I’m so excited for the upcoming Christmas season now as a family of 2. Last year we had a 5 month old so we didn’t start too many traditions because our daughter was still too young to get anything out of it. This year she’s a walking, talking machine and will be 17 months, so I can’t wait to start making Christmas memories with her.
Here are some ideas for Christmas traditions you can start with your family. I’m going to try to check as many of these off my bucket list this year.
Go to a tree farm to chop down your tree
Make hot cocoa
Watch Christmas movies
Classics like Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Home Alone, The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol, Jack Frost, Christmas Vacation, The Santa Clause, A Christmas Story, etc.
See a Christmas tree lighting in a local city or town square
Make donations of old clothes or toys to people and children in need
Santa Claus Train Ride
Find your local Polar Express & Christmas train rides with Santa that the kids will love!
The Kindness Elves are a new spin on Elf on the Shelf where the Elves leave your child notes with acts of kindness to participate in. This is a really great concept and I hope that more children will be using these elves.
Breakfast with Santa
Volunteer at a shelter/food bank/nursing home/hospital
Driving around to see the lights on houses
Look up houses in your area that are listed for having the best festive light displays. There are many homes that put their lights to music and attract thousands of viewers.
Make a gingerbread house
Elf on the shelf
Decorate the tree together in your pajamas while dancing to Christmas music
Put up all your home decorations together
Get a new ornament every year or make one
The ornament can symbolize something that has happened the past year, something they accomplished, a new hobby, or something they enjoy. I also like to get a family photo ornament every year so we can look back and see how our family has grown through the years. Personalization Mall has a great,afforadble selection of these and it’s easy to add a photo and customize them how you’d like.
Singing Christmas carols
Bake Christmas cookies
Write a letter to Santa and send it to the North Pole
Take pictures with Santa
Matching family Christmas pajamas or receiving new pjs Christmas Eve
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What are some of your favorite traditions that you have done as a family?