Christmas Traditions to Make Special Memories with Your Little Ones
The holiday season is already a time full of traditions: a special dinner with family, decorating the Christmas tree, opening presents together. New traditions can help you to create extra special memories your whole family will share, and maybe you’ll keep them going for years to come.
Decorating the Christmas tree can be a big family tradition. It can be a lot of fun to add onto it by going shopping every year to get one special ornament each, or make your own ornaments instead. Write your kid’s name and the year on the bottom of each ornament. When they grow up, they’ll have a collection of their own ornaments and a lot of accompanying memories.
Ornaments aren’t the only thing that goes around the tree; you can create a special Christmas tree skirt too. Use a plain skirt, and before Christmas every year, trace each kid’s hand onto the skirt. As time goes on, you’ll be able to see the little hand prints growing.
Create Your Own Family Carols
Carols are a great Christmas tradition. But what if you could create your own? Try sitting down as a family and coming up with your own words to a Christmas classic such as “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or “Frosty the Snowman.” You can include things like family events from over the past year or silly jokes. Then you can perform your song at Christmas dinner!
Hands-On Giving Back
The holiday season is a great time to give back to the community. There are countless ways to do this, but you can make it even more special by doing something hands-on. You and your family can make baked goods or candy, and then bring them to the nurses at your local hospital or nursing home, or to firefighters or police officers. Or try going shopping for pet supplies then bringing them to a local animal shelter, with some extra time to stop and pet some animals. That way you and your kids can really be involved and see the effects of your giving. It’s a whole experience you’ll all remember.