Holiday traditions can be such an important and exciting thing for families! The significance of tradition is to create a sense of closeness, community and legacy among its generations so that long after some members are gone, the memories of the holiday with them will remain in our hearts.
It’s also a great way to teach children compassion, empathy and the spirit of the season! Is it just us, or with the constantly increasing holiday hustle and bustle, things seem to be a little different than they were when we were growing up? While most traditions tend to evolve organically over the years, it’s safe to say that in this day of, “Elf on the Shelf,” it’s okay to start a new tradition at anytime. However, more parents are feeling the pressure to create them, but don’t want the stress! Remember, it doesn’t have to be something passed down from your great grandmother!
It’s never too late to start! The possibilities are endless, and your future generations will thank you for beginning a chapter in your family’s story.
As a group, we shared a few of our yearly traditions, and here are a few to share:
-Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like matching family jammies! The kids absolutely love “twinning” with their parents, and it makes for great (albeit funny) photo opportunities.
– Bake or make a special treat that’s holiday-specific. The anticipation of both the baking and the eating adds to the festive holiday feel.
For example, this cute and tasty dreidel can be easily assembled by using a small pretzel stick stuck into a marshmallow. Use a small bit of icing to attach a kiss onto bottom and decorate with a dab of icing and sprinkles.
-Dress the kids their pajamas, pile everyone in the car, grab a meal and hot cocoa to-go, and venture out to see the various light displays.
-Create (or borrow!) a Christmas morning breakfast recipe that can be used and passed down for years to come.
-Bake cookies and deliver to local police and fire stations.
-“Adopt” a family (or families) in need through your church or local charity. Have your children help with picking out items and explain the importance of helping others in need.
-Create a predictions list to have friends and family fill out. Keep them in a “safe place” and bring out the previous year’s to be read before midnight. See how many people get their predictions right!
-Create an envelope display for Hanukkah. Each night, open an envelope for the clue to where your gift will be!
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? We would love to hear!