Monday’s Musings #143 & Making Christmas Eve/Morning Special

10 Days of Christmas Joy: Making Christmas Eve/Morning Special | What Joy Is Mine

On this 9th installment of our 10 Days of Christmas Joy, we are looking at ways to make Christmas morning (and eve) special. Most families have their traditions for the eve of Christmas and Christmas morning. If you’re still finding your way with that or want to add something new then today we will be sharing some ideas with you.

First, both days should have some kind of meal you serve for those days only. For instance, Christmas Eve could be a favorite family casserole or soup/salad combo and Christmas Day would have ham or roast with all the fixings. Maybe its a Christmas morning meal that is made special. A baked french toast dish, breakfast quiche or sweet rolls you make the night before and throw in the oven before everyone wakes up. Imagine the fun of waking up to that sweet aroma before beginning the day’s agenda. Food always has a way of drumming up favorite times in our life. So, decided on your menu and have fun with creating a memory for your family

Besides a meal to make Christmas morning/eve special, there’s gift opening. Some families open gifts on Christmas Eve, some do it on Christmas Morning. Some may only open one gift on Christmas Eve and the rest Christmas morning. Some may not do gifts at all and only do stockings. In our family, on Christmas Eve, we always have a wrapping paper fight while opening gifts with my husband’s side of the family. I know, silly, but oh so much fun. How about putting on Christmas music while opening gifts? However, it works for you, decide and stick with it. By deciding on this early on in your family, everyone knows what to expect year after year.

Other traditions for Christmas eve/morning could be reading of a favorite book on either days, doing a family devotional, singing favorite Christmas songs, reading from the Bible about Jesus’ birth, calling family or friends who live far away (nowadays we can even Skype!), playing games, taking a meal to a family in need, taking time to pray for the lost and others’ needs, baking cookies, attending church or watching a favorite Christmas movie to name a few. Create the celebration you desire for Christmas eve and Christmas morning and plan on it each year.

Creating traditions that make Christmas eve/morning special will have a lasting impact on your family. The memories they will hold onto will always bring them back to these days of being with their family as they celebrated the birth of the Savior. So, take the time and be intentional to make Christmas eve/morning special for your family. Write down what you did and stick with it.

Tomorrow will mark our 10th day of 10 days of Christmas Joy and that means it will be giveaway time. Remember I told you I had a sweet giveaway for you all to say “thank you” for being faithful readers here at WJIM? I am blessed by you and so glad you visit often. So, don’t forget to stop by tomorrow and see what I have for you. The giveaway will be open until Thursday and a winner announced on Friday. Now onto our link up! Again we were blessed with over 100 posts shared last week!! Fabulous!


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  1. says

    We have held firm to a Christmas Eve tradition since we got married. This year, we are having extra family over to celebrate and exchange gifts. I’m so excited! I just love that time together. I really want to try a French Toast Casserole for Christmas breakfast this year. In years past I have made a Hashbrown Casserole.
    Anne Payne recently posted…The Barn Collective

    • says

      Anne…I usually make something sweet for Christmas morning and this year it will be the gingerbread cinnamon rolls I shared in this post. The french toast casserole was a close second in my consideration. Let me know how it turns out.

  2. says

    Thank you for inviting us into your space for the link-up. I have enjoyed hearing others thoughts on so many different subjects. I enjoyed your Christmas post. We have several traditions that we started when our girls were young – one of them (although simple) is making monkey bread before opening gifts, then while it is baking up in the oven we open gifts and then have a yummy snack afterwards. It’s simple and yet it’s a tradition we hold dear. Blessings to you this Christmas season.
    @ Simplified
    Victoria Mininger recently posted…Simple Travel: Holiday Travel with Kids – Surviving on the Road

    • says

      Victoria…I love your tradition. They will remember the aroma of the sweet treat baking while opening their gifts for all their lives. Than you for sharing that and for visiting and linking up. Have a great day!

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