Family traditions are part of what makes every family special. Your kids will reflect back to you what are existing traditions you may not realize your family has already. It’s in creating tradition that we connect with our family. It’s the simple holiday traditions that are memorable. Here are my top 10 holiday traditions.
1.Purchase a personalized ornament with the year on it for each child
Each year I add a new ornament to our kids’ collections. It’s a special reminder of the year gone by. I love that our kids will take these on to use on their family trees in the future.
2. An evening holiday walk to see Christmas decorations and sip hot cocoa
There’s nothing more fun that a walk to see the holiday lights in your neighborhood. Bring hot cocoa to keep warm.
3. Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with 12 donations to local charities
Your holiday will be especially meaningful with donations to those who have little. Choose little ways you can contribute with either goods or funds.
4. Add Christmas songs to your Pandora channels
The music of the season brings a smile to our faces. Your music is always with you too!
5. Organize your Christmas cards by binding them together in a book
I love this small way to cherish the holiday cards we receive.
6. Purchase ready-made gingerbread houses to decorate and host a hot chocolate buffet
Assemble your gingerbread houses the day before so they are sturdy. Decorate and display for a week. Be sure to decorate your own too.
7. Host a holiday movie night and invite a family to join you
Whether it’s Charlie Brown Christmas or Christmas Vacation, all families have their favorite movie to watch every year.
8. Host a hot chocolate buffet and crazy Christmas sweater get together
Get crazy with hot chocolate mix ins like marshmellows, candy canes, cinnamon red hots and whipped cream for a hot chocolate buffet. Add in the crazy Christmas sweater phenomenon. It’s an evening full of laughter.
9. Gather up gently used family coats and bring the donations as a family
We all have coats, scarves and gloves we have not used in a while. Bring these as a family to donate to share the joy of giving.
10. Drop off treats for fire department, police station or other emergency responders in your community
We are supported by many in our community who keep us safe. Remember them this holiday season with homemade or store bought treats. It will bring joy to you and those you meet.
What are your holiday traditions? It takes just a few minutes of planning, a spot on your calendar and communication with your family to share the joy of holiday traditions.
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