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Create Your Own Holiday Traditions: Christmas Memories that Last

Updated on December 16, 2019
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Michele loves Christmas! Most years the tree stays up until the spring! Allow her to share her passion with you in her holiday articles!

Take charge this holiday season and create all new traditions this year!
Take charge this holiday season and create all new traditions this year! | Source

Rejoicing with your family can be such an adventure during the holidays! It's easy to keep memories alive if you have special family traditions to celebrate.

Make this holiday one-of-a-kind with traditions like cruising to see houses with awesome Christmas lights on display or playing in the fresh snow, making angels, having snowball fights, or building a snowman.

#1 Holiday Decorating

Decorating is the art by which families display how much they really care about Christmas.

All the hard work pays off in beautiful bounds of joy
All the hard work pays off in beautiful bounds of joy | Source

Christmas Decorating Outdoors

Make a choice on which type of decor you wish to show off. Outshine your neighbors by displaying beautiful lights on your home! Keep your outside lights neat with a minimalist approach. Don't forget to incorporate wreaths and garland in the outdoor decor.

Outshine your neighbors this year, or show simplicity with just a single strand of lights.
Outshine your neighbors this year, or show simplicity with just a single strand of lights. | Source

Another way to decorate outdoors is to focus on distinct Christmas themes like reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh, snowflakes, and plenty of greenery. This house has something for everyone.

Add your own signature pieces like a nativity, Santa's village, and/or inflatables of cartoon characters or a snowmen family.

Bring the holiday spirit to your neighbors or even your town when they cruise by to see Christmas lights.

People will experience the joy of remembering why we celebrate Christmas when they drive by and see your beautiful lawn.

Christmas Decorating Indoors

Add a small Christmas tree decorated in different themes in each additional room.

Pick silver and purple ornaments, tinsel, beads, bows, and a silver star on a little tree to make your "purple and silver" Christmas tree.

Buy blue little ornament balls, gold tinsel, gold beads, blue ornaments, and a golden angel for a "gold and blue" Christmas tree.

It may be a lot of work to buy, decorate, and store three feet tall trees for each room, but when the holiday comes around, the beauty of it all will be worth it.

Save the strength it takes to decorate a big tree, and go small!
Save the strength it takes to decorate a big tree, and go small! | Source

Consider buying a real tree if you never have. Decorate it with memorable decorations from your children. Maybe limit it to one per year per child. That way your tree won't get too full.

Find bliss in your holiday traditions this year.
Find bliss in your holiday traditions this year. | Source

Add balls, ornaments, bows, beads, and a star or angel on top. Make it beautiful to you and your family. Decorate it so well that every time you walk by it, you have to stop, stare and smile.

Here's a beautifully decorated living room that can motivate you to create a magical winter wonderland in your home.
Here's a beautifully decorated living room that can motivate you to create a magical winter wonderland in your home. | Source

Ordinate your Christmas tree with ribbon. Take your time, and think about how department stores decorate their stores’ trees. Match the colors of the ribbons, ornaments, tinsel, beads, etc. Outdo the department stores!

A Nativity Scene

Decorate your home with at least one or more nativity scenes.

A nativity scene may bring the final touch to your Christmas decor. Make it be a tradition to add to the scene yearly.
A nativity scene may bring the final touch to your Christmas decor. Make it be a tradition to add to the scene yearly. | Source

A Christmas Village

Do the same with a Christmas village. Each year buy a new piece to go with your village, and make it a tradition to do so.

To save money, don't buy your village all at once. Instead, each year buy a new piece.
To save money, don't buy your village all at once. Instead, each year buy a new piece. | Source

Christmas Stockings

Hang a special stocking for each member of the family. Make sure they know who gets which stocking if they do not already have names on them. Fill them with candy, small toys, gum, apples, oranges, nuts, lip gloss and other kinds of make-up, yo-yo's, and anything else that is inexpensive but will fit in that tiny space.

These stockings are beautiful, but if you cannot fit names on stockings, consider finding stockings with different designs on the front. This way each person will know what design his or her stocking is and can easily locate it.
These stockings are beautiful, but if you cannot fit names on stockings, consider finding stockings with different designs on the front. This way each person will know what design his or her stocking is and can easily locate it. | Source

#2 Giving and Receiving Christmas Gifts

3 Christmas Gift Exchange Ideas

#1 Buy for the Children Only

For Christmas if you have a very large family, it may be best for everyone to only buy presents for the children aged ten and under. This will greatly save on holiday shopping, considering most people still at least have to buy for their immediate family.

Bring the children joy and merriment this holiday season.
Bring the children joy and merriment this holiday season. | Source

#2 Draw Names

Another way to save money with a large family is to draw names. Have all the girls draw girl names and the boys draw boy names. Have each family draw a name from the opposite family involved in the celebration. Do this around Thanksgiving, and set a spending limit of around $25.00. This will give each person time to shop.

