Christmas is the most tradition-rich time of the year. There are a lot of great, classic traditions out there from making cookies to watching your favorite Christmas movie. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions that make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year?
1. Go Caroling.
There’s something about singing that unites humans on a primal level. What’s more, through song, you can pass on some family values and cultural heritage to your children. As an added bonus, bring along some hot chocolate and spread Christmas cheer to your neighbors.
2. Build a Gingerbread House.
And the more candy canes, jelly beans, pretzels, gum drops and home-made icing, the better it’ll be.
3. Christmas Tree Sleepover.
The day you put up your Christmas Tree, invite a bunch of friends and family over for a sleepover next to your tree.
4. Donate to a Family in Need.
While some people donate to food banks or the Salvation Army, others choose to express their generosity by giving back to the community. Adopt a less-fortunate family in your area, buy gifts, along with a dinner, and deliver it to their home.
5. Watch a Christmas Movie.
What’s Christmas Eve (or Christmas Day) without watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or “Christmas Vacation?” Start a tradition of watching the same holiday movie together as a family every year— complete with popcorn and hot chocolate.
6. Christmas Light Tour.
Choose a night to drive around town and admire the best (or tackiest) Christmas lights. Fill the car with holiday drinks and goodies so you can munch on something while you drive.
7. Christmas Countdown.
Whether it’s an advent calendar or a countdown chain, use something to help you countdown the days until Christmas starting on December 1st.
8. Themed Decorations.
Start a collection of themed decorations. It can be something fun for you and your family to hunt for when you’re out shopping during the holidays. Think of it as a scavenger hunt for your Christmas Tree.
9. Letters to Santa.
Write letters to Santa, and then mail them off to the North Pole.
10. Game Night.
Spend a night eating pizza, drinking soda and playing games around the table. Better yet, buy a new board game each year as a family present so it can be added to the list of games to play.
11. Christmas Appetizer/Breakfast.
Decide on a special appetizer or other dish that you only make on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day; or create a special Christmas breakfast that you make every year.
12. Christmas Cookies.
As a family, vote on a favorite Christmas cookie recipe and make it every single year.
13. Go Christmas Shopping.
It’s a great way to get quality time together while bringing a little novelty and magic back to stressful task.
14. Christmas Eve Storytime.
Read “T’was the Night Before Christmas” or “The Christmas Story” (Luke 2:1-20) as a family together every year on Christmas Eve. Set the scene with hot cocoa, light a candle, and snuggle up by the fire.
15. Organize a Holiday Party for a Good Cause.
Charge an entrance fee or have a box where invited guests can donate toys or canned goods. When the party is over, take the food donations to your local food bank, homeless shelter, or donation center.
16. Put an Extra Plate at the Table.
When you have your family Christmas dinner, add an extra plate to the table. What better way to remind those that here is always room for someone in need at your Inn.
17. Give Thanks.
Before you sit down for your Christmas Eve meal, or before you begin opening gifts on Christmas morning— whether through prayer, saying grace, or a supplication … no matter what it is, ask everyone what they are thankful for. You may be surprised what flows out once that tap has been turned on.