Special Holiday Family Traditions
Evergreen scented candles lit in the living room, the smell of freshly baked cookies, laughter around the kitchen table, Christmas music echoing through the house…these are some of the Holiday simplicities that we associate with tradition. There is a nostalgic blend of comfort and joy that comes with special holiday family traditions.
One of the best parts about the holidays are the traditions. In the midst of the busy months leading up to Christmas, it can be easy to forget the reasons for the season. One of those reasons is spending cherished time with family. Oftentimes, Christmas is one of the few times a year that a family can come together under one roof and do the traditions that they look forward to year after year.
Here are a few common holiday family traditions:
- Pick out the Christmas tree and decorate the house together
- Collect an ornament from every place you travel
- Make baked goods and deliver them to your neighbors
- Go Christmas shopping on Black Friday and wrap gifts together
- Hold a Secret Santa party and start a gag gift tradition
- Create a Holiday playlist of all your family’s favorite songs
- Get matching pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve
- Drive around town to see the holiday lights
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen or shelter
- Pick your favorite photos from the year and create your Holiday card together
- Have a Christmas movie marathon and watch all the classics like: Elf, The Polar Express, Home Alone, and of course, The Santa Clause.
Traditions for Kids:
- Read Holiday books before bed each night of December
- See a local production of the Nutcracker ballet
- Start the Elf on the Shelf annual tradition
- Go Ice skating or sledding
- Write a letter to Santa and track his progress on NORAD
- Decorate a gingerbread house
- Make homemade gifts for a family member
- Get a handful of people together to go Caroling
- Make Reindeer Food on Christmas Eve (dry oats & sprinkles) and scatter it around the yard
- Create a Christmas Eve themed box filled with: pajamas, fuzzy sucks, a Christmas movie for the whole family to watch, popcorn, hot cocoa, etc.
Despite the hustle of the Holidays, it’s important to always make time for the traditions that mean the most. Be intentional about your Holiday traditions because they will likely be passed down for many generations to come. While some may remain the same each year, it’s never too late to start a new one. Keep the Holiday spirit alive through Tradition by finding ways to mix the old with the new.
Traditions are important because they bond families closer together. Whether it’s decorating, cooking, volunteering… the most important part of any tradition is doing it with the ones you love. Traditions teach us family values, create lasting memories, and remind us to put our busy lives on pause long enough to really connect with one another.