Creating Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is really the most wonderful time of the year. Who doesn’t love gathering close with friends and family they haven’t seen in so long? For many, this will be the first time they’ve seen the ones they care about since the last holiday season, so these moments should be cherished.

When you think back to all of the amazing memories you have from when you were kid, you probably don’t think of the gifts you got or the days you slept in until noon on break from school; instead, you are probably reminded of all the great traditions your family participated in during the season. For some, holiday traditions were their favorite part of the entire year growing up, and certainly the things they remember most clearly as they grew older.

If you’re family already has traditions you participate in during the holidays, great! Keep them up for years to come. If you don’t have any traditions, or are looking to start a couple this year, here is a list of some great ideas:

− Watch a holiday-themed movie after Thanksgiving dinner
− Drive through a light garden
− Bake gingerbread cookies
− Make a house out of candy
− Build a fire and roast marshmallows while drinking hot chocolate
− Buy gifts for a family in need
− Volunteer at a soup kitchen
− Go see Santa at the mall
− Decorate the house/tree as a family
− Go watch a play, like “The Nutcracker” or “A Christmas Carol”
− Sing carols at the local elderly home
− Use an advent calendar to count down the days to Christmas
− Write a letter to Santa
− Go to midnight mass
− Do a family “white elephant” gift exchange
− Bring someone into your home that doesn’t have a family to spend the holidays with
− Take the same picture with the family every year and see how everyone grows up
− Make an ornament
− Cook a nice meal and share it with a less-fortunate family

Remember, it’s only a tradition if you do it every year. Pick one or a couple of these, and commit to doing them every year. Just watch as a simple idea transforms into some of the best memories with your family that you’ll ever have!

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