Start New Holiday Traditions with Your Family
The holidays can be expensive, but this year take the opportunity to create new holiday traditions with your family that will last a lifetime (and won't hurt your wallet). Family holiday traditions are something to look forward to every year, and help build the cozy festive atmosphere. Your new holiday tradition will become a staple within your home and an important part of your celebration for years to come.
Here are some ideas for holidays traditions to try:
- Decorate the tree as a family: Take time to string twinkling lights and hang favorite ornaments on your tree. Play your favorite holiday music and make some delicious holiday snacks to munch on as you work. You can also add one new ornament a year (take turns as family members getting to choose or create something homemade) and remember the story that comes with how it came to trim your tree.
- Bake holiday cookies for the neighbors: With this holidays tradition, your house will smell delicious and your neighbors will be delighted when you drop by with some sweet treats. It’s also a great way to get out for a walk and see the Christmas decorations that others have put up on their homes!
- Watch a Christmas movie marathon: Mix classic movies like “A Christmas Carol”, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and “Miracle on 34th Street” with modern favorites like “Elf”, “Love Actually”, and “The Holiday.” Pop a big bowl of popcorn to share, make hot cocoa, and snuggle up on the couch together. If you have several favorites, watch one movie per night in the days leading up to Christmas.
- Volunteer to serve food at a shelter: Think of others during the holiday season and spend a day at your local food shelter or food bank, sorting donations or serving meals to those in need. This is a wonderful holiday activity to do with kids to teach them about helping those in need.
- Explore holiday traditions from around the world: How do others celebrate the holidays? Your whole family can learn something new about international cultures and try out their holiday traditions for a change. Learn how to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” in different languages. You can also read about the history of Saint Nicholas who visits homes in many European countries, or about the three Magi who deliver gifts in Spain, Mexico, and Argentina. Instead of hanging stockings off the fireplace, try leaving out your shoes as children do in the Netherlands and France and see what goodies they are stuffed with in the morning. If you live in an area that doesn’t get snow for the holidays, have a barbecue on the beach like the Australians down under!
Come up with your own new ways to celebrate the holidays with traditions that make the season special. Simply spending time together engaging in meaningful activities can be a wonderful way to form long-lasting memories that your family can always share.