Family traditions are a fun way to keep Holidays unique and memorable. Below are the best ways my family has found to make sure our Holidays are family centered and fun for everyone!
Create a Holiday Scrapbook as a family.
This is a fun way for the whole family to keep track of every Holiday season. Buy a scrapbook that is dedicated only to Christmas celebrations. Each year, take photos of your family decorating and celebrating. On Christmas night, you can then print and paste any pictures you have taken that Christmas. Then, the following year, and every year after, you can reminisce over past years and add new memories.
1. Have Mom and Dad write down memories and quotes from the celebrations.
2. Have children color and put stickers on the pages.
25 Holiday Books.
This tradition must begin on December 1st and continue through to Christmas. Each night, you or your children can choose a Holiday book to read before bed. I recommend reading all Holiday books, including Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, this will allow your children to become familiar with other traditions, as well as their own. I recommend using your library as a resource so you do not spend a fortune on Holiday books.
Friday Christmas Movie Night.
My family typically does Movie nights on Fridays. However, in the month of December, we only watch Holiday movies. Our favorites are The Santa Claus and Home Alone. A fun way to spice up this tradition is to buy a stack of Christmas DVDs and wrap them up. Then, every Friday night, let your children unwrap the movie of the night. This is a great way to build your Christmas DVD selection and make a great build up to Christmas day gifts!
1. Start the night with fun family movies, such as, The Grinch and Home Alone. Then choose a more adult flick for the second option, so that the children fall asleep.
Bake Christmas Cookies.
Baking Christmas cookies is a wonderful way to spend Christmas Eve. Not only can you cook for Santa and yourselves, but you could deliver cookies to neighbors or family members. This will instill the spirit of giving.
25 Days of Decorations.
My family and I usually decorate our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. However, last year we decided to make numbers for each day of December leading to Christmas. We made 25 numbers and decorated each. We then punched holes and strung ribbon to make them into ornaments. Then, every night, we hung the date on the tree. It was our way of keeping track of how close we were to Christmas day!!
1. Laminate the numbers you make, so that they do not tear and can be used each year.
Christmas Eve in Jammies.
My family and I spend Christmas Eve in our jammies. We snuggle by the tree and fire in the cutest Christmas jammies we can find. My husband and I buy each other and the kids jammies. At night, we get all snugly and take pictures of our Christmas Eve spent in our jammies.
Make Your Own Christmas Song.
A fun way to get the whole family in the spirit on Christmas eve is to create your own version of Jingle Bells. Each family member can add a line. For instance, Mommy can say “Dashing across the room, to keep the toys put away,” and a child may add, “cause I make a mess, each and every day.” Then all sing “Ohhh, Jingle Bells!” Keep it to the same tune, and just have fun with it!
What are your favorite family traditions?