Sunday, December 2, 2012

Ideas on Christmas Traditions



Want to try something different in your holiday routine? Consider these suggestions for a new Christmas tradition.
  1. Cut clutter by rounding up unused gifts from previous years and giving them to a worthy cause.
  2. Attend Christmas programs at church.
  3. Watch Christmas shows or movies together with hot chocolate and popcorn.
  4. Make decorating the tree a family event. Serve hot chocolate and play Christmas music.
  5. Go caroling, in a neighborhood, at a nursing home, in an apartment complex, etc.
  6. Go for a drive and see who wins for the best lights in town. Make an award for the winner and present it to them.
  7. Have the kids write and act out a Christmas play.
  8. Borrow new Christmas videos and books from the library.
  9. Make up a Christmas scavenger hunt.
  10. Organize a special reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas, A Christmas Carol, etc. at a local church/library/community center. Invite seniors/families. Maybe get a local store to donate some cookies or cocoa.
  11. Ask the local supermarket if your youth group or older kids can help carry groceries out for senior citizens. (Those turkeys are heavy!)
  12. Learn how different cultures celebrate Christmas, and about what people did years ago.
  13. Have a Christmas Past, Present and Future evening/afternoon. Get out your photo albums/scrapbooks and talk about Christmas Past, remembering those who are no longer here to share it with us; for Christmas Present, discuss what one thing makes Christmas special for each person; for Christmas Future, talk about your hopes and dreams for the coming years ahead.
  14. Replace the annual Christmas letter in your holiday cards with a brief letter of appreciation for the recipient.
  15. Create or purchase new ornaments each year for the tree. Create or shop for an ornament that reflects a defining event or sentiment for the year.
  16. Enjoy a Family Night with special holiday crafts or games.
  17. Start a Christmas-themed puzzle somewhere in your home. A puzzle table, placed in a quiet room is great for holiday visitors. Whenever your guests want to get away from the action, they can retreat to work on the puzzle. This can be a great stress reliever, and it's wonderful for those guests who always have to be busy doing something.
  18. Take a photo of your children standing in a particular spot each year -- in front of the tree, by the front door -- anyplace that will be consistent from year to year. Make a special holiday ornament or scrapbook album that depicts the growth and change of your family each year.
  19. Research the holiday traditions of your nationality. Adopt a few of these traditions into your annual celebration each year to celebrate your heritage.
  20. Adopt a special cause each year and spend some time as a family helping those in need, or raising or donating money for a charity of your choice.
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2 comments:

  1. Great ideas! No one seems to do caroling anymore. A caroling revival would be a wonderful thing!

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  2. I know someone that still sings carols around town each year. Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time. I hope you have a merry Christmas filled with great traditions.

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