Some of my favorite Christmas memories involve the different traditions that my family continues each year. So, whether you don’t currently have a Christmas tradition and want to start one with your family, or you already have a bunch but want to start more, these ideas will be sure to inspire you.
1. 12 Days of Giving
Though this is something that should be done all year round, it is especially important during this time of year. After all, Christmas isn’t Christmas without good cheer and giving to those who are less fortunate. To celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, do one thing each day that gives back to others. You could volunteer your time at a food bank or soup kitchen, start a canned food drive in your neighborhood, spend time at a local nursing home, or deliver meals to your local police department so that they can enjoy a home-cooked holiday meal while on duty. The ideas are endless, but they all have one thing in common: putting a smile on the face of someone who needs it.
2. Christmas Tree Camping
This is a type of camping that even the least nature-loving family can enjoy. The best part is that you don’t need to spend any money on this tradition. Do you have blankets and pillows? Good. Do you have your house decorated and your tree lit? Even better. Set up camp in front of your Christmas tree for the night. Add your own personal touch by enjoying holiday snacks, reading Christmas stories, or making your own holiday decorations. You really can’t go wrong with this one.
3. Thankful Christmas Countdown
Instead of a typical advent calendar, consider a Christmas countdown with a twist. Whether you have kids or not, this is a great way to reflect on your life and realize all of the amazing things that you’re thankful for. An easy and festive way to do this is to make a Christmas tree and ornaments out of paper, or whatever other material you have on hand. Each day, write down one thing that you are thankful for on one of the ornaments, then glue or tape the ornaments to the tree. Hang it up somewhere around the house and you have yourself a handmade, meaningful Christmas decoration and the start of a new tradition!
4. Cookie Party
You may have heard of this type of party before, but if you haven’t taken part in one, you’re missing out! One fun and delicious Christmas tradition to start is organizing your own cookie-baking party. You can invite your family, friends, neighbors, or even that creepy guy that hangs out in front of the local grocery store. The more the merrier! Have everyone bring their favorite Christmas or holiday cookie recipe, grab a bottle of wine or three, and get baking. When the cookies are finished, you can trade them amongst each other so you all have a few of each kind. That is, if you don’t eat them all in the baking process!
5. Prediction Jar
On Christmas, have everyone in your family write down something that they think will happen in the next year. It can be something in their own lives or in someone else’s life. Place all of the predictions in a jar and seal it. Next Christmas, open the jar, read the predictions aloud, and see which ones came true. Repeat this each year. This is such a unique way to get everyone involved and to see how one year can change so many things.
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