Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Traditions

You probably don't remember what presents you got for Christmas but you probably remember the Christmas traditions you did as a family and how they brought you closer together as a family. Your children will look forward to their favorite traditions each year. Continue your traditions and add a few this holiday season.   


  • Decorate the Christmas Tree Together
  • Have a family Christmas music sing-a-long
  • Make homemade Christmas Cards
  • On Christmas Eve, have a camp-out in the same room
  • Read a Christmas Story Together
  • String popcorn and Cranberries for the Christmas Tree
  • Make a special meal every year
  • Make Christmas cookies together and deliver them to neighbor
  • Make a calendar to countdown the days until Christmas
  • Teach your children Christmas songs.  Go caroling in your neighborhood or at care centers
  • Draw names and give a secret service to a family memeber
  • Put on a play with your family members using your favorite Christmas story
  • Go for a drive in the mountains and see the snow
  • Have a friend take a picture of your whole family by the Christmas tree or take your child to have her picture taken with Santa--you'll be creating a wonderful pictorial family history
  • Make a gingerbread house.  Graham crackers make a great substitute for the walls
  • Make or choose ornaments with meaning 
  • Make construction paper chains
  • Have a potluck dinner with extended family
  • Watch Christmas videos or television specials
  • Pop popcorn.  Drink cocoa. Bundle up together
  • Serve your family's favorite breakfast for Christmas morning 
  • Write a personalized letter to each of your children that they can cherish for years to come.  You can sign it from Santa, if you like.
  • Tell your children a story about your favorite childhood Christmas
  • Ring a bell outside your children's bedroom window on Christmas Eve so they will think it is Santa Claus
  • Take the family on a winter wonderland walk in the snow
  • Have a sledding party, roast marshmallows and take along some pre-made hot chocolate to drink

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