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Popular Family Christmas Traditions

Updated on December 28, 2015

Christmas Traditions

Christmas is a time of celebrating everything that is good and happy. Memories are made and love is shared all across the world. Many families have a few traditions that they follow every year and most people have a fond memory that they can share of the joyous season.

If you are looking to create a few memories of your own, especially if you have a young family who is just starting to build those memories, there are a number of traditions that you can start along with the ones that you are already familiar with from growing up yourself.

Elf on the Shelf

This is one of the cutest traditions, in my opinion. If you aren’t familiar with this, here is a little background on the idea. Elf on the Shelf is based on a book that is usually accompanied by an elf doll, which can either be a boy or a girl. Your kids will have the joy of naming their elf and you will get to decide if it is a naughty elf or a nice elf.

Your elf watches your kids during the day and makes a nightly journey to Santa to report on their behavior. When he returns, he either does something nice or something naughty. Usually, the naughtiness involves making a small mess, like spilling a bit of flour on the counter, or appearing in a different location than he was the night before. Your little ones will know that he has done his job because he has moved location throughout the night.

Fun Ideas for Elf on the Shellf

Give To Others


Give Back to Others

Another popular tradition during the Christmas season is giving back to others who are less fortunate than you. Christmas is the time for happiness and caring about one another. This is a creative and fun way of teaching your children the importance of being thankful for giving thanks as well.

There are a number of ways you can choose to give something back, but some of the most popular are providing meals for the less fortunate, volunteering as a family at a soup kitchen, donating to a toy drive or choosing an angel from an angel tree. Regardless of the method that you choose, you should know that you are helping others who are in need and teaching valuable life lessons to your children along the way.

Christmas Traditions


Have a Family Meal

Spending time together as a family is an important part of the holiday spirit. By planning a large meal together, you can connect with family and catch up on the things that you have missed throughout the year. It is a great time to enjoy a family reunion or visit relatives that you would not normally get to see on a regular basis.

Family meals do not require anything elaborate and fancy. Many families cook large meals together, others cater in food and there are even those families who choose simpler routes, such as pizza to enjoy together. The importance in the family meal is not necessarily the food that you eat, but the time that you spend together as a family.

See the Lights

One of the most beautiful traditions that appear around the Christmas season is the act of decorating homes and parks with Christmas lights. There are usually large displays in nearby areas as well as many homes that decorate in celebration of the season. Taking the time to drive through these areas is fun for kids of all and will draw you together as a family.

You may even feel like decorating your own home and, if this is the case, decorating it together can make for a fun adventure with your family. This is also a great tradition that you can choose to add to annually or keep it just the same. You will have fun by rearranging your decorations each year or by recreating the same look every year; the choice is up to you.

Lots of Lights to See


Christmas is a time of year that is all about traditions and making memories together. You should try to keep it as memorable for your kids because it is one of the major areas of their lives that they will remember as they grow up. Try to make it more about the true reason for the season rather than about the gifts. The true meaning of Christmas is important to each and every one of us and we should all work harder to incorporate it into our daily lives as much as we can.


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