Have you been searching Google and Pinterest for family Christmas traditions? But then you find 500 ideas and have no idea which one to choose… so you just wing it and call it a day? The kids got gifts and food. It works. Right?
Take a minute this year and make a game plan to start family Christmas traditions that you can look forward to year after year.
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How To Start Family Christmas Traditions
Get your husband on board
In order for it to actually be a FAMILY Christmas tradition, the entire family needs to participate. So if your husband is gung-ho about the holidays and ready to try just about anything, GREAT.
But what if he isn’t? What if he just wants you to do it while he stays home or sits and watches TV? You are not alone.
I am blessed with a husband who will try just about anything that I want to if I ask him to. He also knows the value of having family Christmas traditions and wants them for our kids. But I know that not every husband is like that.
If yours is apprehensive or JUST not into it, sit down and talk to him about it.
Discuss why you want to put effort into building Christmas traditions for your family. And, most of all, talk about what you both loved (and didn’t like) about Christmas growing up. Incorporate your favorite things and leave out the ones you never cared for. Then, have some fun trying some new things.
But by helping him remember the good traditions from his family growing up, you will help him get excited and realize why it is important.
Narrow down your search
There are TONS of ideas out there. It can be incredibly overwhelming.
Start by doing a basic search online or talking to your friends and family about their family Christmas traditions. Get ideas going in your head so that you can figure out what you think would be a good fit for your family.
Don’t try to do it all. Not everything is going to be a tradition. And that is OK. This year, I am doing 25 Days of Christmas Family Activities so we can try out different things. But I am preparing for it ahead of time and plan to pay attention to what we like and don’t like. That way a handful of the things we do can become our Christmas traditions, while the others can be forgotten or done on occasion,
Do what matters most to you
Here’s the thing. I’m gonna get real with you. You need to do what works for YOUR family.
It can’t be your family Christmas traditions if you all hate it and never want to do it again. So don’t get caught up in trendy stuff if it is not fun for YOU.
At my house, we are big food and movie people. So we watch a lot of Christmas movies and have a special dinner Christmas Eve and breakfast on Christmas morning. My husband and I also believe that imagination and believing in magic are imperative to a child’s growth and development. So we have very special dishes for Santa’s food. He gets milk and cookies, and we leave fresh veggies for the reindeer.
But maybe that doesn’t work for your family? SO here are some ideas on things you can do:
- Gingerbread house contest
- Gift swap
- Something to want, need, wear, and read
- Christmas eve box with a movie, candy, socks, and pjs
- Matching Christmas pjs
- Baking cookies
- Elf on the shelf
- Advent calendar
- Look at local lights
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