CHRISTmas Traditions

Without Christ … without God’s unfathomable love towards all mankind through the birth and sacrifice of His only begotten Son, Jesus … there could be no true CHRISTmas. For this reason, we’re sharing inspiring ideas from within our community of CHRISTmas enthusiasts in the hope that you are sure to find a few new CHRISTmas tradition ideas you’ll want to introduce to your own family’s celebrations!

Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan brass ornament made in the USA adorning a present under the Christmas tree.

In truth, CHRISTmas traditions do not have to be inherited to enjoy them – they are seeds that can be planted into your family’s heritage at any time as can be seen by our first idea …

🎂Happy Birthday Jesus CHRISTmas Tradition🥳

We’re so glad it’s Christmas … All the tinsel and lights and the presents are nice, but the real gift is YOU!” – Happy Birthday Jesus song.

By and large, one truly sweet CHRISTmas tradition to celebrate the birth of Jesus comes to us from Scarlett Full of Instagram’s @LetsBeGraceFull. Because what birthday celebration is complete without CAKE?!

What you’ll need to recreate Scarlett’s sweet CHRISTmas tradition:

  • A delicious CAKE recipe. (We recommend this FUDGE BROWNIE CAKE)
  • Small, lightweight NATIVITY — Be sure to choose a food-friendly Nativity – avoiding glitter, bark, moss, etc. that could contaminate your delicious frosting!
  • Tree accessory, optional — Fontanini’s regional PALM TREE SET is a perfect fit!
  • Birthday Cake CANDLE
  • PARTY HATS

🌟Journey To Bethlehem CHRISTmas Tradition🐫

One of our team members came across this lovely CHRISTmas tradition idea on Facebook, inspired by Rebecca Spooner of Homeschool On. Without a doubt, this CHRISTmas tradition is sure to make some of the merriest of memories for the kids while reminding them of the real reason for the season!

Instead of Elf on the Shelf, move Mary and Joseph through your house each night as they “journey to Bethlehem” and have your kids search for them the next morning. Naturally, they’ll end up at the Nativity scene on Christmas Eve with baby Jesus appearing Christmas morning.

Shelby Wright of Facebook shares another great nativity idea in continuing a Christ-central focus for “Momma’s with girls who love dolls!” She suggests finding a small nativity for the “dolls” to have their own. Our miniature Holy Family figure couldn’t be more perfect, measuring a petite, 1¾” tall.

Miniature Holy Family Figure
Featured: Miniature Holy Family Figure (1253759)

📚Story Time CHRISTmas Tradition📚

What better way to celebrate HIStory than during story time?! Not to mention all those extra little snuggles you can soak up …

Mama reading Christmas Story to two boys
📷 Instagram Photo Credit: Sheela Federici of @SheFed; Featured: A Special Place For Santa Book (1028268)

Undoubtedly, one idea to build anticipation around story time comes from Lauren of Instagram’s @mill3rlife. This sweet mama wraps 25 Christmas books, one for her kiddos to unwrap each day in December for a fun Christmas countdown.

📷 Instagram Photo Credit: @mill3rlife

Why not start this CHRISTmas tradition in your own family by choosing 25 Christ-centered Christmas books?! To get you started, enjoy this FREE PRINTABLE* of CHRISTmas Traditions Countdown Tags from Bronner’s:

Carrie’s Crafter Tip:
Use a 1½” circle punch for a precise cut on tags from Bronner’s free Christmas countdown printable.

For a personal touch, why not add a handwritten note or scripture reference to the back of each tag?! Also, consider laminating the tags for reuse year-after-year!

Free Printable Advent Christmas Countdown Religious Tags To Wrap Religious Books
Featured: Bronner’s FREE Printable Advent Tags; Holy Night Little Star (1255781); Santa And The Savior (1204989); God’s Gift Of Love (1213027); Little Golden Book® Christmas Story (1053257)

Lauren’s Tip:
Shop the sales early to start collecting 25 books for next year and reuse the same books every year.

Alternatively, scour your library’s free books for options or grab a group of friends to circulate books with to keep fresh each year! (And let’s be honest, if you’re a bookworm, you know the possibilities of this idea beyond the kids has you just as excited too! )

If you’re short on time, “The Story Of Christmas” Advent Calendar comes with 24 mini storybooks!


🧩 The “Jesus” Shaped Puzzle Piece For Our Hearts 💚

“It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.”

Dr. Seuss’ from “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”

Piece by piece, as every hole becomes whole … a nativity puzzle is a great way to spend the holiday puzzling until your puzzler is sore full.

Continuing in a similar thread from above, this is a CHRISTmas tradition that can be tailored to what best suits your family! For toddlers and young kids, opt to slowly put together one puzzle, piece by piece, day by day. For older kids or even the adult puzzlers, see how many nativity puzzles you can get through in December! Consequently, we love this 1000 piece puzzle “A Savior Is Born” by Springbok® , to get you started! (Let us know how many puzzles you complete in December in the comments below!)

Sierra Lucas of @thelucashomestead shares her kid-friendly take on this fun idea –

“Happy December 1st! Today the boys got to open the first bag of their puzzle advent calendar that I made. I decided I didn’t want to do anything with candy or junk toys and I wanted to do something Christ centered, so when I found a 48 piece nativity floor puzzle at hobby lobby I knew it would work perfectly! Each bag has 2 pieces in it, so that they both have a piece each day and will finish it on Christmas Eve!”

“Life is like a puzzle. Only if you fit the pieces to the right places, you will see the beauty of it.”

Dave Nahar

Happy puzzling!

And last but not least …


Collect A Fontanini Nativity

Celebrate the season with the addition of a new Fontanini Nativity piece!

I have a friend who introduced me to this fun and economical concept! Starting when her nieces and nephews were young, she would buy them one nativity piece a year so that when they were grown, they’d have a beautiful nativity of their very own!

Love Fontanini?! The Fontanini family has been appearing at Bronner’s for decades. Check out this post to see vintage photos from #BronnersArchives and our latest village renovation!

Fontanini Nativity Display At Bronner's & Wire Star How-To

🥳Celebrate the JOY of CHRISTmas With Us, All Year!🎄

We celebrate that JOY 365 days a year at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan*. We fully Enjoy CHRISTmas, It’s HIS Birthday” and we “Enjoy Life, It’s HIS Way! But we also experience great JOY in seeing how you do, too, with your very own CHRISTmas traditions! Have an idea that wasn’t featured here?! Share your CHRISTmas Tradition Ideas in the comments below with our beloved community of CHRISTmas enthusiasts!

*Bronner’s year-round Christmas store is open 361 days a year but celebrates Christmas 365 days with our ½ mile-long scenic drive illuminating nightly, with approximately 100,000 sparkling lights, from dusk until Midnight. To plan your trip to the “World’s Largest Christmas Store“, find the most current information on Bronner’s Store Hours.


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