We have scoured the internet to find the cutest holiday traditions for your family to enjoy and below are our top ten. Enjoy!
Make Elf Footprints
After the kids are in bed on Christmas Eve, leave a trail of elf prints from the fireplace or front door through the living room. To make them, cut two sponges in the shape of small shoeprints, then dip them in a plate of “elf dust” (flour, baby powder, carpet deodorizer). The prints always stop at the tray of cookies and milk left out for Santa and sometimes the elves are a bit naughty and play with the presents. Children love to figure out exactly what path the elves took.
Surprise Your Neighbors With Treats
To bring your community closer try doing a 12 days of secret surprises for a neighbor, bringing the appropriate number of goodies — one on the first day to twelve on the twelfth day. You can keep your identity a secret or choose to reveal yourself on any of the 12 days.
Start an Ornament Collection
Every Christmas buy an ornament to celebrate something that happened that year. For example, buy a wedding ornament noting the year you got married or for the year you graduated from college get one with a diploma. Your family will look forward to unwrapping the ornaments every year and remembering why you bought them.
Camp Out Under the Tree
Every Christmas have the family spend one night sleeping on the living room floor under the lighted tree, listening to holiday music. Talking about Christmas and the previous year will be a tradition your family looks forward to each year.
Help the Needy
Teaching our children the true spirit of the Holidays and that there is more to life than getting a Sony Play Station is a great tradition. Consider limiting gifts to one per child and one gift to share with someone in need. Another option is to donate your time to a charity or soup kitchen.
Give a Christmas Eve Gift
Every Christmas Eve, when the doorbell rings, the children run to answer it. They know Santa has left them their first present. Inside a brightly colored sack is a pair of new pajamas for everyone. This idea serves two purposes. It’s easier to get the kids ready for bed because they can’t wait to wear their new pajamas! And we all look great in the pictures the next morning.
Relive the Year’s Memories
On New Year’s Eve have the family stay home and enjoy a buffet of hors d’oeuvres and sparkling cider. Then watch a video of your family’s past year. Each year start a new videotape.
See the Lights
In the middle of December go on a family sight-seeing trip to look at all the Christmas lights and decorations. It’s a wonderful thing, even for a six-month-old. What baby doesn’t like to look at lights? On the way home, vote on the best decorated house.
Put Out Snacks for Santa
Leave out cookies and milk for Santa, and a spoonful of sugar (or carrots) for the reindeer. Try making a big deal about this, counting the cookies, pointing out how full the glass of milk is, etc. While the kids sleep you can enjoy sipping the milk and eating the cookies, leaving a few with bite marks. The next day the kids will be amazed by the evidence that Santa was in your house.
Learn About Other Cultures
Take the family to the library and have each person pick out a story about Christmas, or holidays in other cultures. Then on Christmas Eve everyone reads (or has an adult read) their story, finishing up with the holiday your family celebrates.