I know, I know. Thanksgiving isn’t even over yet. If you are starting traditions you want to plan ahead right?
I love Christmas. I love everything about it. Especially now that I have a kid. I love making it magical. Starting traditions.
Here are some traditions you can start with your kids or even as a couple really. It doesn’t matter how old your kids are. Some of these you may have seen before but hopefully you find my spins on them unique
1. Christmas Movie Night
Okay, you have probably seen this one before. I like it a lot though. It is easy to tailor to the age of your kids. You can even do it as adults. You can do it any time and it requires hardly any money. You could do it for free really.
For a different spin on it you could combine it with other traditions like hot cocoa while you watch, or maybe popcorn. You could decorate Christmas cookies beforehand or make Chex mix and then sit down and eat it while watching movies.
2. Candy Cane Cocoa
As a kid we would pile the whole family into the car and drive around looking at Christmas lights and then come home to drink hot cocoa. It was too hot for us when were little so we would stir it with candy canes.
(Be careful because as they melt they turn into pointy shivs. LOL.)
Anyway, it would cool and taste like mint or whatever flavor you like.
3. Christmas Morning Breakfast
You could find a way to make Christmas morning special by making a fun breakfast every year. (I like my breakfasts. Have you seen my post on The Family Breakfast tradition?)
You could make a snowman pancake or reindeer or snowflakes. See how creative you can be. Use a frosting kit, a plastic bag with a tiny hole, or a squeeze bottle to make your shapes.
You could also use metal cookie cutters to make shapes.
My dad makes me Eggs Benedict every year for Christmas. (Even the year he had Cancer in his throat.)
4. Gingerbread Houses
I love making gingerbread houses. I use the kits though you can buy all premade and just get right to the decorating. For older kids/ bigger families maybe you could have a friendly competition. For little ones you can make them out of graham crackers.
5. Neighbor Gifts
I am planning on making cookies and/or putting together a box from the dollar store and putting by my neighbors’ doors when they aren’t home so they find them and have no idea who did it. I want my son to help and then we will hide and watch them find it and giggle etc.
I think it will teach him to give without expecting anything in return or getting “credit”. The true meaning of Christmas.
I’m curious about your traditions. What do you do in your family? Maybe you had some when you were a kid? Tell me in the comments.