Our All Day Family Christmas Celebration

Ever since Jesse and I got married — almost 18 years ago! — we have celebrated Christmas with both sides of our families on Christmas Day. This has meant that we usually don’t do as much with just the five (now 6!) of us.

Last year, our three older kids said they would really love to do an all-day celebration with just our immediate family. So, we put our heads together, and talked about what that would look like.

We ended up creating an All-Day Family Christmas Celebration plan that went so well we all decided we wanted to repeat it again this year! Here’s what we did…

We planned our All-Day Christmas Celebration for the Sunday before Christmas. The week leading up to it, we all planned, bought, and wrapped our gifts we wanted to give to each other, the order of events for the day, plus the menu for the day.

Each of us chose one item for the snack table and one item for Christmas dinner and then we all decided on what we’d have for Christmas breakfast together. We made a few things ahead of time that could be cooked and frozen.

On Saturday evening, we went out and shopped together as a family for all of the groceries we needed for the day. (We were babysitting for Champ, thus the reason you see two car seats in the photo above!) We also stopped by Dollar Tree to purchase our stocking stuffers items for our annual Dollar Tree Stocking Tradition.

When we got home, we all worked on cooking and baking the items we had chosen to make for the meal and the snack table. Jesse chose to make Bacon Wrapped Dates for his snack table contribution.

With all of us working together, we had everything baked and prepped in about an hour and a half, leaving enough time to finish wrapping presents and getting a few last minute things done for the morning.

Sunday morning, we had a breakfast of Brown Sugar Biscuit Twists, Eggs, and Fruit and enjoyed this while we slowly unwrapped gifts, laughed, talked, and just savored the morning and the thoughtfulness that everyone put into their gifts.

Oh, and of course, we all wore our matching Christmas jammies (per Kaitlynn’s request!)

It was Kierstyn’s first Christmas and she had the best time! (By the way, as you can see from the gifts under the tree, we keep things simple and only give a few gifts per person. We try to focus on meaningful gifts and quality gifts versus quantity. I know every family is different, but this has worked well for us and our kids.)

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