What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? We all have them and they may just be more important than you think. Traditions, like putting up the tree on December 1st, buying a special new ornament each year, or opening one gift on Christmas Eve are a special part of the holiday season. While we share many traditions, we also have unique twists on them. Maybe it’s baking cookies on Christmas Eve. Maybe it’s joining in on the Elf on the shelf craze or a Snowman theme like we have.
No matter what traditions you have, they are the tie that binds us together during the holidays. They help us share celebrations with our loved ones and our community. They give us a sense of belonging and help us mark important dates. Even more importantly, they help us make lifetime memories. Think back to your favorite Childhood memories of Christmas. Chances are that they are tied to Christmas traditions. Those traditions help us remember the meaningful events around them from one year to the next.
It’s so important to blend traditions and come up with new family traditions as you start your own family. You take the best traditions from each side, blend them, and then come up with a few of your own. You’re creating your very own set of family holiday traditions that will bind your little family together. Of course, we also share traditions with our communities, like church service on Christmas Day or the local Santa Clause parades. They are events where we interact and friends in our community. They make us feel part of the city or group.
Our Family Traditions
- Elf On The Shelf
- DIY Advent Calendar
- Santa Picture
- Holiday Train
- 1 present on Christmas Eve
- Baking treats
- Christmas Stories and Movies
When we create our own Advent Calendar, we fill it with fun items to do. A Movie, baking cookies or even a Christmas Story on little notes with a mini toy or chocolate. Whatever may be written in the notes, we complete that day or evening.
Think back to your childhood. What did you do year in and year out? Is there something you have to do or have or it doesn’t feel like Christmas? Feed those traditions and pass them on to your children. If you don’t have a lot of traditions yet, there’s no better time than the present to start them. And don’t stop at Christmas. Traditions can be shared throughout the year. Visiting amusement parks during summer vacation, make Friday night, pizza night, or game nights on the first Sunday of the month with friends. Embrace traditions and see for yourself how they can enrich your life and your relationships.
Most of our Christmas traditions begin December 1, however, I will be pulling out my decorations and tree very soon and start my month-long decorating and crafting.
Share your traditions and when you officially begin the holiday season.