Embrace the warmth of ‘Christmas traditions for family’ to ignite the Christmas spirit in your home. We’ve gathered a collection of heartwarming activities to kick off the holiday season, creating unforgettable memories with friends and family. From the magical glow of tree lights to the joy of festive crafts, join us in celebrating the traditions that make this time of year truly special.
Find the PERFECT Christmas tree.
Pack up the family and head out on a tree search. Whether you visit a tree lot or tromp through the woods, it’s hard not to catch the Christmas spirit surrounded by trees.
Countdown to Christmas day
Sit with your children and create a paper chain countdown, a festive way to get in the Christmas spirit as you mark each day until the holiday. This engaging activity offers a delightful twist on the traditional advent calendar and is a fantastic method to build anticipation for the season and cherished Christmas traditions.
Have a night of hot chocolate and tree-decorating
Make decorating the Christmas tree together a unique Christmas tradition. Take the time to remember where loved Christmas ornaments came from and what makes them unique. Try a few new Christmas decoration ideas.
Get the kids involved with making handmade gifts to share with friends and neighbors. Gifts in a jar are straightforward to do with children.
Give back to others.
For some, the holidays can be challenging, with many missing out on gifts and festive meals. Teach your children to get in the Christmas spirit through giving. Consider making a Christmas hamper for a local family, starting a donation drive, or helping at a food bank. It’s a way to embody the holiday’s true meaning and show compassion as a family.
Here is a simple way you can discuss this with your children:
- Start by asking them what they think Christmas is all about. They might mention gifts, Santa Claus, or Christmas trees. This is a great way to start the conversation about the deeper meaning of the holiday season.
- Explain to them that while receiving gifts is fun, the holiday season is also about giving and helping others. Use simple language and examples that they can relate to.
- Talk about how some families in your community might struggle during the holidays. They might not have enough food or presents. Let them know that this doesn’t make their Christmas any less memorable but that we can do something to help them.
- Discuss ways your family can help. You could create a Christmas hamper filled with food and small gifts. Ask them what they think should go in the hamper. This can help them feel involved in the process.
- You can also suggest starting a food or clothing drive. This could involve collecting non-perishable food items or warm clothing and donating them to a local charity.
- Please encourage them to think of other ways to give back. This could be as simple as making a card for a neighbor or helping you bake cookies to deliver to friends and family.
- Contact your local food bank or shelter and ask if they have any specific needs this holiday season. Involving your children in this process can help them understand the importance of community service.
Remember, the goal is not just to teach your children about the importance of giving but also to instill in them a lifelong commitment to helping others. This is a valuable lesson that they can carry with them throughout their lives.
Play Christmas tunes
Tune in to Christmas stations and let the carols echo the ‘Christmas traditions for family’ throughout your home and journeys. Share the joy by singing along with printed lyrics in hand, and perhaps even carry the melodies beyond your doorstep, sharing the festive cheer with your community!
Have a Christmas movie night.
Pop some popcorn and snuggle in for a night of Christmas movies. Whether you are a fan of “Elf” or you would rather watch “White Christmas,” there’s a holiday movie out there for everyone.
Make Christmas ornaments
Creating a new ornament yearly is a cherished Christmas tradition for family bonding. Watching your children’s faces light up as they spot their past creations on the tree is priceless. This festive craft not only kindles the holiday spirit but also serves as a heartfelt, budget-friendly gift idea for loved ones.
Visit Santa Claus
Nothing says Christmas is coming, like the arrival of Santa Claus. Take a break from shopping to let the kids sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they would like for Christmas this year. Whether full of tears or cheers, this holiday photo op makes great memories for years.
Drive around to see Christmas lights.
Load up the car and drive around lit-up neighborhoods. Maybe you will be inspired by a few new Christmas decoration ideas. Be sure to bring candy canes. No matter how you celebrate Christmas, the important thing is that you do it together with your friends and family.