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Christmas Decorating Tradition Ideas

Updated on May 29, 2011

Are you looking to establish a few Christmas decorating traditions? If you want the act of preparing your home for the holidays to become a focal point of the season for your family, consider establishing one or more traditions that everyone can participate in.


3 Ideas for Christmas Decorating Traditions

1. Establish an Annual Christmas Decorating Day

Set aside a day to put up your Christmas decorations every year and encourage the entire family to participate. Pick a certain time – like the day after Thanksgiving, December 1 or the first Friday night in December – to put up your Christmas tree or decorate the outside of your home and make it a standard holiday decorating appointment in your home.

Choose any time that makes sense for your family’s preferences and schedule. When you do this isn’t what’s important; the fact that this becomes a focal point of the holiday season for your family is what matters. Over time, the day you set aside for holiday decorating will become something that your family members come to look forward to each year.

2. Start an Ornament Tradition

Establish a Christmas ornament tradition that has special meaning for your family. There are several ways to approach starting this type of holiday decorating tradition. You could allow family members to take turns placing the first ornament on the tree on a rotating basis from year to year. You could add a new keepsake ornament to your holiday tree each year. You may even want to set up a second tree in the play room that is decorated solely with handcrafted ornaments made by the kids.

The possibilities are endless. Choose an activity that the members of your family will enjoy and you’ll establish warm family Christmas memories that can last a lifetime.

3. Start a Meal Tradition for Decorating

Food and drinks are certainly strongly associated with the Christmas season. Why not establish a special food and beverage tradition associated with decorating for the holidays in your home.

There’s no reason that Christmas Eve or Christmas Day have to be the only family-oriented meal events during the holidays. Consider starting a meal tradition for your family members to enjoy during the event of decorating the house for the holidays.

Consider making a few favorite finger foods, a big pot of hearty beef stew, and some hot spiced tea or wassail for your family members to enjoy together while decking the halls. Or, if you’re looking for something that doesn’t require any work on your part, order takeout pizza. What you eat doesn’t matter; the idea is to start a tradition that your family can look forward to from year to year.

What Ideas Do You Have?

What Christmas decorating tradition ideas do you have? Please share your tips and suggestions in the comments section below!


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    pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

    Since my son is an adult and lives in another state I've started a new tradition without kids. Now my husband and I to come up with different color and themes yearly.

    It creates a fun atmosphere without the ho-hum it's Christmas let's get this over with attitude. Great ideas displayed here. Peace to you and yours.

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    Mary White 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    We always set aside a day to create gingerbread houses in our family. I have 4 kids, ranging in ages from 7-13. Lots of candy and frosting makes for a great afternoon.

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    Diffugere_nives 7 years ago

    Great ideas, my daughter gets excited when it's coming time to put up our tree, in fact she's already been on about since about late September! We always put our decorations up on the 1st with a particular Christmas music album playing, then we sit down to watch my daughter's favourite Christmas show. We've never considered adding a meal to the tradition, think we'll try that this year! thanks