Christmas Eve is one of the most special days of the year. Here are 10 things to do and celebrate this day of wonder and joy.

I think Christmas Eve is the most special day of the entire year. So I don’t want to squander it. I make sure we do lots of memory-making things that have become Christmas traditions. Here are 10 fun and wonderful things to do this Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve is a time to keep our traditions and make even the smallest things we do special!

Ready to make this Christmas Eve a day to remember? If you have a fun Christmas Eve idea, please share them in the comments! We would love to hear!

Take Pictures Of Your Christmas House

As a blogger, I have a running visual record of my home decorated for Christmas. And I love to see how things have changed over the years!

Why not do a movie or image tour of your home? If you have a smartphone use it to take lots of pictures of all your pretty decorations. Start at your front door and take pictures of all your Christmas decorations! You will be so glad you did.

Put Your Shoes Outside Your Bedroom Door

Every Christmas Eve, when our grandbabies come, they put their shoes outside their bedroom doors, and Santa fills them with goodies. This is a tradition that comes from the Netherlands. St. Nicholas Day is December 6th. We have tweaked the tradition a little and do this on Christmas Eve.

Even if you don’t have little ones in your home this year, surprise someone in your home with a shoe filled with their favorite candy and maybe a small gift. It will make a fun holiday memory.


The only time I miss having a piano is at Christmas! If you don’t have any instruments to accompany you, then put on your favorite music and sing!

Of all the days of the year to sing, this one is it! As a matter of fact, have Christmas music playing from the second you get up until you go to bed! This will create tons of Christmas spirit.

Night Before Christmas Gift

Since Bobby and I were first married, we have given each other a night-before Christmas gift. And we do the same for our children and grandchildren. I bet so many of you do this, too. Let me guess, is it pajamas? Everyone in our home gets a nice new pair of fun jammies! And sometimes they match!

Go To Church

Christmas Eve feels holy to me! Every year, we go to Christmas Eve service, and it puts Christmas into perspective! You might also like to read The Real Christmas Story, a real look at the birth of Jesus.

Make Christmas Cookies

My new love of baking is almost an obsession! I’m going to wake up early on Christmas Eve morning and bake cookies while listening to Christmas carols.

Here is a recipe for my favorite Sugar Cookies. This is a very old post, but the recipe is the best!

Make Christmas Breakfast Casserole

No matter how big or small Christmas brunch is, we always have Christmas Breakfast Casserole. We make the same recipe every Christmas, and we all love it! It’s a wonderful recipe because it can be made up ahead and baked on Christmas morning.

Wrap Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

Instead of putting those last-minute gifts in a gift bag, why not find joy in wrapping them and tying them up with a pretty bow? Wrapping gifts really puts me in the Christmas spirit!

You can see how easy it is to make the StoneGable Christmas Bow.

Watch Your Favorite Christmas Movie

Our first married Christmas, Bobby and I watched It’s A Wonderful Life, and it has become a Christmas Eve tradition.

When we get home from church, we pop the cork on some bubbly, snuggle up in our new pajamas, and watch George Bailey, Clarence, Zuzu, and more working out a Christmas miracle in Bedford Falls.

What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

Go See The Lights

I LOVE LOVE LOVE going for a long drive to see all the good, bad, and so so ugly Christmas lights! Actually, we usually do this on the way home from church. But this year, we are doing our Christmas Eve drive a few days early.

Make sure to take hot chocolate and some cookies to boost your Christmas spirit!

I hope I’ve given you a few ideas you can use to make your Christmas Eve special and memorable! Now, it’s your turn! Please share your favorite Christmas Eve activity!

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  1. Lynn Sinapi Matsko says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and decorating tips! Your recipe for Seafood Boil will be on our Christmas Eve dinner menu. We are having a quieter, smaller celebration with just our 2 adult sons. We picked a great family memory of vacationing in the Outer Banks together to guide this year’s dinner celebrations.

    1. Oh, my goodness! What a wonderful Christmas Eve meal! Merry Christmas.

  2. Every Christmas Eve we have a buffet of charcuterie, shrimp, dips, stuffed dates, candy, homemade Christmas cookies, and bakery bread. Christmas music is playing and after everyone has eaten we head to the living room with our eggnog and open presents. As a kid my Dad always worked Christmas Eve. We had a tavern and he always stayed open to make sure those who didn’t have anyone would have a place to congregate and celebrate with others. My mother, brother, and I would go to Midnight Mass, then come home to watch The Bells of Saint Mary’s, drink egg, and wait for my father. When he got home (usually around 4:30 AM) we opened gifts. Christmas morning we all slept in; as we had already attended church. Christmas Day was always dinner with extended family and playing with cousins and showing off our Christmas presents. Now it’s just me, my daughter, and 2 grandkids. Cousins all have their own families, my brother lives out of town, and my parents are deceased. Really miss our Christmases together.

  3. My husband and I have many Christmas Eve memories, both of our almost 50 years together, as well as childhood remembrances. We enjoyed a stir fry meal and will spend a little time reading scripture, as well as thanking God for his gift of Jesus. Also adding a few bows and making sure the grandkids’ gift piles are even. Relaxing tonight, as tomorrow will be spent with 5 granddaughters. Will be crawling into bed early to watch a favorite Christmas movie. Have enjoyed your wonderful ideas and beautiful home again this year. Praying for you and yours to regain health.

  4. Wishing you and your family a joyous and blessed Christmas! Thanks for the inspiration all through the year. May God bless you and your family.

  5. Rachel Bowley says:

    Merry Christmas Yvonne & family. Thank you for the Christmas Eve suggestions. Great ideas that are easy. I will be trying a few to start new traditions.

  6. Have a wonderful Christmas. I enjoy all your stories. I also get so many decorating tips from you. Now that most of our older relatives have passed on we have a quiet Christmas Eve. But Christmas Day will be filled with our sons and family. Merry Christmas to you and Bobby.