Fun Christmas Traditions To Start With Your Family
Traditions are powerful for a family. For one thing, they bring families closer together. By nature, traditions take time and commitment. This time together helps you make new memories while also remembering the past. Traditions remind us to stop the busy cycle of life long enough to reconnect and build bonds.
But the ones that are most affected by traditions are children. “Children love rituals,” says Martin V. Cohen, Ph.D., associate director of the Marital and Family Therapy Clinic at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. “Children find a certain security and solace in something that gives a sense of belonging and comfort. Kids find rituals fascinating—artistically, spiritually, and emotionally.”
They find a sense of awe in the holidays, giving them a picture not only of family bonding, but also of the importance of Christ—the celebration of His majesty. Traditions create legacy.
Here are some fun family Christmas tradition ideas;
Baking cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve is a tradition many families hold dear, but cookies are perfect anytime during the holidays. Bake cookies for friends and family and store them in decorative tins—they are tasty gifts to send home with guests and holiday visitors. Make it a family affair, and enlist the kids’ help with baking and decorating gingerbread cookies.
Hang an Annual Ornament
Purchase or let kids craft an ornament each year. You’ll be able to look back on every holiday that your family has spent together, and the tree will be filled with heirlooms that you can pass on to your kids for their future trees.
Have a Book Exchange
Time off work, time with family, time at home—it’s the perfect opportunity to do some December reading. Share the books you’ve loved this year with your family, and host a holiday book swap.
To make way for the presents Santa will bring and help children understand the importance of generosity, donate toys to an organization in your community that is collecting during the holiday season.
Feed Santa’s Reindeer
Everyone knows that Santa loves milk and cookies, but the reindeer could use a snack too. Carrots and celery are a good go-to.
Volunteer as a family at your community’s food bank this season, or find another opportunity in your town to give back together.
Have a Hot Cocoa and S’mores Night
Don’t forget the marshmallows! If it’s a cold December night, light a fire in the chimney, grab a mug of hot chocolate, and make a pile of s’mores in the kitchen.
Pick Out A Tree
Choosing and decorating a tree for the holidays is one of the most beloved of December traditions. Make a day of it—bundle up and take a trip to a tree farm to find just the right one (and get your fill of hot chocolate along the way).
See the Holiday Lights
Step one: Bundle up and pile in the car. Step two: Drive around town to look at the houses covered in holiday lights. Step three: Ooh and aah.
Throw a Holiday Party
We’re thankful for our loved ones all year long, but it’s the perfect time to let them know. Invite all of your friends, whip up the tastiest holiday recipes you can find, and enjoy the company of friends and family. Host a potluck and ask friends to bring dishes that represent their family’s traditions and cultural heritage.
Bake a Birthday Cake for Jesus
A great and fun way for kids to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Wear Matching Pajamas
For the whole family, of course. It’s a photo op waiting to happen.
Traditions are a great way to pass down family values to children who will in turn, pass them on to their children and so on.