holiday traditions to start this year

Are you thinking of starting some new holiday traditions? Maybe you’ve lost interest in your old ones, or perhaps you never really started any solid traditions. Whatever the case may be, these are 15 holiday traditions you can start this year. These traditions are all fun ways to bring your family together, make new memories and truly get into the holiday spirit. This is how you can get started.

15 Holiday Traditions To Start This Year

1. Elf on a shelf

Find an elf doll at your local retail store or you can order the official Elf on the Shelf Doll and Book. Put the elf in silly situations for kids to find. Plus, kids will know that the elf is always watching their behavior!

2. Christmas Cookie Exchange

Bake a few batches of your favorite Christmas cookies and get together with friends to exchange them. This is a fun way to mingle while trying some new recipes at the same time.

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3. Holiday Food Drive

The holidays are the perfect time to help others in need. Organize a neighborhood or church/club food drive. Collect non-perishable items for your local homeless shelter or food bank. And don’t forget to deliver your donations in Santa hats!

4. Christmas Caroling

Caroling is a good old-fashioned holiday tradition that needs to make a comeback. Gather a group of friends and go through the neighborhood caroling. You could even carry lanterns or battery operated candles and treat yourself to a hot chocolate afterwards.

5. Neighborhood Luminaries

Make luminaries from lunch sacks, sand, and a candle, or buy luminary kits. Line the sidewalk of your neighborhood with them (each neighbor can be responsible for the walk outside of their home) and pick a time to light them. It will no doubt make for a beautiful experience as neighbors walk the neighborhood and take in the sight.

6. Start a Snowman Contest

Get with friends or neighbors and enjoy a snowman contest. Use props and your imagination to build the coolest snowman. Enjoy snacks and hot chocolate after and don’t forget to recruit some judges and prizes.

7. Snowflake making

Gather some paper and scissors and get busy making all the snowflakes! Try all sorts of different patterns and sizes, then hang them on windows or attach dental floss and hang them from the ceiling.

8. Tree rings

Before you decorate your Christmas tree, cut an inch or so of the trunk off the bottom of the tree. Save this coaster shape chunk and write the year on it with a pen. Each year you can display your wood rings showing all of the Christmases you have celebrated.

9. Christmas Socks

Make it a tradition each year to treat your children to Christmas socks. The dollar store usually has all sorts of fun colors and patterns. They will love wearing them on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning.

10. Pajama ride

When dusk falls, have the kids put on their pajamas, grab blankets and pillows and head to the car. Take them on an evening ride around the neighborhood to see all of the Christmas lights.

11. Family movie night

Choose from one of the many family-friendly holiday movies, pop some popcorn, and cuddle up for a night of flicks. It’s the perfect time of year to embrace this holiday tradition and enjoy some of the holiday classics.

12. Cookie Decorating

Grab some basic sugar cookie dough and plenty of frosting, food coloring, sprinkles and icing. Let the kids go crazy and decorate Christmas cookies any way they wish. They are sure to get creative!

13. Donate your time

Give back to your community by donating your time this holiday. Work a few hours at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or food bank. They are sure to appreciate your help during one of their busiest times of the year.

14. Make Christmas cards

Gather your craft supplies and make Christmas cards for nursing homes, family, and friends. Kids will love making their own cards and you are sure to put smiles on the faces of many.

15. Make reindeer food

Mix some dry oatmeal with flitter and sprinkle in the yard for Santa’s reindeer. The kids are sure to love it and you will see it sparkle in the snow. This is a fun activity to do on Christmas Eve after you put cookies out for Santa.


Give one of these holiday traditions a try this holiday season and see if it can’t become a new yearly tradition for you and your family!

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