12/20/2018
4 Holiday Traditions to Start

4 Holiday Traditions
to Start

The holiday season brings a sense of warmth and comfort. When you think back on your family’s traditions around the holidays, those memories should be forever cherished. Maybe each year you take your grandkids to see Santa, or maybe each year you read the famous letter from Virigina, which was written in 1897. Now that you may have children and grandchildren of your own, you might be thinking about starting new holiday traditions for the little ones. Read on for four new traditions you can start this year.

  • Cookie bake-off.
  • Embrace your culture.
  • Have a ‘Year in Review.’
  • Give back to the community.
  1. Host a cookie bake-off. People tend to bond over food. One of the best ways to guarantee laughs and bonding is over baking and decorating cookies. This is an activity for the whole family to get involved. An added bonus: Baking cookies is an activity that engages all of the senses, which activates the brain. Think about it – you use sight to read a recipe, touch when you are rolling the dough and cutting shapes, smell while the cookies are baking, and of course tasting the finished product! If you don’t do this already, it’s a great tradition to start.
     
  2. Embrace your culture. Get in touch with your family’s roots by embracing the traditions from your background. This can range from simply learning how to say ‘Happy Holidays’ in the language, to cooking a dish from your background. You can have a lot of fun with this and bond over your family’s history.
     
  3. Have a ‘Year in Review.’ What’s more fun than sitting by the fireplace with the entire family and looking back at the best memories of the year? Gather your closest friends and family and have everyone go around and list off their favorite event that has happened in the past year. You can spend the whole night laughing and bonding.
     
  4. Give back to the community. There are so many ways you can give back to others. Spend your time volunteering at your local soup kitchen. Find an organization that puts on a Christmas charity where you can donate a present to a child in need. Donate your clothing to a local shelter. Give the cookies you baked to emergency service workers – after all, they will be working through the holidays. This is such a fulfilling tradition to start!

The ideas listed are just a few suggestions to get your new holiday tradition started. Do you have a tradition that is unique to your family? Let us know!