Christmas tradition ideas old and new

It’s a wonderful time of year to celebrate traditions new and old. And though the holidays will no doubt look different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still plenty of ways to make sure that Christmas is full of joy, love and fun.

These ideas are packed with good cheer. It’s these little things you do to celebrate that your family will look forward to all year long, since the holiday rituals you start today become the good memories your family has in the future.

Make the tree unique and special

Making DIY ornaments together is another way to sneak some bonding time into a busy time of year. And don’t forget the tree topper!

Watch Christmas movies

In December, have every person in the family pick a favorite, then either take a weekend to binge them all, or watch one a week leading up to Christmas. You can even design a bingo card to keep track of movies selected.

Letter to santa

A letter to the North Pole is probably the best (and most long-lasting) way to get in touch with St. Nick. Bring magic and mystery to your home.

Open one Christmas gift on Christmas eve

When I was a kid, my parents allowed my brother and me to choose one gift each to open on Christmas Eve,”. “It’s one of my favorite holiday memories, which I recreate with my own children.”

Teach your kids to give back

Each year our children pick out toys they own but don’t play with anymore to give to other children as extra presents when Santa visits them, placing them in a special sack waiting for Santa under the Christmas tree. It teaches them that the best part of Christmas is not receiving gifts, but given them to others, especially those in need.”


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