Traditions for Christmas

What are some Christmas traditions you and your family do during this season? Are there any that don’t bring you joy? What are the ones that do?

Some traditions are passed down, others are made by society, still others are created by ourselves over the years.

I’ve kept several from my family. Some are putting up a tree, but we do a fake one and my parents always did a real tree. Stockings are hung and filled for Christmas morning. Santa will come for the children.

I’ve always enjoyed baking cookies and making a gingerbread house with my family and children.

I do miss holiday parties as I don’t work outside of the home and it would be nice to have at least one small holiday party.

This year our family is parring down extremely in the gift giving department. Over the years, we haven’t exchanged much with extended family as they moved further away. For awhile we all did a drawing as we had a large extended family, then we stopped doing that. I still love to send and receive Christmas cards, letters and pictures. I feel this is enough for us. For my children, this year we are trying to not focus on the gifts they will receive Christmas morning. I’ve been wanting to implement this for several years, but just haven’t. With us wanting to travel in an RV, this has been a catalyst in making this happen this year. We are going to still do stockings, but only have one or two small gifts. We are going to take the three girls to an American Girl Doll store to pick out a few items and spend the day there enjoying the things they offer(bistro or desert bar and activities).

One thing that my children enjoy and that I do as well, is Christmas sticks. These were originally made at a mom’s group I was in several years ago and they have evolved. This year I bought new, large, colorful popsicle sticks to write on and updated some of the things to do on them. One thing I do is remove the more time-intensive activities during the week and add them in on the weekends. You may write whatever activities you would find joy doing.

Here is a list of what we have currently:

Open one present early

Write a letter to Santa

Make Christmas cookies

Watch a Christmas movie

Go see Santa

Color Christmas pictures

Decorate tree

Set up nativity

Pay “find the wiseman”

Make a paper chain or snowflakes

Make reindeer food

Hot chocolate and Christmas lights

Shopping trip with mom or dad

Christmas crafts

Christmas music dance party

Make Christmas colored pancakes

Read Christmas books

Family pizza night

Take goodies to neighbors

Trip to library for Christmas books

Make homemade hot chocolate

Special family outing

Build a gingerbread house

Bake cookies for santa

 

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