Christmas and the celebration of it are all about traditions. Christmas in most households is the best time of the year. People are happy and generous, most of the time, and you can feel the festivity and goodwill in the air.
While you might have older family traditions that you focus on every year, you probably would like to add some new ones to the holiday. In this blog, you can find a few Christmas traditions to start this holiday season and continue on through the generations, some are simple, some a little more complicated but all will be a joy to honor.
Take a Trip
While this one isn’t all that traditional, if you want to get away for the holidays, taking a trip to somewhere new and exciting can be a great new tradition. Travel to New York, for example, where there are tons of activities to keep you and the family busy right up until Christmas. Heading there for New Year’s Eve is always a good time as well. Of course, if you’re more of a traditionalist and prefer hearth and home during Christmas, there are other traditions on this list as well.
Send Christmas ECards Instead
With the move towards being more eco-friendly, sending regular, old-fashioned Christmas cards through the mail just doesn’t make sense anymore. Start a new tradition of sending electronic holiday greeting cards instead. This will not only be a great new tradition that will reduce your carbon footprint, but it’s also a great way to teach your children about saving the planet as well. Plus you can send these at the last minute and no one will know you forgot to go to the post office for stamps.
A Book A Day
Reading Christmas books during the holiday season is a time-honored tradition, but there are always new ones that come out that children will love. Find a few of those books, or classics as well, wrap them and put them under the tree. Start unwrapping one a day and reading it together as a family until Christmas Day. You may want to wrap them in their own specific wrapping paper, however, so that they don’t get mixed in with other presents. This is a fun tradition that can be carried on for years, with your list of Christmas books growing all of the time.
Christmas Movie Marathons
Cuddling up on the couch in front of the fire to watch Christmas movies with the family as to be one of the best parts of Christmas. Try adding a movie marathon to your family traditions during the holiday season. Pop some popcorn, make some hot cocoa, get into your pajamas and make a whole day of watching the classics and some new Christmas movies as well. It’s the perfect bonding time for families and a great holiday tradition as well.
Many families already take part in this holiday tradition, but some don’t know where to start getting involved. Whether it’s volunteering as a bell ringer in the grocery or serving at the local homeless shelter, volunteering during the holidays is extremely important. It teaches your children that not everyone is as fortunate as they are during the holidays, nor do they get gifts or sit down to a huge Christmas dinner. Volunteering is the right thing to do and it will make you and your family feel great during the most celebrated season of the year. Do a little digging to see who needs help in your area and take the first step by calling them and asking what you can do.
These are just a few of the best holiday traditions to add to your list this upcoming season. From volunteering to help others less fortunate than you to Christmas movie marathons and reading a book a day, there are many, many traditions to add to your family to make your Christmas merry, joyful, and bright. Merry Christmas, everyone!
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