The leaves are falling, the candy is flowing and the holidays are almost here! Its that time of year when kids are writing their holiday wish lists, families are finalizing their winter vacation itineraries, and sharing grandma’s most famous recipes with the kids. No matter what kind of holiday you celebrate it’s the season of giving, sharing and spending quality time together. Keeping traditions alive in your family is a great way to maintain a strong bond, but building traditions together is also a wonderful way to make the season a little brighter!
Here is a list of a few of our favorite holiday traditions that you and your family may enjoy, embrace or share with others!
- Share family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Make or bake foods that reflect your family’s culture together or add that one secret ingredient that really gives it a personal twist.
- Build a Gingerbread house, complete with gumdrops, candy canes and sprinkles! The candy decorations go on and on. Wilton.com has some awesome decorating tips and ideas
- Keep a decorative Nutcracker handy for fun snacking!
Home Decorating and Around the Home:
- Go to a tree farm, or go to the person selling trees on the corner of ‘Holly’ and ‘Jolly’ and bring home the perfect Christmas tree!
- Bonus!: Go to the craft store and buy blank ornaments and some decorating supplies and add a touch of family creativity this year, or every year!
- Use an Advent Calendar to count down the days until Christmas. There are a variety of different types of calendars from burning candles to little boxes of trinkets, or chocolate prizes.
- Read Holiday books before bed or designate one night a week to watch Holiday movie favorites like “The Christmas Story”, “Home Alone” or “Elf”!
Giving Back for the Season of Giving
- Start a food drive in your neighborhood or school that collects non perishable cans and boxes to give to a food bank or local shelter.
- Go through closets and drawers as a family to donate gently used clothing including coats, gloves, hats, and scarves and give them to a local shelter or Salvation Army/Good Will.
- Volunteer your time at a Soup Kitchen to hand out food to families in need or Senior Citizen Centers and get to know the residents who would love company during the holidays!
The tradition lists go on and on, but what better year to start a new tradition than this year! So keep on writing those letters to Santa, opening that one present on Christmas Eve, or Singing Along to Holiday Songs, but it’s never too late to build your own family tradition!