10 Holiday Traditions to Start with Your Kids
Family Traditions are Important
I really love this time of year. When December rolls around my house is filled with Christmas music and excitement about the upcoming Holidays. It’s not just Christmas that makes it exciting, it’s the days leading up to Christmas as well. The small things and traditions that we start with our families will bring joy to everyone for years to come. That’s what makes the holiday season so wonderful. Below are 10 of my favorite holiday traditions. These are traditions geared towards family and kids to help everyone feel the spirit of Christmas.
1. Sing Christmas songs together. You don’t have to go caroling in the neighborhood (although that would be great as well), the main idea here is to take some time out of your busy schedule, play some Christmas music and sing together. Of course it doesn’t hurt to have hot chocolate after you are finished with your singing.
2. Make cookies and decorate them. One of my children’s favorite things to do at Christmas time is to make a big batch of cookies, cut into all sorts of shapes, frost them and decorate them with candy and sprinkles. We make enough to give to friends, neighbors and of course some for Santa.
3. String popcorn. For some reason this is such a fun thing to do for kids (if they are old enough). We put on Christmas music (or a good Holiday movie) and make loads and loads of popcorn to string, and then whatever strings of popcorn we didn’t end up eating go up on the tree.
4. Make homemade ornaments. The following is a link to the recipe for some wonderful homemade ornaments.
5. Host a cookie exchange party. Make 2-3 dozen of your favorite holiday cookies and invite friends to bring the same. Everyone leaves with 2-3 dozen cookies (not their own). It’s a fun way to share goodies and get together with friends.
6. Go see some Christmas lights. Our town has a light festival that we walk through every year, the lights really get us into the Christmas spirit. If you don’t have something like that, there are usually neighborhoods that are all decked out in holiday lights. Take the kids for a drive through the lights.
7. Have a Christmas movie marathon night. Collect your favorite Christmas movies and make goodies, and don’t forget the hot cider or hot chocolate. This is a good excuse to stay out of the cold weather all day :)!
8. Make a gift basket to donate. Get the kids involved and make goodies, put small gifts (i.e. socks, mittens, warm hats and any other winter items) and take it to your local homeless shelter. This is the season of giving and this teaches the kids to get involved as well.
9. Go see Santa. Don’t forget to take the kids to see Santa, there is something magical about being able to see Santa (even if they don’t want to get a picture on his lap).
10. Have a holiday tea party with your kids. Again get out the Christmas music, more goodies of course, and have a nice relaxing tea party (except of course the 2 year old throwing the teacup, but that’s all part of the fun right?).
Year after Year
The best part about traditions is that your family can look forward to them each year. It helps make memories and reminds everyone why we love the holidays. Whether or not you implement some or any of the traditions your read above, spend some quality time with your family and remember that’s what the holidays are all about. Happy Holidays!