The most wonderful time of the year is near, so I’ve been thinking about some fun family Christmas traditions that we could start.
In line with the spirit of giving and families coming together, I've rounded up the best ideas of family things to do at Christmas that would bring meaning to this time of the season.
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1. Drive around to see Christmas lights
My parents don’t usually celebrate holidays, but the one thing we did do while I was in elementary was put up Christmas lights. We also used go around the neighborhood to see the lights and it was one of my favorite activities during the holidays.
In the neighborhood I live in now, there’s a street nicknamed “Christmas Lane.” Every house on that street is decorated, and every night in December, someone dresses up as Santa and passes out candy to the kids.
3. Give a gift to a family in need
Since Christmas is supposed to be about giving, programs like Angel Tree and Toys for Tots are a great way to teach my son to be grateful for what he has and to be generous and giving.
5. Write a letter to kids from Santa
These letters from Santa could share the ways I remember my son being nice over naughty. It would be cute to keep these letters each Christmas and see how he’s changed (or not) over the years from the parent's point of view.
6. Camp out by Christmas tree
Another fun idea if you have a Christmas tree would be to have a slumber party in the living room and sleep by the Christmas tree in a matching set of these. The whole family will be ready to celebrate right then and there on the morning of the special day.
7. Bake for friends and family
I love this idea for two reasons:
- you get to bond with your child during the baking process (is this gift set adorbs or what?)
- and then our family gets to share the treats with loved ones afterwards.
Another variation would be to give these goodies to a member in the community who does good, like nurses at the hospital or the local fire department.
8. Encourage kids to be nice over naughty with Kindness Elves
Last but not least in this roundup is the concept of Kindness Elves. Basically, these elf dolls leave a suggestion for a good deed that kids can complete during the day. After the task is accomplished, the elves leave a nice note congratulating them on passing on kindness, encouraging kids to keep up with the spirit of giving.