Traditions are part of what make the Christmas season so special. Decorating the Christmas tree, baking treats, hanging Christmas lights and wrapping presents are common activities, but what are some unique things you can do to make the holiday truly special? Here are some ideas we love:
Go to a movie. On Christmas, what does your family normally do? We wake up early, open presents and usually make a big breakfast. What do you do with the rest of your day, though? You are left with lots of free time and hardly anything is open! We like to go see a movie at the local theater; last year it was The Hunger Games and this year it will probably be Unbroken. Find something the whole family would enjoy seeing together!
Volunteer. Your kids have probably told you what they want for Christmas 100 times by now, right? Christmas has become focused on what we want and not what others need. Make it a family priority to help those less fortunate each year. There are plenty of local soup kitchens and shelters that would love a helping hand through the Christmas season. If you finish up your activities early on Christmas Day, head down and see if anyone could use your help.
Thankful Jar. Being thankful isn’t just for Thanksgiving or Christmas, it should be present all year long. A fun idea is to create a thankful jar, and have family members write things they are thankful for throughout the year and drop them in the jar. On Christmas, pull these out and read them together! This is a great way to reminisce and bring the family together.
Christmas is a wonderful time spent with friends and loved ones. Make your Christmas even more special by implementing some fun traditions in the years to come!
What are some traditions your family has?