Christmas Tradition Ideas
Whether you are just starting out or you’ve been your celebrating together for years, it is never too late to start some Christmas traditions. There is something magical about this time of year that makes us want to make lasting memories with our family. My own small family have several yearly Christmas traditions that make each any every holiday season special in their own way. I thought I would share some ideas that are easy and inexpensive to add to your December.
Buy a New Ornament
Every year buy a new ornament to put on the tree. Try to find something that has some meaning to the year. A new baby, a holiday, a big promotion for example. After a few years you will have a tree full of happy memories. We started this with our own kids years ago so that by the time they move out they will have decorations for a tree in their own house.
Visit a Christmas Market
Even if you don’t buy anything there is something so festive about sipping hot chocolate and checking out the amazing talents that are on display. It’s also a great spot for inspiration. You may just come home with an idea for decorating or baking that you can do yourself.
Read a Christmas Story Together
In our house it is pretty much always A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I like this one because we can get through it in an afternoon and so usually the first Sunday in December it comes out and I read it to the kids. I happen to think that it is important to do different voices and add some dramatic flair but of course you don’t have to.
Donate To a Charity
You can do this in any way that you want really but try to make it a family affair. Have the kids go through their toys and take their choices to a donation site. Have them help you pick out the groceries to take to a shelter. Let them pick a toy to donate to a hospital. Even if you plan to give cash why not ask the kids to put a few of their own pennies. Spreading love is the best way to change the world and I definitely want my kids to be generous and kind and we have to teach them how.
Have a Christmas Movie Marathon
Maybe make it the last Saturday before Christmas where you binge all your favourite Christmas movies. Stay in your pyjamas all day and make some of the family’s preferred holiday treats and enjoy a sappy seasonal film fest.
See The Lights
There are often special light displays that you could take the family to but just walking the neighbourhood after dark is pretty beautiful at this time of year. Make your kids the judges and have them pick their favourite display and take a home baked treat to the neighbour who won.
One Present On Christmas Eve
In our family it is always a new pair of pyjamas but I have heard of a new book or a movie or a game to play together. I like some combination of them because who doesn’t like hanging out in new pyjamas watching a movie or playing a game as a family?
My sister in law recently told me that Christmas is my calling in life. I am not sure exactly how I can turn that into a career but I admit that it is my favourite time of year. I love going all out to spread a little Christmas cheer and I think that all Christmas traditions should be about bringing a little more love into your home and into the world around us.
A very Merry Christmas from my home to yours!