What’s one of the best parts about Christmas? For many, it’s celebrating cherished family traditions so delightful, genius, and storied that you feel pumped full of that holiday nostalgia. And although many of us can’t be with our extended families to enjoy old traditions or forge new ones, living vicariously through them via a Reddit thread could get you into the yuletide spirit. The viral thread, which asks Redditors what their favorite and unique Christmas traditions are is filled with pure holiday delight. Plus, they might also inspire a few good sleep-saving Christmas morning parenting hacks that you can easily steal.
Some of the best answers? Reddit user Essendxle wrote about a wrapping paper tradition that begins just as soon as the kids in the family wake up: “Every Christmas the kids in the house have wrapping paper put over the entrances to their rooms so they get to rip through it in the morning.” They added that the tradition “originally started as a way to keep a certain kid in [his room] when he kept coming out early and opening presents before everyone was awake,” which makes sense because parents deserve every second of extra sleep they can get on early Christmas mornings, but also because opening presents is best done as the whole family.
Another Redditor, u/betterlucknxttime, wrote about another hack that lets parents sleep in later and would even make sure that kids accomplish a chore or two before rushing to the Christmas tree: “My parents used to tape a list of little chores we’d have to do inside our own rooms before waking them up to go downstairs on the inside of our bedroom doors (we wouldn’t dare go down without them, but we were known to pound on their door at 5:30am because, hey, Santa must’ve come and gone by then).” Betterlucknxttime explains that this means that the kids would make their beds, organize their toys or even do a puzzle so that their parents could get “a few more precious moments of sleep.” Genius. Groundbreaking. Definitely worth stealing.
SARstar367 also offers up a sweet and sentimental tradition involving the year’s Christmas tree, plus all the trees that came before, writing, “Each year we cut a round off the bottom of our Christmas tree. We label it with the year. Over time it makes a sweet display/ reminder of years past.”
Following in the vein of sentimental Christmas tree tidings, u/Barrucuda talked about a tradition that lets their family relive favorite or important moments that happened that year. They wrote, “Every year my wife and I buy an ornament for our tree that corresponds with something that happened that year. So we have a tree filled with all of these weird wacky ornaments like a tennis ball (we started playing tennis that year), swedish chef (Europe trip), Ship Captain Nutcracker (our first cruise), amongst many others.” This sounds like an incredible tradition, but we can imagine that finding an ornament to represent the hellish year that was 2020 could be rather difficult! Maybe toilet paper, a Tiger King ornament, or a baked bread loaf would do?
Another tradition magically combines poetry with funny gag gifts as a way to celebrate the time the family has with each other. OneParticularHarbour explains, “Every year my family buys each other member a gag/joke/small gift, then writes a poem about it, for the recipient to read on Christmas Eve. It’s probably the highlight of the entire season for me, as it’s always filled with laughter at how terrible we all are at poetry.” They added that, “No matter how old we all get, this is a really fun way to bring everyone back to that root joy of spending time together (this year it will be virtual, but still fun).”
Perhaps one of the most delightful traditions in the thread is actually quite simple, and it revolves around a very dedicated grandpa. TheNoodyBoody wrote, “My grandpa would always get up on the roof about an hour after our bedtime and stomp around on the roof with sleigh bells” to sound like Santa. All of these traditions sound pretty incredible, although parents of young kids might especially want to incorporate some of these wrapping paper over the door or chore traditions to grab a few extra minutes of sleep on Christmas morning.