Holiday Traditions

60 Holiday Traditions for Your Family

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If your family is looking to create new holiday traditions, or to revitalize some old ones this year, I’ve got 60 fabulous ideas for you and your family this holiday season.

Food Traditions

  1. Bake Holiday Cookies as a family
  2. Make traditional Cultural foods unique to your family
  3. Make popcorn/cranberry garland
  4. Make a Gingerbread House
  5. Decorate Gingerbread Men
  6. Host a Cookie Exchange
  7. Make Mulled Wine
Making Mulled Wine is one of my favorite of the 60 Holiday traditions listed
Mulled Wine

Outdoor Holiday Traditions

  • Take cookies to your neighbors
  • Go caroling in the neighborhood
  • See a local play or music production
  • Visit holiday light displays
  • Visit Santa’s Village
  • Go sledding, ice skating, or skiing
  • Build a snowman
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Cutdown your own Christmas Tree
  • Decorate your front yard
  • Visit a live nativity
  • Watch a Christmas parade
  • Visit family
Kids having a snowball fight
Have a snowball fight

At Home Traditions

  • Host a Family Game Night
  • Put up decorations as a family
  • Host a Christmas Karaoke
  • Have a Movie Marathon of the Claymation Christmas movies
  • Wear Matching Pajamas for a family photo
  • Have a Countdown to Christmas Calendar
  • Host an Ugly Sweater Party
  • Write a letter to Santa
  • Watch The Grinch
  • Send Christmas Cards
  • Make your own Christmas Cards
  • Arrange a nativity scene in your home
  • Hang Mistletoe
  • Have a puzzle night
  • Host a Secret Santa Party
Man wearing an ugly sweater as one of the 60 holiday traditions
Ugly Sweater

Pay-it-Forward Holiday Traditions

  • Volunteer at a community food bank/kitchen
  • Host a canned food drive
  • Donate socks and gloves to a homeless shelter
  • Adopt a child from an Angel Tree
  • Provide a meal to a family in need
  • Donate cookies to first responders
  • Go caroling at a Senior Center
  • Offer to babysit for a single parent so they can go Christmas Shopping
Angel Tree Tag for a young boy
Adopt an Angel

Gifting Traditions

  • Pick names randomly if you have a large family
  • Give a handmade gift
  • Create a “coupon” book for family members
  • Help kids to purchase gifts for their siblings
Give handmade gifts a part of one the 60 Holiday traditions
Handmade gifts

Christmas Eve Traditions

  • Set out Christmas Cookies for Santa
  • Leave carrots for the reindeer
  • Read T’was the Night Before Christmas
  • Open one gift
  • Make Reindeer food and sprinkle it outside
  • Attend Christmas Eve Services
  • Order Chinese food
  • Bake Jesus a Birthday Cake
Reindeer food that can be left on Christmas Eve
Reindeer Food

Christmas Morning Holiday Traditions

  • Attend Christmas Morning Services
  • Host Christmas Brunch
  • Open Gifts at 12:01 AM
  • Open gifts after all your family have arrived
  • Open stockings first
Christmas Brunch as Holiday Tradition
Christmas Brunch

As we continue in the holiday season, I hope you and your family can take on a new tradition or can revitalize an old one.  If you have one, you’d like me to add it to the list for next year, PLEASE, let me know.  I’d love to hear it!

Here’s to adding new traditions this holiday season and RESETTING your life!


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