Family Holiday Traditions
Trim the Tree Ceremony – If you celebrate Christmas by decorating a tree, why not have an official tree lighting ceremony? Pick an actual date, say December 15th and make it a festive ritual. Family members can give fun speeches, read poems, sing songs, play instruments and each year a different family member can be the master of ceremony.
New Ornaments – Each Christmas, take the kids shopping so they can personally handpick an ornament to adorn the tree. Through the years, not only will you have a uniquely decorated tree, but one full of special memories.
Christmas Cards within the Household – Have each family member in the household give each other Christmas cards with a special message. Don’t forget to date each card as these make great keepsakes for parents and siblings.
Theatrical Productions – Rather than just read a holiday book or sing holiday songs, why not act them out for family fun? The Twelve Days of Christmas is a great song to put into action. Teach the kids a movement for each of the twelve days. They will happily act out “seven swans a- swimming” and “eight maids a-milking”. However, they will find it hysterical to be “six geese a-laying”. (Videotaping each year is recommended!)
Christmas Guest Book – Do you get together with extended family every year? Don’t just take pictures, but also have all family members comment in and sign a guest book. This tradition makes a great memento. Reading through the guest book after your eight-year-old graduates college, or when loved ones are no longer with you is priceless.
Remembering Those Less Fortunate – Volunteering at shelters, collecting and delivering toys to needy children, and helping to serve holiday meals is a tradition that emphasizes the “reason for the season”. It will not only be a valuable service to the community but it will be a valuable lesson to your kids.
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