I know, I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and I’m posting about Christmas! Don’t get mad, I’m just trying to get prepared. I have a tendency to be a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to getting ready for the holidays and I’m trying to do better this year.
I really want to start some good Holiday Traditions for my boys. I want them to have fond memories of Christmas and things they look forward to every year. They are still very young, so now’s the time to make some decisions on what our family traditions will be.
So, I’ve been brainstorming with my husband and we have come up with 5 traditions we’d like to start with our kids.
Holiday Baking – I love being in the kitchen cooking and baking. Usually we keep the goodies all for ourselves, but I’d like to start baking for others too. So, I’m going to bring the kids in the kitchen with me and we’re going to bake Christmas cookies, bread, candy, and other goodies, and take them to friends, neighbors, and teachers.
Random Acts of Kindness (RACK) – This is a fairly new concept, at least to me, and it’s one I love. The point is to do one random act of kindness towards a stranger every day leading up to Christmas. We love this idea, and are already making a list of ways our family can show kindness to others during the holidays.
Make Ornaments – My husband and I both have ornaments from our childhood and each one has a special memory. It’s so fun decorating a tree with all those memories. We want to do the same for our boys, so each year we’re going to make a new one to hang on our family tree.
Holiday Lights – This is a tradition that my husband and I both did with our families when we were children, so it’s something we like to do with our own kids. We love jumping in the car with a cup of hot chocolate looking at Holiday lights with Christmas music on. It so puts us in the Holiday mood!
Read “The Night Before Christmas” on Christmas Eve – I loved this book as a child, and really liked to read it on the night before Christmas (because I’m original like that). I think it’s the perfect way to settle down for bed on Christmas Eve. I’m so excited to share this tradition with my little ones. I’m even more excited that I’ve found MyChronicleBooks, a company that will personalize the book for my boys.
I’ve ordered two Night Before Christmas books for my boys. I was able to personalize their books with their names, their picture, our last name, hometown, and even our cat, Lucy, makes and appearance! The part I like the most is that I could see what the finished book will look like before I bought it.
I can’t wait for them to read their books on Christmas Eve!
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These 5 traditions are just the start, and I hope I can come up with more over the next few weeks.
Help me out! Tell me your favorite holiday traditions that you do with your family. I could use some more ideas.