Christmas Eve, for a child, has to be one of the most exciting nights ever. Even if you aren’t expecting a bunch of gifts, anticipation of the unknown is enough to keep you from being able to get to sleep all night. Many families have traditions like reading a book like “The Night Before Christmas”, or watching “Rudulph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”. Other families like to pick a present to open, or go to church for a candlelight service.
Our family is still pretty new, so we have the fun task of figuring out what our Christmas Eve traditions are going to be. Last year was the first year we experienced Ayva’s Christmas Eve nerves, so I know that we’re going to have to have a full and active day to help her relax enough to be able to sleep. Maybe we’ll go on a hike, or go play at the playground. Whatever we do, it’s going to have us all moving. In the evening, it’ll be helpful to do something that helps her to wind down. I came up with an awesome tradition that I wanted to share with y’all.
Make A Simple Christmas Eve Ornament
Kids usually make lots of cool ornaments at school, but they don’t always get to make them at home because things are so busy. Christmas Eve is the perfect time to get a homemade ornament to commemorate Christmas for whatever age your child is. Even though you won’t get to enjoy it on the tree for a long time this year, you’ll have it for years to come. It’s just a good way to guarantee that you have something to pass on to their children (many, many years from now!)
Here’s an easy ornament that you can make, and that perfectly represents your child!
1. Decide what your base is going to be. You could use a square or circle piece of cardboard, a wooden square, or a ceramic ornament.
2. Trace the base on a piece of paper.
3. Invite your child to draw a picture of whatever they’d like on the templates that you created in the step above.
4. Cut out the pictures.
5. Use Mod Podge to attach the picture to your base, and then cover the picture with Mod Podge.
6. Let the ornament dry overnight, then attach a ribbon and hang on the tree in the morning.
*I apologize for not having a picture of the finished ornament. I’ll add one next week. I had to go out of town and didn’t have time to get the picture before I left!
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