Also, drawing names may leave family members with a blank head, not knowing what to buy the other person. This could be true for your immediate family too. Therefore, it’s a great idea to make shopping lists or want lists.

List a few reasonably priced items that you want for Christmas, and give it to the people who are buying gifts for you. They will appreciate it, because not only do they have to rack their brains trying to figure out what to get you, but they will also know they bought you something you actually wanted for Christmas.

What gift wrapping games does your family play? Tell all in the comments section.
What gift wrapping games does your family play? Tell all in the comments section. | Source

#3 Play a game, like scavenger hunt, so that children can take more time hunting all over the house with clues you create. Then at the end let them be surprised with a big gift that wouldn't have fit under the Christmas tree. What a story to tell later on and what fun!

Gifting - Who does something special?

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Tradition of How to Open Christmas Gifts

Consider letting everyone open one gift on Christmas eve. This is especially fun if each person has a ton of gifts to open on Christmas morning.

To enjoy the holiday longer than expected and to ensure that each person’s gift is seen by all of the other members of the family, gifts can be opened in a circle.

Each person can open a gift one at a time. After one person opens his or her gift and shows it off to everyone, the next person in the circle can then do the same.

It is a fun way of opening gifts, and it builds the anticipation until each person's turn comes up in the circle.

#3 Celebrating Everything Santa

Santa is a special gift for children. As proof that he came on Christmas eve, the “big” Santa gifts aren’t under the tree until Christmas morning. All of the children should have to go into the living room at the same time to see the treats Santa brought.

Don't forget to save milk and cookies for Santa and his reindeer.
Don't forget to save milk and cookies for Santa and his reindeer. | Source

The cookies and milk they left for him the night before should be touched. A bite out of a cookie and a few drinks of milk are proof that he enjoyed his treats.

Every bit helps when decorating for Christmas!
Every bit helps when decorating for Christmas! | Source

Santa?

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#4 Playing in the Snow

Enjoy a special traditional breakfast every Christmas morning. If there is snow, enjoy making snow angels, snow men, and throwing snow balls.

If the weather permits, use fresh snow to make a fun snowman! Experiment with different hats and other accessories.
If the weather permits, use fresh snow to make a fun snowman! Experiment with different hats and other accessories. | Source
Get ready to have some fun in the snow!
Get ready to have some fun in the snow! | Source

#5 Christmas Cooking and Baking

Christmas Dinner Ideas

  • Turkey or Ham
  • Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Stuffing or Dressing
  • Relish Tray
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Fruit and Jello Salad

Here's a picture of my grandmother ready to serve dinner on Christmas Day.
Here's a picture of my grandmother ready to serve dinner on Christmas Day. | Source

Holiday Baking

  • Sugar Cut-out Cookies
  • No Bake Cookies
  • Pumpkin or Cherry/Apple Pie
  • Gingerbread Houses

This is both challenging and fun to create. Happy baking!
This is both challenging and fun to create. Happy baking! | Source

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House Kit; Build & Decorate It Yourself, Holiday Fun Activity - Includes House Panels, 4 Types of Candies, Icing, Decorating Bag & Tip, Fondant, Bundled With(4) SEWANTA Candy Cup Holders
Gingerbread House Kit; Build & Decorate It Yourself, Holiday Fun Activity - Includes House Panels, 4 Types of Candies, Icing, Decorating Bag & Tip, Fondant, Bundled With(4) SEWANTA Candy Cup Holders
This is the gingerbread house that me and my husband decorated last Christmas. It was really fun and not too challenging, which was good because we aren't very talented when it comes to baking and art. It was just right for our needs and turned out beautifully. I strongly recommend this one for beginners!
 

#6 Playing Holiday Games or Activities

Buy a Gingerbread house kit, and make an awesome yummy Gingerbread house. Another idea is to have a contest with everyone making their own Gingerbread houses.

Play some fun board games with the family or put together and use as a family any tool that you got for Christmas like a new video camera. You can capture memories to look back on with that!

Check out holiday parades or sports events on TV on Christmas.

Christmas Caroling

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Check out the table of Christmas carols to sing next.
Check out the table of Christmas carols to sing next. | Source

The Top Christmas Songs

 
 
 
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Angels We Have Heard on High
Sleigh Ride
It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas
Silver Bells
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The 12 Days of Christmas
Jingle Bell Rock
Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
O Holy Night
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Find something that everyone will enjoy, and go for it! If too many ideas get thrown in the idea pot, write them down on paper, put them in a hat, mix them up, and draw one idea. If you finish that idea in time, you could even draw a second idea, and fill up the day. Many people are so exhausted from cooking, cleaning, wrapping gifts, getting up so early, etc., that just chilling out, and taking a nap sounds very appealing to them.

