Now that Madison is older I feel it is a good time to start creating Christmas family traditions.

I love finding ways to spread the Christmas cheer with her. I took some of my family traditions from my childhood mixed with some of Gary’s.  I just love this time of year and now treasure it even more being a mom.

Decorating the fireplace mantel for Christmas for a fun family Christmas tradition.

I put together a video and a list of the Christmas traditions we are starting this year and a few more that we plan to add each year as she gets older. I know Madison won’t really remember these moments but I will.

Here are 8 Christmas family tradition ideas that work well with toddlers.

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Memorable traditions with a child.

Great ideas for fun family Christmas traditions to do with a toddler. Perfect time to start new family traditions on Christmas with this Night Before Christmas, making and eating Santa's cookies and more.

I must say Miss Madison had a blast for the most part with doing these activities with her momma.

I can’t wait to continue to do them each year because I have a feeling she will look forward to doing them.

Simple and fun family tradition with a toddler is letting them help decorate the Christmas tree.

1- Decorate Christmas tree and house. 

Madison kept wanting to take off the ornaments instead of putting them on. And Jax thought the ornaments were food.

Brining in the Christmas cheer with singing and dancing with toddler.

2- Sing Christmas carols

Madison just looked at me funny the whole time, but she does like hearing me sing. Sometimes she even dances. Of course I can’t seem to get that on video… yet.

Toddler helping out in the kitchen with making santa sugar cookies

Creating new family Christmas traditions with making cookies for santa.

3- Make sugar cookies for Santa

Madison loves being a helping hand in the kitchen. She didn’t like the waiting part of the cookies baking.

Toddler eating Santa's sugar cookies.

4- Taste sugar cookies

By far Madison’s favorite part of creating family traditions.  We made our plantain sugar cookies.

Reading the Night Before Christmas with toddler to create new family holiday traditions.

5- Read the Night Before Christmas

She loves story time.  This is a long story but for the most part she sits patiently while I read.

6- Do a family Christmas card 

We did our family picture a few weeks ago and just sent them out. We didn’t do this last year so I was excited to send one out this year.

7- Make a birthday card for Jesus

I look forward in the years to come have her write the card.

8- Set out a plate of cookies for Santa with a note

Hopefully there will be cookies left for Santa. Little Miss Madison really likes them.

Other ideas that I hope to incorporate in the years to come: Christmas morning pjs, driving around to see Christmas lights, watching classic Christmas movies, going see Santa and making something special for Christmas morning (this year I am thinking donuts).

Mom and daughter eating grain-free sugar cookies at Christmas.

Whether you do all of them (or more) or just a few things, I hope you enjoy this holiday season.

I hope these ideas get you excited to start making traditions and memories with your kids this holiday season.  Both Gary and I had wonderful memories of growing up with our families holiday traditions so we hope to see Madison someday doing these traditions with her family several years from now.

What Christmas traditions do you and your family do?

xo

Lori

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5 thoughts on “Christmas family traditions to do with a 15 month old

  1. Such a sweet post. My daughter, Hannah, loved seeing Madison. I think she wanted some of those cookies too. Gonna make some of the teddy grahams. Merry Christmas!

    Posted on December 24, 2015 at 11:38 am
    1. Whoops. I meant I will be making the gingerbread men. I guess I have cookies on the brain. Maybe I’ll make both. 🙂 Better get in the kitchen.

      Posted on December 24, 2015 at 11:41 am
      1. haha love it

        Posted on December 24, 2015 at 1:37 pm
    2. Thank you sweetie! Give little Hannah a hug from us. Wishing you all the best xoxo

      Posted on December 24, 2015 at 1:37 pm
      1. 🙂 Gingerbread men were yummy and so cute!

        Posted on December 28, 2015 at 4:35 pm