Christmas Traditions to Make this Season More Memorable
Are you looking for a more magical and special Christmas this year? Then you have come to the right place. Christmas is such a wonderful time of year but many times we get so caught up in the stresses of the holiday that we forget what is so important about this holiday in the first place. While it is fun to open presents and have a break from work, now is the time to make wonderful, long lasting memories with your family. Incorporating some great traditions this holiday with your family will not only help everyone reconnect again but can also bring that extra special touch to the season. Here are some of the best family traditions you should start doing this year.
- Giving Back. The family that gives together sticks together. Having a tradition where you and your family plan an activity that involves giving back to the community not only helps teach your children about compassion and empathy, it is also a great way to spend time with one another. There are so many charitable ideas that you can do as a family that can range from something small like baking cookies and handing them out to your neighbors to a little bigger opportunities like working at a soup kitchen or helping out at a homeless shelter. It is important that we celebrate the act of giving because it is what the season is truly about.
- Step up your Advent Calendar. Many Advent calendar’s out there will have chocolate that you can eat per day or a small gift kids can receive as a special treat to countdown to Christmas. To make this year extra special, instead of these treats, put ideas for small activities to do each day. They can range from baking cookies, watching a Christmas movie or going out for a drive to see everyone’s Christmas lights. Children get a kick out of finding out what special activity they get to do that day and this helps put everyone into the holiday mood.
- Christmas Eve Traditions. It’s the night before Christmas and everyone is excited in anticipation for tomorrow. Instead of being couch potatoes and watching TV, a great way to spend some time with your family is shut off all electronic devices and break out the games. You can pull out traditional games such a Monopoly but what is really fun is breaking out a yard game such as Rollors. This game is great to play where ever you have space as it can be played on any surface. It is easy to learn and great for children of all ages. It is a great game to get up and move with.
- Ornament Time Capsules. This is a great tradition to start and you will be thankful for the all the memories you get to preserve. Each child writes down their favorite things that happened this year and what they are thankful for. Then you roll up the scroll of paper and put in a clear ornament with the year decorated on it along with the child’s name. You will have wonderful memories to hang on the Christmas tree each year. It will be fun to look at past years memories!