Few could argue that of all the major holidays, Christmas is the one that is quintessentially about family.
It’s the one time where more families make more effort to get together than any other time of year.
Part of the magic and joy surrounding the yuletide season is the making, celebrating, and participating in various family traditions!
Christmas Traditions: Tying the Past to the Present
Being part of a family inevitably means there will be traditions passed down through the years.
Many people share specific Christmas traditions with their family that they learned from their own families growing up.
But maybe you’re just beginning your Christmas holidays as a family and you don’t really have any traditions of your own yet.
There are many popular traditions that you can pick from and make them a part of your own holiday traditions.
There are traditions that are suitable for any age group.
Family Things To Do At Christmas
One favorite holiday tradition in many families is making Christmas cards to send out.
You can choose to send cards personalized with your own family photo and a poem or a few lines telling the receiver what they mean to you.
If you don’t have the time to make Christmas cards, you can get store bought ones and add your own touch to them.
An all-time favorite! From selecting the cookies to make to shopping for the ingredients to hunkering down in the kitchen getting busy making the dough!
Rolling out the dough and cutting out shapes with seasonal cookie cutters is so much fun for everyone and is perfect for kids of all ages.
Nothing beats the combination of the warm oven, the lovely aromas, and the time spent with family, relatives, and friends in a cozy kitchen!
That’s what makes THIS particular activity a tradition that lasts and lasts!
Attending Church or Other Religious Ceremony
Another well-known holiday tradition is attending a church event together.
Many churches have Christmas Eve services that are beautiful with all the decorations and the soft glow of candlelight.
Many churches choose to pass on the live poinsettias they use in decorations on to the people who attend the service.
Letters To Santa
Young children can write letters to Santa and take it to the local post office.
Some post offices have a special box set up just for letters from Santa.
Kids can also get involved in decorating the Christmas tree.
As you hang the ornaments on the tree, if there’s no history behind the ornaments, you can share bits of your history with your child or talk about the meaning of Christmas.
Putting Up the Christmas Tree
Putting up the tree can become a time of sharing conversation that children look forward to.
You can start a tradition of listening to certain songs as you put up the tree.
One family listened to Bing Crosby Christmas songs while putting up their tree over forty ago, then their grown children kept up the tradition and later passed it on to their children.
Christmas Eve Dinner
A well received tradition is the practice of dining by candlelight on Christmas Eve and afterward, each family member opens one gift.
You’ll want to set aside a particular gift on Christmas Eve so that you’re not digging through the piles of gifts to find it.
After the gifts are open, gather together to sing Christmas songs.
Christmas is filled with anticipation of the coming day and the days leading up to it should be celebrated just as much as the day is.
Christmas Shows, Movies and Parades
Most cities have Christmas parades or Christmas music shows that residents can attend. Make it a habit to attend one every year.
The night before Christmas, begin the tradition of reading a Christmas book, sharing the Christmas story, or watching a much loved Christmas movie together.
Precious Holiday Memories!
Whatever traditions you decide to incorporate into your family, you’ll be glad you did.
Doing one or more family things at Christmas will make the holidays more meaningful and give everyone something to look forward to.
Fun Family Christmas Traditions
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