Are you on the hunt for some fun holiday traditions to start with your family? I have fond memories of holiday traditions we used to have when I was a little girl. Now that I have my own family, I’ve started many new traditions and kept some of the old ones as well. I’d love to share a few classic and fun holiday traditions to give you some ideas for your own family!
1. Getting a Real Tree
One of the most fun holiday traditions I remember as a child was getting to pick out a real Christmas tree each year! Something about finding the “perfect” tree always appeals to kids. The smell of pine needles in your home will also be one more aspect of Christmas to love!
2. Specific Gifts Each Year
My mother has several gifts she always buys each year for my siblings and myself in addition to our other presents. Some of the things she gets us each year include a Christmas book, an ornament, and new pajamas. Having a few gifts that we knew about was fun, in addition to the suspense for our other packages under the tree.
3. Christmas Eve Routine
Start a Christmas Eve routine. It could include getting ready for bed in new Christmas PJs, reading a Christmas story, and watching a Christmas movie with hot chocolate and popcorn. Then tuck your children into bed with the promise of an exciting morning to follow!
4. Go Caroling
Christmas caroling is an old and rather quaint tradition, but it always warms my heart to hear carolers! Even if you don’t have much of a singing voice, you could still hum along and just have fun. Grabbing some cousins and aunts or uncles to take along will add to the fun and merriment of it all.
5. Make a Gingerbread House
Who doesn’t love a good piece of gingerbread on a snowy day? It’s even more fun if the gingerbread came from a little house you got to put candy and icing on! Kids love gingerbread houses, and they do make a pretty table centerpiece. You can make one from scratch or buy the kit and take the easy route!
6. Christmas Candy Countdown
One way to help small kids understand the countdown to Christmas is by having a Christmas candy countdown jar! Starting December 1st, add 25 pieces of candy to a jar and then each day your child gets to eat one. When the candy is all gone, that’s how they know it’s Christmas day!
7. Read Holiday Books
Start a collection of Christmas books to read every December. Kids love being read to, and it will be a nice bedtime routine. Choose some classic Christmas books like The Polar Express and then add a few fun and quirky books along the way.
8. Start a Christmas Village
One of my absolute favorite parts of Christmas is setting up my Christmas Village. There’s just something about those tiny little lighted houses and fake snow that makes me feel cozy inside. Choose a new piece to add to your collection every year!
9. Mini Trees for Each Child
Let each of your kids have a mini tree to decorate every year. You can buy mini ornaments for them to use. Your child will delight in having her “own” tree, and it’s a good way to keep little curious hands off the “big” tree with breakables and sentimental ornaments.
Holiday traditions are fun for kids and adults alike! Which traditions on my list do you plan to start this year? Please comment below and share your own holiday traditions, I love to hear from my readers!