I love Christmas. The lights, the carols, my neighbor’s inflatable holiday Snoopy in the backyard. I’ve never been big on tradition, but Christmas is my one exception. Having an event or practice that you repeat every year adds something special to the holiday season. Here are some ideas for bookish Christmas Eve traditions you can start with your family this year.
1. Have a Dramatic Reading of The Night Before Christmas.
I am stealing this idea from my neighbor (not the same neighbor that has an inflatable Snoopy in the backyard). This one is perfect for families with young children. Set aside a special time to read The Night Before Christmas. Find a friend or neighbor with a loud, deep voice and have him stand in a hidden spot outside your house/apartment/trailer/yurt with a set of sleigh bells. Timing is everything here, so make sure you’re coordinated. During the poem, have your fake Santa yell, “Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!” and ring the sleigh bells a few times. A fade-in/fade-out effect works well here. Have him start quiet, then yell louder, then quiet down again. If your kids still believe in Santa Claus, they’ll think he just paid a visit to the neighborhood.5 Bookish Christmas Eve Traditions to Start This YearClick To Tweet