Creating Holiday traditions helps cultivate lasting memories and connections between children and their family members. These years fly by yet are some of the most memorable once your children become adults. Check out our list of traditions to start sharing with your little ones.

 

  • Take a photo with Santa.
  • Look at Christmas lights. Some towns¬†have the benefit of walk-through wonderlands, yet don’t worry if your town does not. Hop in the car with the family to drive around and look at lights (Bonus: bring hot chocolate and Christmas music).
  • Make Christmas cookies from scratch that your children can help decorate with icing, sprinkles, and candy.
  • Write a letter to Santa. The catch is to have them only write what they are thankful for and not what they want.
  • Decorate a gingerbread house.
  • Create a new ornament with your children for your tree each year (Bonus: don’t forget to put the date on it).
  • Invite an Elf on the Shelf to your home. Don’t worry if you forget to move him, here are some reasons to tell your children why he stayed put.
  • Sponsor a child (or family) and let your children help shop for them or wrap the presents. This is a great way to give to those who are less fortunate and teach your children the spirit of the Holidays. Not sure where to sponsor a family? Give a call to your local church and they¬†will either provide a family for you or direct you to an organization.
  • Countdown to Christmas. Kids love marking off the days left before Christmas, this helps build their excitement and sway the questions of “how many days left?”
  • Have a Christmas movie marathon with your family.
  • Let your children open one gift on Christmas Eve. We suggest the gift being Christmas PJ’s to wear that night.
  • Bake cookies for Santa to leave out on Christmas Eve.