Creating Your Own New Holiday Traditions
A tradition is something that a person or family does year after year. Traditions are often the one thing that stands out when an adult looks back on their childhood.
They bring smiles to their faces and help them remember their family and where they come from.
Holidays are one of the times when traditions become prominent.
It’s easy to create a tradition during the holidays because they are annual events and because they are special.
Why Traditions Matter
For a parent, a tradition may seem silly. Everything changes so why bother creating a tradition? Also, there’s the pressure that you’ll have to uphold the tradition every year.
Your children will come to expect it. That’s also the amazing power of traditions. They provide children with a sense of unity.
They give children something to look forward to and to count on. When families create holiday traditions, they’re creating something unique to that family.
It’s a powerful bond. As your children grow up, they may hold onto their family traditions and share them with their own children.
Even if they don’t hold onto the tradition, you can rest assured they’ll remember them fondly.
Creating Holiday Traditions – The First Step
The first step to creating holiday traditions is to look at activities or events your family has enjoyed in the past. For example, perhaps you went to see the Nutcracker as a family last year. That could become a holiday tradition.
Maybe your family enjoys baking cookies, decorating your tree or caroling with the local church. Take a look at the opportunities you’ve already taken advantage of. Is there a potential family tradition there?
Next, take a look at activities your family might enjoy together. Traditions don’t have to be elaborate; they can be quite simple. For example, you might read The Night Before Christmas together on Christmas Eve.
Once you’ve pinpointed a tradition or two to adopt this year, relax. Don’t go overboard with too many traditions. You can wind up exhausted from trying to meet everyone’s expectations.
Additionally, make sure to get your family on board with the traditions. Make them responsible for some aspect of the tradition so everyone is involved.
For example, if your family tradition is to decorate the tree to holiday music, assign one child to choose the music, one child to retrieve the ornaments and the adults can put up the tree. When everyone has a role to play, it brings the entire family together.
Family traditions are a fun way to remember the holidays. Traditions that you establish from year to year will stick with your children long into adulthood.
They’ll become part of the story of their life.
Family Gift Exchange
If your family is growing and you have now have got too many members counting grandchildren, nieces, nephews, your own children and your parents, you may want to consider doing a gift exchange.
The way to do this is put everybody's name into a hat, and then have each person draw one name that they will buy a gift for. You will want to put a price limit on it on the gift so that everybody knows not too go over.
Now when you have your family gathering for Christmas, everyone can pass out their gifts and be sure that everyone gets one.
Another fun thing to do is have a white elephant gift. This is where everybody buys a gift and then number all the gifts.
Next each person picks a number out of the box and that is the gift they get. Now everyone opens their gifts.
Now the person that had number one can look around the room at everybody's gifts and if they want somebody else's gift instead of the one they got, they can change it by taking someone else’s and giving them there gift.
Next continue this with each person until everyone has had a chance to steal a least one gift. Now just to make it even more fun, go around the room one more time and let everyone have another turn.
This can be a lot of fun as you may steal a gift you want and then somebody can come and steal it from you. Maybe on your second turn around you might be able to get it back.
Another fun game with gifts would be to buy a $1-$2 gift for each person in the family and then let each member go through and shake and feel the gifts and see if they can guess what it is. The first one you guess right is the one you can keep.
You will need to number these and write a list of what is in each one so you will know when someone gets it right.
More Resources for Simplifying Christmas
You can also save money and be unique, by making your own Christmas cards this year.
I have a brilliant pack of 1,500 Christmas royalty free images for only $5 that you can download and use year after year.
They are gorgeous and such fun to use on handmade cards and decorations.
Learning how to keep Christmas simple is a matter of making sure you are organized with your Christmas planning and budgeting every step of the way.
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