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It’s the best time of the year! A great way to spread the holiday cheer and build amazing memories with the family is by creating family traditions. Growing up, my family had the tradition of going to the tree farm each December and picking out a live tree for us to bring home to decorate together as a family. I remember always begging my dad to pick the scrawniest looking tree because I felt bad for it and wanted it to have a home for the holidays. My sisters definitely did not agree with my decision! They wanted the tallest and fullest tree at the farm. So as a result, we would compromise on a tree that wasn’t too little nor too big for all of us to enjoy.
Because I will be starting a little family of my own soon, I started thinking about the holiday traditions that we could start and continue throughout the years. Does your family have traditions that have been pasted down for generations? Or does your family like to try new and exciting things each year? Either way, spending quality time together as a family makes the holidays even more memorable and special. Here are some ideas of holiday traditions to start with your family this year!
- Make traditional dishes for your holiday meals and include foods from your culture or foods you ate growing up. Ask for recipes from relatives to keep your family traditions alive.
- Volunteer as a family for organizations like The Salvation Army to help families who need assistance during the Holidays.
- Go sledding, ice skating, hiking, or other outdoor winter activity with your family.
- Read holiday books together before bed each night.
- Make a gingerbread house with your family.
- Create a holiday playlist that your family listens to in the car or at home.
- Organize a cookie baking party. Invite friends and family, or a group of your kid’s friends. Ask everyone to bring their favorite holiday cookie recipe.
- Set aside one night to watch a holiday movie or television special.
- As a family, write your holiday letter. Have each member contribute one memorable moment from the year to be recorded to share with friends and family.
"Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world." - Susan Lieberma
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