Holiday Traditions You Can Start This Year

Plaid pajama set on Royce: Target

 

The holidays are here and I couldn’t be happier! I mean, who doesn’t like walking into stores decked out with glitter, lights, and humming along to Christmas music? One of my favorite things to do is go to the mall and see the giant Christmas tree and Santa Clause in front- that’s a big tradition for many families, and I plan to take Royce this year too!

I want to start a few traditions because we didn’t really do any when I was younger, so I always felt like I was missing out. I want the holidays to be a time where my family comes together and has something to look forward to every year. It’s really important to set aside time to bringing your family closer whether it’s around the holidays or not.

I will tell you that one of my family’s traditions will NOT be elf on a shelf. For one, the elf kind of creeps me out… and two, I don’t think I’d remember to move him every day!

If you’re like me and need some creative ideas for holiday traditions besides making a gingerbread house, here’s a few that your family will enjoy:

  1. 25 days of giving – For the days of December leading up to Christmas, do something nice for someone each day. It has to be something you wouldn’t NORMALLY do. For example, opening a door for a woman (or a man) doesn’t count. Aim to buy someone’s coffee, take on someone else’s chores, shovel the snow for your neighbor, leave a snack for the UPS/USPS/FedEx delivery person, etc. I’m sure you are even more clever than me! Have each member of your family write down what they did for someone else each night and discuss.
  2. Sponsor/adopt another child – This is the first year I’m doing this and I’m really pumped! A local shelter has hundreds of children whose parents can’t afford to get them gifts, so we have taken on that child’s list and are trying to get them everything they are asking from Santa! I love being able to give back to my community and make sure a child has a very merry Christmas.
  3. Movie & game night – Ever want to do something fun but didn’t want to spend the money? Put on your favorite pajamas, grab a bowl of popcorn, and watch a holiday classic! I love Home Alone and the Polar Express and they’re great for the whole family. Movie marathons don’t work for many families because someone will get antsy after the second or simply doesn’t like the movie choice, so opt for a board game after the movie!
  4. Out with the old & in with the new – Feel like your house doesn’t have room for your children’s new clothes and toys? Now is the time to purge! Ask your children which toys they no longer love, and donate them to a child in need!
  5. Christmas church services – Getting young children to love going to church can be difficult. The holidays is the perfect time to introduce them to church again or find the church you love. Most services around this time will be more fun and interactive for the them making them want to keep coming back. It’s also a great way to start a new year resolution of attending and being involved in the church more!

 

Don’t forget to look at my holiday gift guide, and let me know what your favorite traditions are!

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