When people say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, they aren’t lying. You hear stories about people coming together to help one another, you see people giving back to the community, people often have a pep in their step, and even though you may hate hanging up those Christmas lights, they bring a smile to your face whenever you see them.
But one thing you don’t see during your trips to the toy stores or standing in line at the Post Office is the holiday traditions. It is said that traditions are important because they create a strong family bond and life-long memories. Not sure what traditions you should start? Here are ten traditions to begin:
Christmas movie surprises
Wrap up some of the Christmas movies you already own. Sit down with your family and pick a movie out of the pile. Unwrap and watch it.
Put together a night before Christmas box
Put together a box of items you can use to prepare for the arrival of Santa. Consider items like snacks, pajamas, movies, games, and anything else that promises a fun evening.
Send a letter or card of gratitude
A lot of people protect this country, and they would love to hear from you. Visit Operation Gratitude for more information on how you can send soldiers, veterans, and first responders thank yous.
Create Christmas hope notes
Before you put the stockings away, have each member of your family write a note about something they hope will happen before next Christmas. Wait until Christmas day the following year to read and share the notes.
Get out the paints, glitter, and whatever else you need to make the perfect Christmas crafts. Surf Pinterest for craft ideas the whole family can enjoy. Leading up to Christmas, schedule a craft night with your friends and family.
Get a new ornament every year
Find an ornament every year that has special meaning to your family. Whether you snag one from a vacation you enjoyed, see one that memorializes a special moment or even just one from your favorite show, you will add something special to your tree annually. You can even grab a Sharpie and write on it the year you purchased it.
Do you have recipes you have to make every Christmas? Maybe you’re the only one that can make it the way you do? Instead of letting that recipe disappear, gather your children or close family members and bake the item together. This will create lasting memories and a fondness for the special dish.
Since Christmas brings new presents and toys, go through your home and find at least one item per family member to donate to a local charity. Giving back to the community not only makes you feel good, but it also is a great way to celebrate the gift of the holiday season.
Make a gingerbread house
Creating a gingerbread house has never been easier. So many stores sell kits, so all you have to do is the fun part. Grab a kit and spend the night decorating the house. Try your best to keep the candy on the house and out of your mouth.
Send out Christmas cards
In this day and age, everything is so digital we have almost forgotten how nice it is to receive something in the mail. So to fight the digital takeover, grab some cards and handwrite a message to your loved ones.
Now it’s your turn to share some of your Christmas traditions with us on our social media pages. Merry Christmas everyone!
Post Written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Strategist