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Friday, December 21, 2018

Christmas Eve Traditions in Texas + A Peak at Trendy Toys

Christmas Eve in Texas includes many traditions. In today's post, I compiled a list of Texas Christmas Eve traditions.  

1. Tamales.
Whether you buy them at a restaurant or make them on your own, many families enjoy tamales on Christmas Eve in Texas. 

2. Pecan Pie.
Pecan pies and chocolate pecan pies are a traditional Christmas Eve and Christmas dessert in Texas.

3. Donate gifts through Angel Trees, Toys for Tots, and other Holiday Gift Drives.
You will find toy donation drop-offs at many schools, stores, churches, restaurants, and attractions.  Here are a couple of fun sets that are great for kids.

The Roblox Heroes of Robloxia is a fun set.  Relive your favorite moments from the most popular Roblox games and experiences! This set includes multiple figures, an exclusive virtual item code, as well as interchangeable parts and accessories that can be mixed-and-matched with other characters from your collection. Kids will have with the combinatorial explosion that results from mixing and matching different pieces. 

Peppa Pig’s Fair is fun set that is exclusively at Walmart Have an oinktastic time with Peppa and George with Peppa’s Fun Fair! Ride the big blue Ferris wheel, take a spin on the merry-go-round, make funny faces in the funhouse mirror, or try your luck at the game booth. It’s all available in one set! The Fun Fair is a great addition to your World of Peppa collection. Features a merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, strolling bridge, fun house mirror, game booth, and giant panda prize fair accessories. Playset includes Peppa and George articulated figures. Kids will enjoy using their imaginations with this set.

4. Red Trees.
When I moved to Texas a decade ago, I quickly learned that red Christmas lights on trees are popular.  Red Christmas lights are a Texas tradition.

5. Luminaries. (Luminarias.)
Luminaries are popular on Christmas Eve. Many people use them to light the front sidewalk at their home or to line driveways such as the ones at churches.

6. Open a gift on Christmas Eve.
A Texas Christmas Eve tradition is to let children open a gift on Christmas Eve.  Let me share a peak at the Christmas Eve gifts for my children.

Bob the Train Learning Adventures Train is available on Amazon. Encourage little ones to learn the ABCs and 123s with the Bob Learning Adventures Train. Press Bob's roof to play “The Alphabet Song," and press Bob's hat to hear phrases from the show. Includes Bob the Train vehicle, a wagon car with 6 flipping tiles with numbers and more, and a wagon car with removable letter blocks. This is a nice educational toy.

Bob the Train Around the Town Playset is available on Amazon. The Bob the Train Around the Town Playset features exciting textures, fidget spinners, removable shapes, and sounds to discover! Includes the Around the Town Playset, Bob the Train vehicle, wagon car, and numbers 1, 2, and 3. Compatible with Alphabet Adventures Train Cars and Train Family Adventure Pack (each sold separately). This is a fun educational toy that encourages little ones to use their imaginations.

7. Christmas Light Drive-through Experiences.
Everything really is bigger in Texas. Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie, TX and many other drive-through Christmas light parks are spread throughout the state.  It's something that everyone should experience at least once, but many families make it an annual Christmas Eve tradition in Texas.

8. Santa Photos. Family Photos. Lots of Photos.
Texans love photos. They take photos with Santa. They take family photos. They take photos at school. They take photos with holiday decorations. They seem to take photos everywhere throughout the state of Texas during the holiday season.

9. Christmas Eve Church Services.
Of course, Christmas Eve Church services are popular in Texas. Many churches are closed on Christmas Day and everyone enjoys time at home with their families.

10. White Elephant Parties.
White Elephant parties are big in Texas. Some extended families get together on Christmas Eve for White Elephant parties. Let me share a funny White Elephant gift idea below - Fiesty Pets! Their is this brand called Jazwares and they created these hysterical stuffed animals. They’re soft and cute, but with just a squeeze to the back of the head, these interactive plush animals change from sweet to feisty. Choose from an assortment of popular animals, including a bear, dog, cat, and unicorn!  Each Feisty Pet has their list of likes and dislikes, so consider yourself warned!

They are sweet.

Oh, now one is feisty.

Now the other one is feisty! 

They are perfect for White Elephant parties!

I hope that you enjoyed this list of Texas Christmas Eve traditions!

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