The year is ending, and we it’s almost Christmas Eve. One of the most festive seasons of the year where we gather friends and family, prepare good food and buy gifts. Every year we repeat these same traditions, but then comes the question: What is the legacy and the real traditions we are leaving for our family?
Here are five simple and fun traditions ideas for this special time of the year!
Baking cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve is a tradition many families hold dear, but cookies are perfect anytime during the holidays. Bake cookies for friends and family and store them in decorative tins—they are tasty gifts to send home with guests and holiday visitors. Make it a family affair, and enlist the kids’ help with baking and decorating gingerbread cookies.
Hang an Annual Ornament
Purchase or let kids craft an ornament each year. You’ll be able to look back on every holiday that your family has spent together, and the tree will be filled with heirlooms that you can pass on to your kids for their future trees.
Have a Book Exchange
Time off work, time with family, time at home—it’s the perfect opportunity to do some December reading. Share the books you’ve loved this year with your family, and host a holiday book swap.
To make way for the presents Santa will bring and help children understand the importance of generosity, donate toys to an organization in your community that is collecting during the holiday season.
Create a holiday playlist
Whether you’re trimming the tree, preparing for a party, or just in the car or getting dinner ready, help your family get their groove on with a customized holiday playlist. Ask everyone to add their favorites, from classics like ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ to Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You.’ Add different artists’ interpretations of familiar songs, and challenge each family member to discover a festive new find.