks have been filled with indoor Christmas activities like opening Advent calendars, decorating Christmas cookies, and watching all of our favorite holiday movies—but perhaps the most special tradition of all is spending time together on Christmas morning.
There's nothing like waking up to a decorated Christmas tree with a few presents under it on Christmas morning, especially if you have little ones. As you celebrate the holiday at home this year, use these festive ideas to make Christmas morning extra special for your family. Whether it's as simple as preparing a special breakfast or dressing in matching pajamas, every tradition adds up to create Christmas memories that will last a lifetime.
And when they grow up, your kids may even carry on these traditions with their own families! Adopt some of these clever ideas this year to help your kids (and yourself) enjoy the day even more.
1. Wear Christmas Pajamas
There's nothing cozier than a soft pair of brand new pajamas. Give your family members a fresh set of winter PJs to snuggle into on Christmas Eve. Have the guys and gals match, or find a unisex outfit for everyone. The gang will feel even more festive come Christmas morning when they're dressed for the occasion. To help you get into the holiday spirit, we've rounded up 8 matching Christmas pajama sets the whole family will love.
2. Look for Signs of Santa
Relish in the wonder that Santa offers while your kiddos are young by adding these clever touches to your Christmas morning. Have your kids set carrots outside for the reindeer on Christmas Eve and enhance the illusion by chewing them up and scattering bits around the yard to mark the reindeers' presence. Your children will be giddy with excitement when they wake up and see that Santa has paid your home a visit.
Place a note from Mr. Claus next to a handmade Christmas plate telling your little ones how good they were this year, and leave footprints near the chimney or tree by setting a boot on the ground and sprinkling flour around the edges. Or, wrap the outside of their bedroom doors with wrapping paper or streamers, telling them that Santa did it so they'd stay in their rooms while he delivered presents. They'll love tearing through the door to reach their gifts.
3. Create a Gift Scavenger Hunt
Make opening presents even more exciting by hiding them around the house! Let everyone find their gifts before tearing into them. Then, gather around together and open the presents one-by-one, savoring the joy each gift provides. Teach your kids the importance of giving back— after opening their new toys, have them choose an old one to donate to your local shelter.
4. Give (or Make) a New Ornament
Commemorate each year by giving your kids a new ornament to hang on the tree on Christmas morning. Write the year on the ornament to mark its memory in time. You'll love pulling the unique ornaments out year after year and remembering past Christmases. Or make it a tradition to create an ornament each year on Christmas morning. Once you've eaten breakfast and opened all the presents, organize an ornament craft for the little ones (this sentimental handprint ornament is one of our favorites) to help them pass the time until Christmas dinner.
5. Make a Festive Breakfast
All of the excitement of Christmas morning is sure to work up an appetite in everyone. Prepare a meal that's just as delicious as it is festive. Cook pancakes in the shape of reindeer and snowmen, adding bacon antlers and chocolate chip buttons and eyes. Or, you can never go wrong with rich, gooey cinnamon rolls. Just something outside of your everyday breakfast will help you celebrate the special day.