The holidays will be here before you know it. It’s the perfect time to start planning some new traditions for you and your family to take part in.
Hide The Christmas Pickle
This interesting Christmas tradition hails from Germany. How it works is that a designated person hides a special pickle ornament in their family’s Christmas tree. Whoever finds the pickle first gets a special prize. It’s actually a lot more difficult to find the pickle than many people expect as the green color of it blends in with the branches on the Christmas tree.
This is a great Christmas tradition to take part in for those that have a large family. Each person draws the name of one family member out of a hat. They then go and buy presents only for that person, and they secretly place them under the Christmas tree. After each person opens their gift on Christmas morning, they will need to try to guess who was their Secret Santa and bought them their gift.
Host A Cookie Exchange
Most of us love to bake, but we don’t necessarily have a lot of time to make all of the different holiday sweets that we’d like to eat. A cookie exchange can easily allow you to try different cookies without having to master a bunch of different cookie recipes. You will need to get at least several different people to take part in the exchange. Each participant should make enough of one type of cookie to give to each person. This is a great way to exchange a bunch of cookies at one time during the holidays.
Watch Holiday Movies Together
There’s always a lot of great holiday movies on TV this time of year. Now is the perfect time to watch some of them. Pop some popcorn, make some hot chocolate, get in your pajamas, and host a family movie night so that you can enjoy these movies with one another.
Put Together A Gingerbread House
Gingerbread houses are so much fun to make for both children and adults. This holiday tradition will allow you and your family members to get a little bit creative this holiday season. If you don’t have time to bake gingerbread pieces from scratch, you can always buy a gingerbread kit that will only require you to put it together.
Get An Advent Calendar
Kids love counting down the days until Christmas. You can help them get even more into the holiday spirit by getting them an advent calendar. Every night, they will open one door on their calendar. They will find a special treat behind each door like chocolate or a small toy.
Take Part In A Toy Drive
You and your children can really help out your community by taking part in a toy drive. This tradition will allow you to give toys to children that might not have a Christmas without your generosity. Your kids will love giving back to others, and you will enjoy spreading holiday to children in your community.
Go Ice Skating
With the chilly weather that tends to occur right around the holidays, you will find it’s the perfect time to go ice skating. You and your kids can make a lot of great memories as you are zipping around the ice skating rink together. It’s a great way to bond and have some meaningful conversations with your children. If you don’t live in an area where it gets cold, you may be able to find an indoor ice skating rink near you.
There are a lot of holiday traditions that you should take part in with your children in order to create memories that will last a lifetime. If you are looking for some new traditions this year, try some of the ones mentioned above. They may become traditions that you and your kids look forward to for years to come.