The holidays are a time to be merry! Whether you have excited younger children still relishing the magic of the season or somewhat grumpy teens reluctant to join in on the fun, making memories is a priority for any parent as they face the holiday season head-on. The best way to make memories is to form traditions your family will always cherish. When starting new Christmas traditions, you may need a few ideas to get the festivities kicked off. We have a few ideas and tips to make starting new Christmas traditions a fa la la la fun time!
Choose traditions to grow with your family
While we all love taking our little ones to see Santa and getting that adorable picture to send the extended family, getting teens to go for this tradition is a downright fight of unfestiveness.
It is important to choose traditions that will grow and age with your family so you can keep doing it year after year. Take the kids to Santa when they are little, but also start other traditions you know they will still love even as teens and adults later on.
Keep it fun
When starting new Christmas traditions, the key is to keep it fun! No one wants to participate in a tradition that is boring or downright dreadful. A fruitcake eating contest? That would be a non-fun tradition. A cookie eating contest?
Ho ho ho all the way to fun! Whatever your family likes to do for fun, try to find ways to incorporate that in your Christmas traditions. If your family is competitive and likes games, create a family tradition of a scored scavenger holiday hunt or similar game. If your family likes seeing a new holiday movie each year at the theater while wearing their Christmas pajamas in public, go for it. The key is to keep it fun so everyone will want to join in.
Keep it simple
The holidays are hectic. This fact alone may be enough to burst any bubble and turn even a festive fan into a Scrooge. When it comes to choosing traditions to start for this already crazy time of year, it is best to keep it simple. You don’t want to add to your holiday stress by trying to plan a super involved tradition that becomes more hassle than fun for your family. It is best to just keep it simple!
Wear matching jammies
This is one of the coziest and easiest holiday traditions to start with your family! Whether you are a family of three just starting out or a big brood always growing, matching family Christmas pajamas is always a treat for everyone.
You can give them out to the family on Thanksgiving so they can wear them the whole festive season or give them as early presents on Christmas Eve to wear on the big morning. However you decide to do it, this is a fun and festive tradition that can last for years.
Host a family and friends potluck
The holidays are the perfect time to gather with those you love and enjoy a good meal. An easy way to share the burden of holiday cooking or baking is to host a potluck night as a tradition. This means everyone brings a favorite dish or baked good which results in less work for the host.
You can do this on a larger scale and include extended family and friends or keep it small and intimate with just your immediate family. The kids can even help out by learning and mastering a signature dish of their own so everyone is involved in this holiday tradition.
Have a hot cocoa night in
Is there anything better than snuggling up with hot cocoa by the Christmas tree? Make it a family holiday tradition by having an annual cocoa night in party with the family!
You can make this night special by setting up a hot cocoa station complete with a few different flavors of cocoa and different marshmallows. Salted caramel hot chocolate, anyone? Oh, and don’t forget a few cookies to go along with the cocoa bar!
Take a family picture in the same spot or pose each year
Whether your family likes to check out a local light show each year or gather around the tree for a family picture, taking a picture in the same spot or same pose each year is a great tradition for any family. It lets you capture the holidays while also showing your family grow and age through the years.
These are just a few easy and fun Christmas traditions your family could start this year. If you need a few more suggestions, check out this article with some additional Christmas family traditions. The possibilities are endless as you think of new ways to add holiday cheer to your season with a fun new tradition.