A Unique Christmas Tradition Your Family Will Love


Creating special Christmas traditions makes the holiday season so memorable for many families. Growing up, my family had one Christmas tradition that nobody else I knew shared. Some of my absolute favorite childhood memories are tied into this tradition.

Every year during the holiday season, we held a family slumber party by the Christmas tree. We called it “sleeping under the tree.”

When I was a child, my sister and I would set up our sleeping bags as close to the tree as possible. My parents would usually bring a mattress downstairs into the living room for themselves. There were Christmas cookies and hot cocoa. We told stories and played Christmas music on the piano, all while snuggling up in the sparkling light. This night was magical every single year. One time, I even woke up and thought I saw Santa sitting on the couch (once I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes, I realized it was my dad).  

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Now that we have our own children, we treasure this Christmas tradition too. I have videos of my oldest child jumping on the mattresses in Christmas pajamas when he was a toddler. And I have memories of the sleepover in the different homes we’ve lived in. Even though we spend a lot of time together as a family, there is something extra special about this sleepover. We set aside all of our responsibilities to spend this one night being together and appreciating the joy of the season.  

This holiday tradition would work really well for families of any faith background. Whether you celebrate in a religious way, a nature-based way, or not at all. Some of the details will vary, but a sleepover with a few special touches is something your family members will cherish. I encourage you to try it, make it your own, and experience the magic with your family.

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Hello, I’m Taylor! I am Mama to three beautiful kids, ages five and three, and a brand new little guy who is snuggling me as I write this. Parenting with my amazing partner James has sent us on a quest to craft the very best life we can imagine for our family. To us, that means that each of us (kids included) can pursue our passions while spending as much time as possible together as a family unit. Since 2011, we have moved three times and both changed careers multiple times. We’re now happily settled in the Seacoast, a truly special place that we think will be our forever home. We both work from home, trading time spent working and time spent with our kids. We are passionate about our homeschooled children taking the lead in their own learning and our days are spent supporting them and their interests. I am a birth and postpartum doula and co-founder of New Mama Project, a site filled with resources and support to help new mothers navigate the postpartum transition and the profound identity shift of becoming a mom. I love exploring the Seacoast, dreaming about traveling, learning to knit, and reading and talking about homeschooling and unschooling.