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It’s no secret that kids love Christmas… with tales of Santa, the promise of gifts, and all the sweets to eat, it’s no surprise that they’ll want to celebrate the holiday all month long! Family traditions make the holiday special and memorable for everyone, not just the kiddos, and it’s always fun to see what new ideas you can incorporate. Here’s a list of five traditions to try with your family this year.
- Reverse-Advent Calendar
Advent calendars are a fun way to count down to Christmas, and they come in many different forms. However, this tradition is not your usual advent calendar… instead of opening the calendar and getting something every day, you put something in instead. Canned food, clothes, and toys are items to give to a food bank or donate to a family in need. This tradition teaches your children the important holiday lesson of giving, and it helps you clean out some unnecessary items before your spring cleaning.
- Polar Express
If you’ve seen the popular holiday movie, then you’ll know that the polar express takes children to see Santa. You can create a tradition playing off this idea where, once your children have on their pajamas, you surprise them with a ticket to see the holiday lights! Punch their tickets and load the whole family into the car with hot chocolate and listen to Christmas music as you drive around your neighborhood to admire the lights.
- Decorate Cookies
If your kids attend a children’s daycare center or go to school, you’ve probably been gifted many holiday crafts. Crafts like cotton ball snowmen and paper Christmas trees are popular at school and daycare, so you don’t need to do them at home. Instead, make a craft they can eat! Cutting, baking, and decorating holiday sugar cookies is not only sweet and tasty, but it’s also very memorable! This is a fun Christmas Eve tradition because you can leave the cookies out to share with Santa.
- Christmas Talent Show
It can sometimes feel like the Christmas festivities abruptly end right after all the gifts are unwrapped and the feast has been eaten. Your children go off to play with their new toys and they stop spending time with the family. While a break after all the excitement can be nice, having one final activity can end the holiday with a bang.
- The Night Before Christmas
Getting in the holiday spirit on Christmas Eve isn’t hard with the lights of the tree, the stockings waiting for filling, and the cookies set out for Santa–but a popular tradition for many is to open one present on the night before Christmas. This gift can include new pajamas, treats, and a Christmas movie for the whole family to watch before Santa comes. A present that involves the entire family makes this a fun tradition to do for years.
Trying new traditions doesn’t always take, but with these ideas, you are sure to find something your whole family will enjoy and remember for years. Happy holidays!