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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Good Deed Countdown // Happier Homemaker
Advents are a pretty typical Christmas activity, but this one has a twist. Instead of candy or even fun activities to do together, there are ideas for easy, random acts of kindness everyone in the family can do – one for each day leading up to Christmas!
Scripture Advent Tree // Craftivity Designs
Put your advent right on your tree – it’s not so easy to lose track of it then! The tags on this tree have scriptures to read – they tell the story of Christ’s birth.
Lighting the Advent Wreath // Mom’s Party Cafe
Lighting a traditional advent wreath is a fantastic idea if you want to make your holiday celebrations more centered around Christ. The colors of the candles each have meanings and there are themes associated with each week.
Countdown by Reading Christmas Books // Kenarry
This countdown is one the kids will love – a different Christmas story every night!
Christmas Break Getaway // Knick of Time
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle, consider taking a getaway during Christmas break!
Christmas Lights Bingo (and free printable) // Salvage Sister & Mister
If you drive around looking at Christmas lights each year, it’s time to step up your game – use the free printable for Christmas lights bingo!
Birthday Party for Jesus (and 7 other ideas!) // Remodelaholic
Host a birthday party for Jesus on Christmas night as festivities are winding down. Have a birthday cake and “give gifts” to Christ (which can be as easy as writing a Christ-centered goal down and keeping it all year to remember).
Santa Footprints // Designer Trapped
Another cute idea is to leave “bootprints” in fake snow leading from the door or fireplace to the plate of cookies your kids set out!
An Elf Breakfast // House of Hargrove
Even if you don’t do Elf on the Shelf, this is a cute idea. This family does an elf breakfast (which is entirely sugary and unhealthy!) to kick off the season on December 1. You could incorporate watching the movie Elf instead of using the Elf on the Shelf doll. And if you DO use Elf on the Shelf, be sure to invite him to breakfast!
Holiday Scrapbook Pages // My Breezy Room
Each year, add a fun holiday themed scrapbook page to a binder. In just a few years, it’ll be something the kids (and other family members) will love looking back on.
Set Up a Seasonal Hot Cocoa Bar // Mountain Modern Life
Instead of one little treat of hot cocoa, set up a hot cocoa bar all December long!
Make Reindeer Dust // One Thrifty Chick
Make a tasty treat you can sprinkle in your yard to guide Santa’s buddies to your house!
Simmer Some Citrus Potpurri // Meegan Makes
This super easy simmering potpourri smells so much like the holidays! And it makes a great gift, too.
Christmas Eve Indoor Picnic // Tips From a Typical Mom
Set up a fun Christmas Eve dinner on a blanket and have a picnic inside! You could even watch a Christmas movie while you eat.
Live Nativity Reenactment // Home Stories A to Z
If you’ve got enough willing participants, acting out the nativity story on Christmas Eve is a good way to remember the meaning of Christmas.
Christmas Eve Crazy Talent Show // Eighteen 25
Or, instead of acting out the nativity, you can host a crazy talent show!
What are some of your more unique holiday traditions?
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