12 Days of Christmas Self Care: Day 6

12 Days of Christmas Self Care: Day 6

Day 6: Do a Christmas Tradition You Like, or Create a New One

Day 6: Do a Christmas Tradition You Like, or Create a New One

Christmas and winter holidays usually come with their own traditions. Maybe you have everyone over on Christmas Eve to open just one present, or you have a Christmas Dinner every Christmas Day. Or you could bake fresh cookies Christmas Eve, even after you’ve grown out of the “leave cookies out for Santa” age. Whatever it is, keep doing it.

But what if you don’t have any traditions? Personally, I don’t have any, so I’m going to try and start one this year! Here are a few things you can do as a Christmas tradition.

Bake Cookies (or any dessert)

I don’t know about you, but Christmas time has a lot of delicious desserts associated with it! Between Christmas cookies to cakes, to pies, to other baked goods, it’s a sweet tooth’s dream!

One tradition to have is to bake cookies Christmas eve. That way you have delicious cookies to bring to any gathering you have on Christmas day, or you have a bunch of cookies to eat with your immediate family if you don’t have a big dinner.

I want to start doing this this Christmas Eve. Christmas was never a big holiday for me. It was actually incredibly stressful (hence my recent 5 Ways to Survive Winter Family Gatherings as an Introvert post). My family never really got along at a deeper level, so everyone would put on facades during the day and go back to talking about each other once everyone left. 

So I’m starting to create my own traditions. And baking cookies sounds delicious!

Related: Battle of the Fall Cookies 2018


Watch Christmas Movies

This is a given. Even if you don’t plan on watching Christmas movies, just about every channel on TV is playing some sort of Christmas or holiday themed movie. You can go with classics like A Christmas Story and the stop motion Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movies, or something more recent like Elf or How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

My childhood was filled with a lot of the older films from the stop-motion era. I’d guess they’re a staple for most people my age as well. Between Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys and The Year Without a Santa Clause. I don’t know anyone my age who doesn’t know the Heat Miser song. 

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Related:  How to Start Your Own Family Christmas Traditions + 14 Christmas Tradition Ideas [Over Stuffed Life]

Day 6: Do a Christmas Tradition You Like, or Create a New One


Christmas Eve Box Opening

I never did this nor did I know anyone who did, but I’ve read enough about it online that I’m aware it’s a thing.

I think it’s a good idea to start when you have younger kids. Most kids are really anxious about Christmas morning and want to open their presents as soon as they wake up. giving them a gift to open a little bit early, say before they go to bed Christmas Eve, can help potentially alleviate some of the early excitement (and maybe give you an extra hour to sleep!)


I don’t really do presents any more, and as I’m a Grinch, I think it’s silly to wrap presents for yourself. But if/once I have a family of my own, I might consider adding this as a Christmas tradition.


Christmas Morning Photo

I think this is a cute idea. It’s a great way to document how Christmas evolves over the years. Taking a silly family photo with everyone in their pajamas next to the tree on Christmas morning is a really cute and wholesome tradition to have. 

While I don’t have a tree or a family to take a silly photo with, I’ll be giving this one a pass, but maybe one day I’ll give it a shot.


What are your Christmas traditions? Do you do any of the ones I’ve listed? 

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