Christmas traditions are what makes the holiday season so magical and amazing for you and your family. I always try my best to stay close to my loved ones, especially around any holiday season. This year is different for everyone and it has really sucked. But there are some really special things you can do to make your end of the year amazing. I suggest adding your own touch to every single one of my traditions. I wish you a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We all deserve a little happiness and I know I am soooo ready for 2020 to be over, even if we have no idea what 2021 will bring (crossing my fingers).
- At the end of Thanksgiving I normally go completely overboard with decorations, you know so my house smells like I baked fresh cookies everyday all day long? Christmas lights, Christmas wreaths, Christmas trees……etc. DECORATE! Christmas decor makes it more special for my family and I, even though I have to do all of the work (haha).
- Make getting your Christmas tree a special memory. Not just taking it out of your attic and putting it together and decorating it! Cutting down your own Christmas tree is so fun. All of your family gets to walk through the Christmas tree farms looking for the perfect tree while drinking hot chocolate. My son (2 years old) has loved bringing the tree home the past two years, he’s been so excited HE got to help pick out our tree! Also, it makes your house smell amazing!! Biggest PRO: It’s best for the environment.
- Write letters to Santa! You can go through magazines or even online on amazon and have your kids cut out what they want and glue them to paper, this was something I used to love to do as a kid!
- Decorate your tree together as a family. Let your kids decide where they want to put the ornaments, it’s like an art project for your entire family to showcase in your home for the holiday season.
- Drive around your neighborhood to see everyone’s Christmas lights. My son really enjoyed this! We told him that the lights are up so that Santa knows which houses to stop at, which made him love it even more. If you don’t have a lot of people around you that decorated with outdoor Christmas lights find a local light show near you!
- Bake lots and lots of treats and goodies. This is probably my son’s favorite this year so far. I’m going to try my best this year to make homemade cookies to decorate with my son!
- Donate some of your baked goods to a local food bank, or your local first responders. This year, with covid and everything I would make sure to call ahead to make sure they’re accepting this kind of donation!
- Try to go visit Santa! Let your kids tell him what they would like for Christmas this year!
- Make some homemade Christmas gifts for your loved ones. You can make salt dough ornaments with your kids hands/feet, you can buy canvases to make cute reindeer feet, some baked goods, or whatever you would like. Your kids will love gifting something to their grandparents that they helped make!
- Have a movie night and a sleepover in your living room with your Christmas tree. You can make some popcorn, pick out a list of Christmas movies, turn off the lights but leave the christmas tree lights on! We’re probably going to do this the night before Christmas Eve with my son and lay out our Nuggets to make a bed.
- If it snows where you live, make sure to go outside and play in the snow at least once!
- Have Alexa play Christmas music for you, you can choose from all sorts of genres
- Buy matching PJ’s for your family and take a cute picture in front of your Christmas tree or your favorite spot you decorated for the holiday season.
- How could a house be close to Christmas without Elf on a Shelf? We suck at moving him every single night, but when we do we try to make it really fun!
- Let your children open 1 gift on Christmas Eve, some fun gifts you could choose are Christmas PJ’s, a Christmas movie, a family card or board game to play together, a book to read together, or even just some comfy Christmas socks!
- Take dad’s work boots and cover the bottom of them in flour mixed in glitter and walk from your chimney to your tree so there is PROOF Santa came to visit.
- Bake cookies together and leave some and a glass of milk for Santa to eat while he comes to visit, DON’T FORGET; you atleast have to take ONE bite 😉
If you decide to use one of my ideas, let me know below. I hope it brings your family as much joy as it does ours. If you have any of your own special Christmas traditions you can let me know below. I’m always up to more ideas to try! Thanks for reading!