Most families have their go-to traditions that they engage in year after year. If you’re looking for new Christmas traditions for your family, start the season off merry and bright with some of these festive, fun ideas.
Write letters to Santa. If you haven’t already, adopt an Elf on the Shelf who can get letters to Santa at lightening speed! You can shrink your letters and keep them as holiday keepsakes to hang on your tree.
Visit a tree farm. Start your family’s holiday festivities off right by bundling up and heading to a local Christmas tree farm to search for the perfect tree. Many tree farms offer hayrides, sleigh rides, and other family-friendly activities.
Trim the tree together. Your Christmas tree is your home’s focal point so deck it out in style and take turns hanging favorite ornaments on the tree.
Start an ornament collection. Capture memories in the form of special ornaments with names and dates that grow your collection each year.
Make a tree garland. The garland can be as simple as construction paper rings kids can easily make, or a more ornate garland created with pinecones and silk poinsettias hot-glued to twine.
Set up a Christmas Eve hot cocoa bar. Instead of just serving everyone a mug of cocoa, set up a hot-cocoa station complete with mini marshmallows, whipped cream, colored sprinkles, candy canes, cookies and more.
Go see holiday lights. Whether your house is aglow in holiday lights or you prefer to let others do the outdoor decorating, pick a night where you all pack in the car and drive around to see the dazzling displays in your neighborhood.
Bake cookies with the kids. Invite family and friends over for a BYOCC (bring your own cookie cutters) holiday baking party. Kids love pressing out the shapes and decorating the finished cookies.
Wear matching PJs. Start a Christmas Eve tradition where you all open up one special gift – coordinating pajamas and start the holiday off right.
Pose for a picture. Try taking the pictures at the same location each year, and watch everyone grow.
Give back. Make others’ lives merry and bright during the Christmas season. Some fun ideas for giving back – wrap gifts to help kids who need it have a happier holiday season. Volunteer at your local homeless shelter or senior living community.
From our family to ours, we hope your holidays are merry and bright, shared with those you love.