Holiday traditions seem to be the glue that keeps families going throughout all the hectic hustle and bustle of a crazy season. With all the kids’ concerts, work parties, classroom celebrations – not to mention the loudly calling Christmas commercials and brightly colored catalogs – sometimes the holidays can seem more frazzled than merry. If you want to incorporate some new holiday traditions that will keep your family focused on what’s important this year, here’re some ideas to help you out!
50+ NEW Holiday Traditions to Start This Year
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Santa’s Magic Key // Morena’s Corner
If your kids are worried about a lack of chimney for Santa, make a magic key to hang on the door.
Make your own Tree Ornaments // Organize and Decorate Everything
Get the whole family in on ornament making!
Jesse Tree Tradition // I Should Be Mopping the Floor
The Jesse tree is a historical tradition from long ago that involves hanging ornaments daily that tell the story of the birth of Christ.
Kid’s Christmas Tree // Overstuffed
If you’ve got so many handmade, school-made, church-made ornaments from your kids you simply don’t know what to do with them all, this is the tradition for you!
Christmas Piñatas // Apartment Therapy
Piñatas began in Mexico with the melding of ancient Aztec and Christian religious traditions. Traditionally, piñatas were always 7 point stars as a religious symbol, but they’ve evolved into the birthday custom you see so often today. Try incorporating a tradition from another culture into your holiday!
Decorate, Inside and Out // An Oregon Cottage
Decorating the house together – trimming the tree, adding fun touches to the windows and mantel, even decorating outside – is a great way to get into the spirit of the holidays.
Keepsake Ornament Collections // Happily Ever After Etc.
Setting out the same well-loved ornaments year after year is a fun bonding experience, and becomes rather nostalgic as you get older.
Pickle Game // My Soulful Home
Many think this game originated in Germany, though it’s hard to verify. Even if it didn’t, the idea is fun and kids will love it – just hide a pickle shaped ornament among the evergreen branches and let everyone search (eyes only). Winner gets a special prize!
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