Being part of a family usually means there will be traditions passed down through the generations. Many people have grown up with the traditions of their families and then pass them down to their children.
But maybe you’re just starting your Christmas holiday as a family and you don’t have your own traditions yet. There are many popular traditions you can find and start using as your own holiday tradition. There are traditions that are good for all age groups.
Making your own Christmas cards to send out is a favorite holiday tradition in many families. You can personalize the cards with a family photo and write a poem or a few lines telling the person what they mean to you. If you don’t have a lot of time to make your own Christmas cards, you can buy them and add your own personal touch to them.
Another popular holiday tradition is attending a church service together. Churches usually have Christmas Eve services that are decorated beautifully and have the soft glow of candlelight.
Putting the Christmas tree up and decorating it can be a time of sharing conversation that children look forward to. You can start a tradition of listening to certain Christmas songs while decorating the tree. You could listen to Bing Crosby, Michael Buble or another favorite singer’s Christmas songs. You could find a CD with various artists and listen to that each year.
Some families like to bake together. You could make Christmas cookies, brownies or cupcakes. There are healthy Christmas treats you can find online by searching that are cute to make. A gingerbread house kit can be fun to put together and decorate.
One tradition we have in our family is having our Christmas Eve dinner by candlelight and then we each get to open one of our gifts. It’s easier if you set each person’s gift aside so that you don’t have to dig through all the other gifts.
Another tradition we have in our family is buying each child an ornament. They can hang the ornament on the tree for that year. When we take down the ornaments after Christmas each child puts the ornament in their box and the box is put away. When they move out on their own they get their box of ornaments to hang on their first Christmas tree.
The night before Christmas you could begin a tradition of reading a Christmas book, watching a Christmas movie or singing Christmas songs and having hot cocoa together. Once you start your own family traditions, you will be glad you did. It will make the holidays more meaningful and everyone will look forward to it each year.