Christmas is the best time of the year to start lasting family traditions. Starting your own Christmas family tradition need not be expensive or elaborate. It’s all about doing what works for your family and the things that really mean a lot to you and your kids.
It is not unusual for new and young families to want to start their own Christmas family traditions with their children. Particularly for those families that live far away from their families, observing Christmas traditions can help them rediscover the meaning of Christmas and really get into the spirit of the season.
Here are some ideas of Christmas traditions you can observe with your kids:
- Gift giving. A popular tradition during Christmas is gift giving. There are many creative ways to personalize this tradition for your family. You can have Christmas wish lists, Christmas stockings, or secret Santa.
- Christmas trees and special tree ornaments. A great way to commemorate Christmas past is through special tree ornaments. You can have special ornaments for your tree each Christmas and enjoy your collection as your family spends more Christmases together.
- Christmas family vacation. If you have the budget for it, spending Christmas with your family on a vacation is a great way to spend quality time with your family.
- Special Christmas dinner. Putting together a special dinner for the family during Christmas is a tradition that many families observe. Make it even more special by creating a menu that you only prepare for Christmas and involve your children in the preparation.
- Christmas service. Attending the Christmas religious service as a family is a great way to commemorate the spiritual aspect of the holiday season. It’s a nice way to counteract the commercialism and the consumerism of the holidays.
- Christmas portrait. Dressing up and having a family portrait taken during Christmas time is a fun way to document how your family has grown throughout the years. Once you have your portrait, you can turn the photo into greeting cards that you can send out to your relatives. It’s a great way to keep in touch.
- Giving back to the less fortunate. Christmas is the time to share our blessings with our less fortunate neighbors. Why not make it a tradition to set aside time to volunteer at a soup kitchen or maybe throw a party for the kids at the community orphanage. Your kids will learn a valuable lesson about sharing and you get to spend a meaningful Christmas together as a family.