Fun Holiday Traditions for Kids and Families
Work party Monday night. Class cocktail party Wednesday afternoon. Marathon gift wrapping session Friday evening. Toy store shopping Saturday morning. Holiday card writing Sunday afternoon. Phew! It’s not surprising that you rarely get to fully enjoy the holiday season with your kids amid the rush and chaos to get everything done. Instead of equating the holidays to looking for a parking spot at the mall, consider taking a new approach this season by creating some fun holiday traditions for your family. They’ll give you all something to anticipate annually.
Make someone else’s life merry and bright. Volunteer together as a family at the local community food kitchen or homeless shelter. You can also send tree-decorating supplies and cards to soldiers who are stationed overseas and away from their families over the holidays. Or, see if a meal delivery service needs help bringing meals to people who can’t leave their homes. Whatever you do, just make sure that everyone in the family gets involved and does something for those who may not have as much as you do. It will teach your children the importance of helping the less fortunate.
Watch the same holiday movie every season.
On the television show This Is Us, the Pearsons watch Police Academy 3 every Thanksgiving. Find your movie, whether it be holiday oriented or not, and watch it every season. Maybe you’re a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation kind of family, laughing at Clark Griswold’s mishaps. Or you can’t get enough of the tongue-on-the-pole scene in A Christmas Story. Pop some popcorn, grab some blankets and set aside an afternoon or evening to watch the flick as a family.
Bake for the neighbors.
Gather the gang and brainstorm a few holiday desserts, like sugar cookies or seasonally decorated cupcakes. Purchase supplies and spend an afternoon baking. Then wrap them in cellophane bags and tie with a ribbon. Distribute the finished products to neighbors or friends who live nearby. You can even give some as thank-you gifts to your kids’ teachers or those who help you throughout the year like your mail carrier.
Tour the neighborhood light displays.
Every town has some houses with a soaring electric bill in December courtesy of a massive light display. Go for a drive or walk around town to take in the brightly decorated homes. Step it up a notch by voting on the best one. Or before your journey, guess how many houses will have colored lights, blow-up displays or some other trait. Sip on hot cocoa or apple cider to add to the festive atmosphere.
Wear matching jammies.
Yes, it may sound ridiculous to all wear the same attire. But what better scene for a family photo op that’s silly yet adorable? On Christmas Eve, young and old can open their coordinating pajama gifts. You’ll start off the holiday in fun, festive and coordinating apparel. You can even transform the best photograph into next year’s holiday card.