50+ traditions to inspire your holidays {101 Days of Christmas}

50+ traditions to inspire your holidays {101 Days of Christmas}

50+ Christmas traditions to inspire your holidays

In our house, we always say it’s not really Christmas until the candy cane cookies have been made!

Our family is big on traditions. We believe that traditions — things you do again and again and look forward to each year with anticipation — build the strongest memories and carry the most meaning. Whether those traditions are simple, such as sipping hot chocolate while you decorate the tree, or a big deal, like participating in a local production of the Nutcracker, they reflect your family’s values and priorities during the holiday season. They can be meaningful because they offer a life lesson or a chance to step outside of yourself or simply because they’re a fun memory for your family to share.

I meant what I said a couple of weeks ago about Christmas and Pinterest. The point of this list is not to encourage you to do all the things; it’s to inspire you as you create your own traditions, and to remind you that even the simple things can be traditions that your kids will remember for a lifetime.

  1. Celebrate with an advent wreath in December.
  2. Ring the Salvation Army bell.
  3. Pick out and send a gift to a family in need through the World Vision Gifts Catalog.
  4. Drive to see Christmas lights.
  5. Get an Elf on a Shelf.
  6. Sleep under the Christmas tree.
  7. Write stocking letters.
  8. Open a gift on Christmas Eve.
  9. Give everyone new Christmas pajamas.
  10. Add a new ornament to your collection.
  11. Leave cookies out for Santa.
  12. And carrots for Rudolph.
  13. Countdown with an advent chain.
  14. Make a random acts of kindness advent calendar.
  15. Send Christmas cards or a newsletter.
  16. Bonus points if you add a handwritten note!
  17. Send cards to soldiers.
  18. Deliver cookies to community helpers.
  19. Decorate gingerbread houses.
  20. Hand out treats to delivery drivers, trashmen, etc.
  21. Attend a candlelight service or midnight mass on Christmas Eve.
  22. Attend Christmas morning church/mass.
  23. Do a sibling gift exchange.
  24. Take family pictures in front of the tree.
  25. Host a cookie swap.
  26. Read The Night Before Christmas.
  27. Unwrap a new Christmas book each day.
  28. Roast chestnuts.
  29. Serve at a community shelter.
  30. Fill boxes with meals for local families.
  31. Put wreaths on local veterans’ graves.
  32. Visit a nursing home.
  33. Go caroling.
  34. String popcorn garland outside.
  35. Read a daily Jesse Tree devotional.
  36. Work through Truth in the Tinsel.
  37. Go see a movie on Christmas Day.
  38. Make ornaments.
  39. Read the Christmas story.
  40. Sing Christmas carols at home.
  41. Decorate the tree.
  42. Make hot chocolate or hot vanilla.
  43. Bake cookies together.
  44. Go see The Nutcracker.
  45. Host an ugly Christmas sweater party.
  46. Drop cookies at toll booths.
  47. Participate in a Christmas play.
  48. Adopt a local family for Christmas.
  49. Make homemade eggnog.
  50. Collect and distribute coats for families in need.
  51. Make cinnamon rolls or sticky buns for Christmas morning.
  52. Enjoy appetizers for Christmas Eve.
  53. Go to a Christmas parade or community tree lighting.
  54. Host a Christmas morning brunch.
  55. Make wassail.
  56. Make marzipan on St. Nicholas’ Day.
  57. Participate in a community singalong of Handel’s Messiah. (Hint: Google “Handel’s Messiah singalong” with the name of your city to find one near you!)
  58. Watch Polar Express.
  59. Or A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  60. Or Elf.
  61. Or It’s a Wonderful Life.
  62. Or whatever your favorite Christmas movie is!

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P.S. Many thanks to the people on Facebook who shared their traditions with me as I was writing this post. Be sure to comment and tell me about your family’s favorite traditions!

Join us as we celebrate 101 Days of Christmas with new DIY projects, gift ideas, traditions and more every day from now through Christmas!

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