Want to make this season a bit more magical? Starting some great Christmas traditions is just what this season needs to add that extra sparkle to your family holidays. There are a few things to remember when thinking of what holiday traditions you would like to begin this season.
Don’t try and add start too many traditions. There are so many wonderful Christmas traditions it’s hard to not want to do them all. But you don’t want to overload your family and stress yourself out. Keep holiday traditions to a few small ones – that way they are even that more special.
Leave it to a family vote! Another way to get your family excited about starting holiday traditions is getting their vote on which ones they want to do. If they are as excited to keep up on the traditions the easier it will be to get everyone to participate. Give them a few options and take a vote. The biggest vote wins!
Remember to also document each tradition each year. The best part of Christmas traditions is being able to look back at the past ones. Make sure you take photographs or write them down. You will be delighted to look back at how much everyone has grown.
Here are some ideas of great Christmas Traditions to start:
- Christmas Eve Box – I bet your kids are always dying to open at least one gift on Christmas Eve. A Christmas Eve Box is a perfect gift to unwrap on Christmas Eve without spoiling opening up the rest of their presents. In the box includes a pair of new Christmas PJs, a Christmas story, a movie and some popcorn with other delicious treats. It is the perfect way to spend a Christmas Eve evening – in your PJs watching some classic holiday movies.
- Family Charity Activity – A family that does charity together sticks together. Doing a charity activity during the holiday season is not only good way to spend time with the family and make memories but it is also good for the soul. It is a great way to teach your kids how to be empathetic and compassionate towards others and to remind us that this is the season of giving.
- Ornament Time Capsule – Make a list of fun tidbits about your child that year such as what their favorite cartoon is, what they like to do or what is on their Christmas list this year. Fold it up or roll it into a scroll and put it in an ornament. Make sure you put the year on the outside with the child’s name. Over the years you will have a tree full of memories. Your kids will enjoy reading and looking back year after year.
- 25 Books of Christmas – Reading a book every night to countdown to Christmas is a lovely tradition. You don’t have to spend lots of money doing so either! Buy them used or keep an eye out during garage sales throughout the year and you can usually find a ton of holiday books for children. If you need more books you can always check some out at the library. Wrap each book in Christmas paper and your child will have fun unwrapping one each night. Reading a Christmas bedtime story is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
- Santa Sack – This is a great tradition to start with your children to help them learn how to be charitable. It really embraces this season of giving. Have your kids go through their old toys and books and let them choose which things they would like to give away. Not only is this great charitable act for kids to learn – you are also helping keeping all the toy clutter in your home down! Put them all in a large sack and have the kids leave it under the tree for Santa to pick up when he drops off their new Christmas presents.
- Santa Key – For those who do not have a chimney for old St. Nick to climb down through, leaving a “magical” key for him hanging on your front door is a great way to keep up with the magic of the season. It helps answer those questions from your kids who want to know how Santa is going to be able to come into your home if you don’t have a fireplace!
- Make Reindeer Food – You always leave cookies and milk for Santa but what about his reindeer? This is a fun tradition to do with your kids by making food for Santa’s reindeer. You can tell your kids that this is just extra insurance to make sure Santa’s reindeer stop at your home. The reindeer will smell the oats and guide them to your home. You can have them sprinkle it in front of your home and the recipe happens to also be a lovely treat for the birds!
- Christmas Eve Package From Santa – You children will be delighted to find an early package from Santa sitting on their doorstep on Christmas Eve. You can fill it with amazing fun Christmas activities to do that will really help everyone get into the Christmas spirit. They can be baking supplies to bake Santa cookies to leave out on Christmas Eve or art supplies to make an ornament. The activities are endless!
- Cookie Exchange – Hosting a cookie exchange is a wonderful way to catch up with family and friends while walking away with some yummy treats. Everyone brings a batch of cookies over to exchange. You can add a little bit something extra special by having everyone include the recipe to their cookies and if you like a little friendly competition, you can even host a best cookie vote with the prize being a small Christmas gift basket.
- Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt – Everyone loves to go out and look at the beautiful Christmas lights. Having a scavenger hunt is a great little twist on an already great tradition. Have a list of a few things you may find when looking at Christmas lights. This can include finding a reindeer decoration, a Santa hat, candy cane lights and more.