The holidays are a special time for so many families. This time of year is precious not because of the gifts we receive, it's precious because of the time we share together.
Whether it's hiding a pickle in your Christmas tree or reading a festive book each night, every family has a tradition that makes the season bright!
We asked our fans on Facebook to share their favorite Christmas Eve traditions with us. We hope you enjoy reading through these festive responses— maybe they will inspire a new tradition in your own home!
—The Put Me In The Story Family
Our favorite holiday traditions:
(From Put Me In The Story's Facebook fans. Comments have been edited for length and clarity.)
"I buy 12 books and we open one
each night the last night we cuddle watch a movie and gaze at the lights I love
to cuddle my baby :) he's growing way to fast!"
tradition would be spending Christmas Eve with extended family. Taking photos
of Christmas lights downtown and then coming home to set out cookies, milk and
carrots for Santa's arrival."
"My favorite Christmas
Eve tradition was spending it with family… riding home and looking at the homes
and city decorated with lights, letting the kids open one present before going
to bed, and (of course) reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas at bedtime."
tradition is the treasure hunt we set up for the kids on Christmas Eve. We
leave clues all around the house that eventually lead to the first gift they
get to open."
"My favorite tradition is opening Christmas jammies and coloring books on Christmas Eve. It's a tradition my parents started with me as a child and I now continue that with my children!"
"My favorite part about
Christmas Eve is getting to read the story of Santa Claus to my kids!! They get
to open up their Christmas Eve PJs and listen to the story and my dad comes
over and "pretends" to be Santa on the roof (lol) it's super cute to
watch their faces!"
"First we celebrate my dad's
birthday (his actual birthday is Christmas!), we spend time with family, and then
we head home to spread the reindeer food on the lawn. We drink hot chocolate,
read a new Christmas story, and put out cookies and milk before the big guy
"An elf always drops off a pre-Santa
package that has PJ's for each family member, hot cocoa, popcorn, and a new
Christmas movie. We all snuggle up in new jammies and watch our new movie.
We've collected quite a few movies over the years. So we watch movies until the
little ones fall asleep. It's always a great family night"
"Every year we buy our kids each
a new Christmas book. And we read it to them before bed! Been doing this since
my oldest little girl's first Christmas. She loves books!"
"Love getting together with my husband's
family to eat a big potluck, do a white elephant gift exchange, and watch the
kids play Christmas Bingo."
"Every Christmas Eve we bake
cookies for Santa. We allow the children to open one gift. Then we build a
gingerbread house while listening to Christmas music and sipping on hot cocoa."
"I have the traditional 7 fish
dinner with homemade pierogi. Then we all go to Midnight Mass."
"Getting ready for Santa!
Putting out cookies and milk and of course carrots for Rudolph! This year is my
baby's first Christmas and we are all excited to teach her our family