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17 Christmas Traditions To Start With Your Family This Holiday Season

It’s finally here!!!

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to start a new tradition or 17.

Need an idea for a fun new tradition? We’ve got you covered.

Keep reading to learn about a few Christmas traditions that you just might want to start.

17 Christmas Traditions To Start This Holiday Season

Put Up The Christmas Tree Thanksgiving Night — Keep that tree up just as long as you can during the holiday season. Throw on a Christmas movie, pop some popcorn, make some hot chocolate, and decorate the Christmas Tree as a family.

Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas As A Family – Make some core memories by watching everyone’s favorite Christmas short as a family. Make a snack box (8-ounce soda, movie candy, popcorn), and kick back and enjoy the flick.

Make Christmas Cookies – Make them all! Gingerbread, sugar cookies, Russian tea cookies, Santa trash cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, melted snowman cookies, thumbprint cookies — you get the point. Make them all! Then go hand them out to all your neighbors.

Go Ice Skating – Many cities have outdoor skating rinks during the season. Put on your thickest coat, gloves, and scarves, and throw on those skates. Take a couple laps around the rink. You won’t regret it.

Make Hot Chocolate – You can make regular hot chocolate with powder packets – or – you can get fancy and make some from scratch. Maybe you could make it special, and try a different specialty hot chocolate every day for an entire week in December leading up to Christmas.

Send Christmas Cards – I know. It can get crazy expensive. But, even if you just send Christmas cards to those in your family, it will put you in the best Christmas spirit. You can get a selection of Christmas cards HERE.

Keep A Gratitude Journal – You won’t believe how keeping a gratitude journal will lift your spirits and put you in that Christmas mood. Find at least one thing every single day for which to be thankful, and write it down. Go back on Christmas Eve, and look at everything you have to be thankful for.

Host A Christmas Movie Marathon – Okay. I’m just gonna say it. Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies! Invite your besties to your house, dress up in ugly Christmas sweaters, pop some popcorn, and watch a couple back to back Christmas movies.

Go Caroling At A Nursing Home – The residents will love it!! Gather your besties, or maybe your church group, warm up those singing vocal chords, and head on over to your local nursing home. Sing your favorite Christmas tunes, and brighten someone’s Christmas season.

Give Christmas Eve Jammies – Many people have the tradition to let the kids open one gift on Christmas Eve. Make that gift pajamas! It is something they can look forward to every Christmas Eve, and something they can use throughout the year!!

Fill A Shoebox For Operation Christmas Child – This organization sends shoebox gifts to kids around the world — 100 different countries. Get your family together, hit up Target, and find fun little things to fill a shoebox to send to Operation Christmas Child. They will do the work of distributing your shoebox to a child in need.

Operation Christmas Child

“Adopt” Someone Off An Angel Tree – You can usually find these trees — put up by the Salvation Army — in Walmart or your local mall. It’s a Christmas Tree with card ornaments that contain the name of a child or senior that needs gifts this holiday season. The cards also have gift ideas for the individual — what they want the most and what they need.

Read How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Outloud – It’s my favorite Christmas story of all time. The story is just long enough to gather ’round the fire, and read one evening during the holidays. It’s perfect to do as a family.


Go Look At Christmas Lights – We have the tradition to do this on Christmas Eve. It is so fun to look forward to heading out as a family the night before Christmas to look at twinkly Christmas lights. Go to several different neighborhoods, and make a fun evening of it.

Write “Thank You” Cards For Christmas Lights – Make generic Thank You cards — like maybe 10 different ones. Take them with you when you go to look at the Christmas lights. When you find a house that you really love, go hide a Thank You card on their front porch or maybe on their door thanking them for taking the time to decorate for the holidays.

Hide The Pickle – This is a tradition that we follow every year. On Christmas Eve, before you head to bed, someone hides a pickle ornament somewhere on the tree. Then, on Christmas day, the person who first finds the pickle ornament gets to open the first gift. You can find a pickle ornament HERE.

Make Christmas Breakfast – You can get crazy and elaborate with this. OR, you can do something as simple as eggs, bacon, and Orange Rolls. It will be fun for everyone to have a yummy breakfast before opening gifts.