Drive around, and look at the impressive light displays at different people’s homes or at universities. Some places are famous for their Christmas light displays, showing tons of Christmas scenes lit up with beautiful lights. Take the whole family, bundle up if it’s cold, and enjoy walking around the Christmas light display a time or two. If there is a place to ice skate, rent some skates, and enjoy the sport as a family.

The Country's Top Christmas Events

A
National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace:
Washington, DC, USA

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www.visitingdc.com/neighbor/national-christmas-tree-lighting.htm. The president makes formal remarks about the ceremony as he lights the evergreen.

B
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony:
Chicago, IL, USA

get directions

www.cityofchicago.org/specialevents. Musical performances, holiday music, tree lighting, and a visit from Santa.

C
Winterfest of Lights:
Ocean City, MD, USA

get directions

www.ococean.com. Display of lights, performing song and dance, a visit from Santa, and free train rides.

D
Holidazzle Parades:
Minneapolis, MN, USA

get directions

www.macysholidazzle.com. Floats, Christmas music, celebrities, and Santa.

E
Christkindlmarkt:
Bethlehem, PA, USA

get directions

Holiday marketplace, handmade works, live Christmas music, and yummy food. Location: 645 E. First St, Bethlehem, PA, 18015

F
Coeur d'Alene Resort Holiday Light Show:
Coeur d'Alene, ID, USA

get directions

www.coeurdalene.org. 1.5 Million lights. Lake cruises, North Pole Workshop, a Musical show, and festive boat rides.

The Country's Best Light Displays

A
New York, New York:
New York, NY, USA

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B
Magical Nights of Lights:
Georgia, USA

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C
Miracle on 34th Street:
Baltimore, MD, USA

get directions

D
Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland:
Knoxville, TN, USA

get directions

E
Rockefeller Center:
New York, NY, USA

get directions

Make Christmas magical for you and your family by creating your own special family traditions!

The Country's Best Christmas Stores

A
Bronner's - World's Largest Store:
Frankenmuth, MI, USA

get directions

www.bronnors.com

B
The Incredible Christmas Place:
Pigeon Forge, TN, USA

get directions

www.christmasplace.com

C
Always Christmas in Canterbury Village:
Lake Orion, Orion Township, MI 48362, USA

get directions

www.canterburyvillage.com

D
Christmas Loft:
Shelburne, VT, USA

get directions

www.stnicks.com

What a happy moment to capture this Christmas!
What a happy moment to capture this Christmas! | Source

#7 Capturing and Sharing Precious Moments

When enjoying the festivities it's easy to forget about the most important way to save those precious moments: taking pictures! So, break out your phone and start taking tons of pictures.

You can store them in your phone to later print or just share them on Facebook. Another option is to take the images to a drug store or supermarket and have them professionally framed or have a novelty item made out of the picture.

Those items make great Christmas gifts. Consider key chains, puzzles, ornaments, or even a canvas to hang on the wall.

Don't forget your camera this holiday season to capture special memories with your family and friends.
Don't forget your camera this holiday season to capture special memories with your family and friends. | Source

Creating Your Own Christmas Traditions

These are all just suggestions. You can make your own Christmas traditions based on the ages of the members in the family, the sexes of the individuals in the family, and the habits of the family.

For example, depending on the weather, the men may want to go hunting. The women may want to go shopping. Typically, malls are open on Christmas day so that is an option.

Regardless of the holiday and who you get to share it with, make it special this year. If you can't be with your family during Christmas consider doing volunteer work. There are always volunteer opportunities especially during the holidays.

"The best portion of a man's life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love." - William Wordsworth

Unique Christmas Traditions

Do you celebrate your own holiday traditions?

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Remember to make your own traditions; whether you are just starting family traditions or have done them for years, share them with joy and love with your family. You will have some great memories to share when you do!

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  • misslong123 profile imageAUTHOR

    Michele Kelsey 

    6 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    I'm glad you enjoyed it. We just did our Christmas decorating and had so much fun! I love this season.

  • Christine Ballano profile image

    Christine 

    6 years ago from New Port Richey, Florida

    Wow. I like how you expanded on the Various Traditions. There are some i forgot about. It's nice to know there more Christmas lovers out there!

  • misslong123 profile imageAUTHOR

    Michele Kelsey 

    7 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Thank you both! I love birthdays and all, but Christmas is my favorite time of year. And my family does so many unique things that I've never heard of anyone doing. I thought I would share them, so that a new family might start some great traditions of their own. :) Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Susan 

    7 years ago from India

    Wow. Amazing hub. Feeling like christmas has arrived. All the pics are awesome. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.

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    Shariful Islam 

    7 years ago from Bangladesh

    Simply amazing the categories that were sorted in for the topic. I loved the writing also.

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