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Our Favorite “Christmas Angel” Family Tradition

By: Bethany Beal

My family adores Christmas traditions; we look forward to them every year.

Christmas breakfast always looks the same. Christmas dinner always looks the same. The stockings hanging on the fireplace always look the same.

We love doing the same things year after year after year!

One of my family’s most special Christmas traditions started when I was little. My parents called this tradition “The Christmas Angel,” and it begins on December first and lasts until Christmas day.

The goal of this tradition is to secretly leave a little “Christmas Angel” gift for someone in a place where they’ll simply stumble across it. These gifts can be anything—they don’t have to cost money!

This tradition is all about making someone else feel loved and special. It’s truly a joy to focus on others and bring a smile to someone else’s face during the Christmas season!

Here’s How It Works:

  • You buy or make a little gift for a family member or friend.
  • You wrap the gift and draw an angel (with a marker) on the outside, adding the recipient’s name.
  • But don’t add your name! The gift is anonymous—and that’s part of the fun!
  • When the recipient isn’t around or looking, you leave your Christmas Angel somewhere where they’ll find it—in their car, on their dresser, taped to their bathroom mirror, on their Bible, etc.
  • The person discovers the Christmas Angel!
  • You can repeat these steps over and over again for all of your friends and family throughout the month of December (stretch it out and make it last through New Years!).

The Christmas Angel gifts don’t have to be big or costly. They can be simple, inexpensive, or even free. The goal isn’t to spend money; the goal is to be thoughtful and secretly let someone know that they are loved and cared for.

Christmas Angel Gift Ideas:

  • An encouraging letter
  • A hand-lettered quote
  • $5 gift cards
  • Handmade Christmas ornaments
  • A coffee mug
  • A small candle
  • A journal
  • A small poinsettia
  • Cookies
  • A tube of lipstick
  • A card game
  • Candy
  • Packs of gum and mints
  • Pens and notecards

If you came over to my house, my parents’ house, or any of my siblings’ houses during December, you would be sure to stumble across these secret little gifts. Our family is big on The Christmas Angel gifts, and we do them every year without fail!

The Christmas Angel is a tradition that I’m bringing into my new family. I love the idea of intentionally thinking of others and doing something to make someone I love smile.

Give The Christmas Angel tradition a try.

Start leaving little gifts with angels drawn on them around your house. Maybe your family and friends will catch the fun festive spirit and want to join in on the fun!

  • Does your family do anything unique this time of year?
  • What is your all-time favorite Christmas tradition?


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