Christmas Tradition Ideas
Want to try something different in your holiday routine? Consider these suggestions for a new Christmas tradition.
- Cut clutter by rounding up unused gifts from previous years and giving them to a worthy cause.
- Attend Christmas programs at church.
- Watch Christmas shows or movies together with hot chocolate and popcorn.
- Make decorating the tree a family event. Serve hot chocolate and play Christmas music.
- Go caroling, in a neighborhood, at a nursing home, in an apartment complex, etc.
- Go for a drive and see who wins for the best lights in town. Make an award for the winner and present it to them.
- Have the kids write and act out a Christmas play.
- Borrow new Christmas videos and books from the library.
- Make up a Christmas scavenger hunt.
- Organize a special reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas, A Christmas Carol, etc. at a local church/library/community center. Invite seniors/families. Maybe get a local store to donate some cookies or cocoa.
- Ask the local supermarket if your youth group or older kids can help carry groceries out for senior citizens. (Those turkeys are heavy!)
- Learn how different cultures celebrate Christmas, and about what people did years ago.
- Have a Christmas Past, Present and Future evening/afternoon. Get out your photo albums/scrapbooks and talk about Christmas Past, remembering those who are no longer here to share it with us; for Christmas Present, discuss what one thing makes Christmas special for each person; for Christmas Future, talk about your hopes and dreams for the coming years ahead.
- Replace the annual Christmas letter in your holiday cards with a brief letter of appreciation for the recipient.
- Create or purchase new ornaments each year for the tree. Create or shop for an ornament that reflects a defining event or sentiment for the year.
- Enjoy a Family Night with special holiday crafts or games.
- Start a Christmas-themed puzzle somewhere in your home. A puzzle table, placed in a quiet room is great for holiday visitors. Whenever your guests want to get away from the action, they can retreat to work on the puzzle. This can be a great stress reliever, and it's wonderful for those guests who always have to be busy doing something.
- Take a photo of your children standing in a particular spot each year -- in front of the tree, by the front door -- anyplace that will be consistent from year to year. Make a special holiday ornament or scrapbook album that depicts the growth and change of your family each year.
- Research the holiday traditions of your nationality. Adopt a few of these traditions into your annual celebration each year to celebrate your heritage.
- Adopt a special cause each year and spend some time as a family helping those in need, or raising or donating money for a charity of your choice.
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