You’ll love these Christmas Eve traditions
Whether it’s hanging up stockings or leaving cookies for Santa, Christmas traditions have made Christmas Eve a magical night like no other. But if you’re looking to try out some different Christmas activities before Santa’s visit this year, there are plenty of great ideas that you may not have thought of before. Every family has its own rituals on Christmas Eve – if you’re looking to add to your celebration, make it stand out, or give your kids a memorable December 24, here are some unique ideas we gathered.
Read “The Night Before Christmas”
OK, we had to get this one out of the way, but it’s gotta be on the list, right?! Clement Clarke Moore struck gold in 1823 when he published his poem called “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (nope, it’s not actually called “The Night Before Christmas”)! You’ve probably heard it a whole bunch of times, but it’s definitely good for a once-a-year read right before bed. This Christmas poem has become emblematic of December 24 with its tale of Dad stealing an inside look at Santa’s operation.
Hang a pickle ornament
According to the tradition of the German Christmas pickle, or Weihnachtsgurke, an ornament in the shape of a gherkin is hung on the tree on Christmas Eve. The first child to find it gets a special gift; some versions have the child opening the first present on Christmas morning. It’s a fun addition to Christmas Eve celebrations, and a creative way to decorate your tree.